Business ministers yet to make impact
THEY are the three ministerial musketeers charged with getting Ireland's beleaguered business sector back on track, their government has an unprecedented majority and they've had five months to hit the ground running. There's just one small problem: no-one knows who they are, let alone what they're supposed to be doing.
Entrepreneurs were asked to name the Minister of State for Small Business, the Minister of State for Training and Skills and the Minister of State for Trade and Development.
Fewer than one in 10 business owners could name any of these three Ministers of State, with only a handful able to name all three, the Sunday Independent Business Owners Survey found.
Ciaran Cannon, the Minister of State for Training and Skills, polled lowest in the survey. Unfortunately for the Fine Gael TD, he is less well-known as the minister responsible for up-skilling Ireland's workforce than he was as leader of the Progressive Democrats.
Labour's Jan O'Sullivan was the second least recognised of the junior business ministers. A whopping 94 per cent of entrepreneurs were unable to name her as the Minister for State responsible for Trade and Development.
Mr Cannon's Fine Gael colleague John Perry, who is the Minister of State for Small Business, will take some comfort in knowing that he is the best-known of the three junior ministers.
However, despite the Sligo TD's relatively strong showing, 82 per cent of small business owners still couldn't name him when asked.
Sunday Indo Business