Chambers of Commerce from around the country gathered in Dublin yesterday (26th September) for the first Chamber Network Budget Dialogue, facilitating engagement between Chambers and their representative TDs on the forthcoming Budget.


Speaking this morning, Chamber Chief Executive, Allan Shine commented:


“Budget 2019 is the first following the finalisation of Project Ireland 2040 and it is crucial that investments announced in the National Development Plan are delivered upon. This is also the last Budget before the UK leaves the European Union and therefore our last opportunity to ensure that there is adequate finance to support business through the volatile periods to come. We met with TDs from across the political spectrum and all parts of the country to advocate for the need for this investment and for ongoing support for SMEs in Kildare ahead of Brexit. This means retaining 9% VAT and ensuring there is adequate funds and supports for business ahead of Brexit.”

Board member of the Chamber Mairead Hennessey and myself had the opportunity to discuss our pre budget submission with Kildare TD’s Frank O’Rourke TD and James Lawless TD who were in attendance.  Further discussions were held with Minister Richard Bruton TD and Deputy Leader of Fianna Fail Dara Calleary TD


Speaking at the event, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot said,

“Although the country is in a strong position, we cannot afford to be complacent. Budget 2019 is an opportunity to prepare for any difficulties ahead. Through investment and careful planning, Government can ensure that our economic prosperity is sustainable and that we are prepared to weather all threats on the horizon.”