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Galway Chamber calls on Government for clarity on the continuation of business supports

Galway Chamber welcome the news from Government on their moving ahead with the Recovery and Resilience: The Path Ahead plan. We are now in the early stages of the Recovery phase of the pandemic.

The Path Ahead plan provides a timeline for businesses to plan accordingly for re-opening.

Galway Chamber represents over 500 businesses and over 27,000 employees in Galway City and County and are calling on Government for clarity on the continuation of business supports to ensure a full recovery from this crisis.

JP Gilmartin, President of Galway Chamber said, “We are now calling on Government for clarity on the continuation of business supports to ensure a full recovery from this crisis. With existing extensions in place until June, businesses must be given certainty on how long these supports will be available for, enabling them to then plan accordingly.”

Many businesses will require some degree of financial support for the remainder of this year. It is likely a Supplementary Budget, much like last year’s July Stimulus, will be necessary to give these guarantees. The sooner financial clarity can be given, the sooner vulnerable sectors can plan.

Galway Chamber also calls on Government to prioritise supports for Galway City, and the surrounding towns. While the Chamber welcomes measures announced to date, including on financial grants, significantly more coordination and ambition is needed.
There continues to be too much inconsistency across the country with respect to the pace of activity. This inconsistency will only hurt local economies.

Galway Chamber calls on elected members and Local Authority officials to work together and prioritise projects that support dwell time, pedestrianisation and the evening economy in Galway City. Without this, we risk a two-tier recovery, exacerbating the impact of the pandemic for the places left behind.