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Low Pay Commission – SFA Submission
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Start Preparing for the new Companies Act – 1 June
Private Health Insurance – Penalties
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SFA in the Media March/April

In March, AJ Noonan, SFA Chairman was appointed to the board of the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) by the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, TD.  For further details, please click here.

The Director of the Small Firms Association, Patricia Callan welcomed the recent publication by Minister Richard Bruton, TD of the Copenhagen Economics “TTIP Impact in Ireland” report, which shows that SMEs are likely to see a more positive impact than larger firms, as reducing the fixed costs of selling make it easier for them to export into the US.  To read her full comment on this, please click here.

Patricia Callan, SFA Director also welcomed the continuing downward trend in the live register figures that were released at the beginning of April.  She commented, “Small businesses truly are the engines of our economic recovery. We have a vital role to play in terms of employment generation, especially in regional towns and villages and rural Ireland.” However she cautioned against increasing the business cost base, in particular moves to increase the National Minimum Wage, stating “increasing business labour costs without productivity gains, will not only dampen this recovery, but will ultimately lead to both the prevention of job growth and to job losses across the sector.”  To read the full press release, please click here.

Patricia Callan welcomed the launch of the Prompt Payments Code portal, by Minister for Business & Employment, Ged Nash, TD. She stated that, "The SFA has been working on this project over the past number of years, and is signing up to the Code itself and encouraging all our members, and the broader business community, public & semi-state organisations to do likewise."  Read the full press release by clicking here.

Patricia Callan also released a comment on the recent CPI Figures.  She stated, “despite the significant increase in business activity levels this year, many businesses are struggling to achieve price increases in the marketplace. Price competition in all sectors remains strong and consumers have benefited from this competition”.  To read the full press release, please click here.

TV/Radio Highlights

Patricia Callan debated the issues around low pay with Sinn Fein Deputy Peadar Tobin on UTV Ireland Live at 10pm on Thursday, 12th March. 

She also participated in a panel debate on the “Saturday with Claire Byrne Show” on RTE Radio 1 on 28th March.  Click here to listen to it.

She further debated low pay and the JobBridge internship scheme on TV3’s “Vincent Browne Show” on Tuesday 14th April.  Click here to see it.

Patricia Callan commented on the issue of zero hours contracts for UTV Ireland Live on Wednesday, 1st April and on Newstalk’s “Lunchtime” Show on Thursday, 2nd April.  Click here to listen to it.

Patricia Callan was interviewed on RTE Radio 1’s “Drivetime” Show on Wednesday, 8th April in relation to the Government’s proposals for reform of parental leave and also on Radio Kerry on Thursday, 9th April.  Click here to listen it.