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Seanad debates Labour motion on small and medium enterprises

Posted on March 29, 2012 at 11:35 AM

The Seanad this week debated a Labour Party motion on small and medium enterprises. You can read the text of the motion in our media centre here.

Senator Denis Landy proposed the motion and in this post he explains why the motion was tabled. You can see his contribution in the accompanying video; we have also included links to the contributions from other Labour Senators at the bottom of this post.

It is crucial that we assist small business and get them up and running again, the knock on effect will further progress the economy and secure Ireland's growth and prosperity.

When a retailer opens up shop in the morning, he/she is a worker, a business person and an employer all enmeshed together.

It may come as a surprise to many that the majority of Labour Senators sitting in Seanad Eireann are either directly involved in business themselves, or have come from a business background. My own mother ran a greengrocers shop for several years and my father set up a bread delivery round in south Tipperary buying his bread from his father a baker, thereby employing himself for several years.

To be a social democrat one can and indeed should also be pro business, particularly pro small business which is what we are discussing now. Entrepreneurship must to be encouraged, stimulated and invigorated.

By Senator Denis Landy

You can view the contributions from other Labour Senators at the list below:

Senator Ivana Bacik

Senator Jimmy Harte

Senator John Whelan

Senator John Gilroy

Senator John Kelly

Senator Lorraine Higgins


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