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Isme CEO Neil McDonnell

Isme CEO Neil McDonnell

Isme CEO Neil McDonnell

Businesses have been urged to make preparations for the impact of the coronavirus, with its effects already hitting firms in Ireland.

The chief executive of business lobby group the Irish SME Association (Isme), Neil McDonnell, said firms from nursing homes to retailers should be assessing how they would deal with any disruption that might arise from the diagnosis of any cases here.

He also said small and medium-sized firms especially should also consider having initial discussions with bank managers and accountants to determine how they would weather any potential impact.