The SFA issued a press release on 28 August on its priorities for Budget 2018 stating that economic growth cannot be taken for granted and calling on Government to deliver on commitment to end discrimination against self-employed.
SFA Chair, Sue O’Neill was interviewed on the topic on Newstalk News, on Newstalk Drive and on KFM Radio on 28 August.
National Minimum Wage
The SFA issued a press release on 18 July criticising the Low Pay Commission's recommendations to Government on the National Minimum Wage. This was covered in the Northern Standard on 20 July and in the Sligo Weekender on 27 July. SFA Acting Director, Linda Barry was interviewed on the topic on TV3 News and on Newstalk Breakfast on 31 July.
Loan costs for small firms
An article in the Irish Examiner on 26 July reported that Irish banks continue to charge small firms the highest interest rates in the eurozone with a new central bank report suggesting the problem may have gotten worse for small firms. SFA Acting Director, Linda Barry said that even though only a minority of firms identified the costs of credit as a burning issue, expensive loans nonetheless played into a sense of the ill-feeling small firms have towards banks.
The SFA was referred to in articles in the Northern Standard on 27 July and in the Westmeath Examiner on 12 August on the training and up-skilling staff through Skillnets to meet business needs.
UK border proposals
In an article in the Irish Times on 16 August, the SFA welcomed the prospect of no physical infrastructure at the border, and the avoidance of any future tariffs for the majority of firms, but cautioned much would still depend on talks with the EU.
Change to .ie registration policies
The SFA were referenced in an article in TheJournal.ie on 28 August on the launch of a public consultation on whether to change the rules for how people are able to register websites with a .ie at the end of it.