Mayo business representatives joined with dozens of other business community representatives in Dublin on Wednesday morning last calling for an emphatic Yes in the upcoming fiscal treaty.
At the launch of a new group, Business for Ireland, representing 76 business organisations from across the country, which was attended by Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation Richard Bruton, the Taoiseach stated that the upcoming referendum was “more important than a general election”, adding that the impact of the vote at the end of the month is of huge significance as it will be long lasting.
Senator Feargal Quinn, vice president of European retailing body EuroCommerce, said: “Ireland has made major strides rebuilding its international reputation. This is crucial if we are to attract inward investment and jobs to the country. A No vote would be a major setback and undermine the significant efforts that have already been made.”
Louise Phelan, vice president global operations EMEA, PayPal, said: “Ireland is currently on a path to recovery and the treaty is a further move in the right direction. Voting yes will help maintain Ireland's position as an attractive and secure location for investment and ensure we put in place necessary housekeeping rules that will preserve our strategically important place in Europe.”
Fleur Creed, president of Wexford Chamber of Commerce and director and principal at Genesis Business College, said: “As a young entrepreneur employing 18 staff throughout the southeast, I strongly support a Yes vote to deliver more certainty for my business plans. A yes vote will deliver a positive business environment and more opportunities for my family, my business, my region and the entire country.”
Mayo business groups represented by the Business for Ireland group include: Ballina Chamber; Castlebar Chamber; Claremorris Chamber and Westport Chamber.