Mitchell O’Connor urges Retail Consultation Forum to support jobs growth
minister for jobs, enterprise and innovation, Mary Mitchell O'Connor TD, this week chaired the quarterly meeting of the Retail Consultation Forum
14 July 2016
Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, minister for jobs, enterprise and innovation this week chaired the quarterly meeting of the Retail Consultation Forum, at which she responded to concerns raised by the sensational results of the UK’s EU membership referendum.
“I understand the concerns that the retail sector has with regard to the uncertainty resulting from the outcome of the Brexit referendum,” O’Connor said. “The Irish Government is committed to working with the UK and other EU colleagues to minimise any negative impact of the referendum.
“We are committed to supporting Irish businesses in this period of heightened uncertainty,” the minister said. “The Irish economy is strong, and I believe the key sectors of our economy – including the retail sector – are well-positioned to meet the challenges of the coming months.”
The Retail Consultation Forum was established in 2014 as a response to the challenges experienced by the sector during the recession. It provides a space for engagement between the sector and Government bodies to identify practical actions, which could be taken by Government or industry to support the sector. Membership includes the main retail representative bodies, retailers themselves and representatives from relevant Government departments and public bodies.