Tuesday 17 July 2018

Business leaders unite to call on political parties to form government

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin and Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin and Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny

Donal O’Donovan

The country’s biggest employers groups have united to call on political parties to form a government.

Talks need to deliver a clear, comprehensive agreement to produce an administration that can run for its full term, business groups have insisted.

“The next government needs to have an unwavering focus on the significant challenges we face as a country, one with the mandate, authority and capacity to plan ambitiously and take difficult decisions if needed. The country would not be served well by a government preoccupied by the possibility of an imminent general election,” business leaders said in a joint press statement.

The move is a sign of frustration and growing concern among the business community over the lack of political progress since the General Election failed to deliver a clear result in February.

The paper is, signed by: Ian Talbot, chief executive, Chambers Ireland, Tom Parlon, director general, Construction Industry Federation, Danny McCoy, ceo,  Ibec, Mark Fielding, ceo, ISME

Simon McKeever, chief executive, Irish Exporters Association, and Patricia Callan, director, Small Firms Association.

They said the Irish economy is moving in the right direction, but domestic pressures, global economic uncertainty and a possible vote by the UK to leave the EU means we cannot take the recovery for granted. We need a government that can effectively manage every eventuality and is able to capitalise on opportunities as they arise. If the conditions are right, business will create the growth, jobs and tax revenue needed to deliver the public services, infrastructure and living standards that we all aspire to.

“Any political agreement must first and foremost serve the interests of the country as a whole. Over the coming days, all parties and TDs must play their part in supporting the creation of a stable environment for policy making and legislation that will last a full Dáil term.”

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