Wexford Chamber has called on the Government to follow suit with the UK Government and offer rates relief to those businesses affected by flood and storm damage.
Martin Doyle, President of Wexford Chamber, said “Significant numbers of businesses around the country have suffered severe damage due to the recent weather conditions. They need all of the support that the Government can give them to help them get back on their feet and start trading normally again as soon as possible. This includes offering relief on commercial rates. Asking businesses to pay rates, essentially a property tax for business, on a property that is damaged or in need of repair is unjust. Wexford town has not been affected to any great extent on this occasion thanks to the significant improvements that have been put into place by the Local Authorities. However, we must work together as a country to ensure that business people can regain a healthy trading position as soon as possible.”
“The Government has promised to make Ireland the best small country in the world in which to do business by 2016. One way to do this is to provide additional supports to businesses in their time of need,” he concluded.