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Leader of Sinn Féin, Mary Lou McDonald TD, Addresses Businesses of the West at Galway Chamber Live L

“I believe, despite all of the challenges, that the future is bright for Galway, and for Ireland, but this is only so if the right decisions are made today. We have to get people back to work, we have to get enterprise back, we need to come out of this crisis with an ambition to build a national economy at the heart of which are our regional towns and cities.” Deputy McDonald was a Guest Speaker for first Galway Chamber Live Leader series on Monday last.  

Mary Lou McDonald TD is Leader of Sinn Féin and Teachta Dála for the Dublin Central constituency and was joined online by the Western Region’s business community. 

JP Gilmartin, President of Galway Chamber addressed Deputy McDonald and those in attendance, commenting on business supports from Government, “With existing state supports in place until June, businesses must be given certainty on how long these supports will be available for beyond then, and what the revised qualifications criteria will look like, enabling them to then plan accordingly. Many sectors will require some degree of financial support for the remainder of 2021 and others into mid-2022.” 

Kenny Deery, CEO of Galway Chamber posed questions to Deputy McDonald asked by virtual attendees on an array of topics. The Sinn Féin Leader answered questions covering areas such as taxation, balanced regional development, housing, transport and infrastructure. 

In relation to Sinn Féin’s ambition for the future and the EU Recovery and Resilience Plan, a question was posed to Deputy McDonald asking (if she were in a position of leading Government) what priorities she would put in the National Recovery Plan. Deputy McDonald responded, “I think one of the first things that I would do is to reassure every sector of the economy, every small business owner, every worker, that for so long that there is a national public health emergency that forces you to close your doors, or that means that you cannot go to work, the State will support you…When you are in an emergency, you deploy emergency devices and you don’t leave hanging over either business, or the working population, the prospect of that getting pulled prematurely.” 

Deputy McDonald continued, “On the wider scope of things, I think the building of infrastructure and connectivity has to be at the heart of developing a national economy.”