Speaking this morning, Allan Shine, Chief Executive of North Kildare Chamber said “This morning’s Live Register figures provide further evidence that Ireland is enjoying a period of sustained growth, and that Irish businesses are confident about the future. However, in order for the employment rate to keep rising, we must continue to focus on improving competitiveness and facilitating businesses in creating more jobs as a priority. Premature calls for private sector wage increases or floating the idea of raising the minimum wage will create uncertainty, particularly amongst SMEs, and stifle employment growth in 2015.”

“This was highlighted at our recent Awards Night and with meetings with Minister Gerard Nash.  Kildare is going through a period of sustained growth, our members are reporting that 2014 has been an excellent year for business and employment.  This Chamber will continue the lead for creating the environment in Kildare where businesses will thrive whilst insisting mooted calls for wage increases are squashed”, Shine concluded.