Govt Continues to Bury its Head in the Sand over Crisis in Retail Sector – FF

RetailFianna Fáil Spokesperson on Enterprise, Jobs and
Innovation, Dara Calleary TD, says the government continues to ignore the
growing crisis in the retail sector.

Deputy Calleary was reacting to the announcement today by retailer Marks and Spencer that it will close four of its stores nationwide with the loss of 180 jobs.

“My thoughts are with the
180 staff at Marks and Spencer and their families at this difficult and
challenging time,” said Deputy Calleary.

“In the past number of months we
have seen multinational retailers like HMV, B&Q and Homebase close stores
throughout the country. These companies are globally profitable and there must
be serious questions asked as to what conditions are forcing these retailers to
close in Ireland. On top of this, countless independent retailers close every
week all over the country.

“Fianna Fáil has repeatedly called for the
Government to implement a focussed retail strategy to tackle this issue but
Minister Richard Bruton has continuously failed to recognise the extent of the
crisis that is facing the sector.

“There are 300,000 people employed in
the retail sector in Ireland and every effort must be made to develop a strategy
to protect these jobs. The Government continues to bury its head in the sand and
as long as they do so,  more and more
retailers will be forced to close.”

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