All 22 cancer charity shops to remain open, says Bart
THE OWNER of Bart's Cancer Charity Shops has denied that he is on the brink of closing his Wexford town shop or any of his 22 shops.
Bart Murphy a Foulksmills native, denied reports that he was considering closing the branch in Wexford town but said he had to close a shop in Edenderry recently due to the rates that were being charged.
'The rates issue is absolutely ridiculous; before I make one cent they want €18,000 off me; that's €360 a week in rates. If the rates were based on turnover every business in Ireland would be far better off and the councils would be better off because they would actually be able to collect rates,' he said.
Bart said the only people staying in business in County Wexford and nationally are established businesses.
Bart also criticised the manner in which rates are set from Dublin.
'To get a valuation on our building in the Woodbine Business Park in New Ross it had to go through a Dublin office. WCC has no say on the valuation of properties in the county which is absolutely stupid. I have to pay €250 to a valuation office in Dublin to get my rates reviewed with a view to getting them reduced.'
Bart said he is confident of getting the rates reduced on his New Ross premises as he now operates in a smaller premises. He said that he plans to run in the next General Election on the 'ridiculous' rates applied to all businesses unless the Government adopts a fairer approach to business.
Bart also said the current charitable status afforded to larger charities like Rehab and the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) are counter productive, retrograde and costly to the taxpayer.
'The CRC was funded by grant money from the Government; Rehab got €84m. They wouldn't be able to pay 12 of their staff over €100,000 a year if they were running a commercial business making 1 per cent profit on their scratch cards.' Bart said he receives €30,000 per year and his full time staff are paid for 15 hours each week they work 40 hours.
New Ross Standard