Chamber Lobbying Update

This month Taoiseach Micheál Martin joined us for our virtual AGM event. His address to Dublin Chamber members covered Brexit, the impact of Covid-19, and the transition to a green economy, among other issues raised by the Chamber over the past year. He also promised to prioritise supports for businesses, employment transition, and rehiring to underpin a more impactful and sustainable path to recovery.

 

As the voice of the Dublin business community, Dublin Chamber will continue its lobbying efforts on a range of issues facing our members. Throughout the pandemic, we have focused our efforts on informing Government about the impact which Covid-19 and the public health restrictions are having on businesses of all sizes in Dublin, and the effectiveness or otherwise of various support measures, as well as the medium-to-long-term policy issues that it raises in terms of business recapitalisation, remote working, and the future of our urban centres, for example. These all remain live issues, and you can get a sense of our recent policy work on our submissions page here.

 

Meanwhile, the particular concerns of smaller businesses remain at the forefront of the Chamber agenda. Last month our Budget & Competitiveness Taskforce considered proposals for a summary rescue process for small companies, also known as ‘examinership lite’. Feedback from members has been fed into a collective national submission made on behalf of all Chambers. Thank you to those who shared their view.

 

As always, we are seeking input and feedback from all our members to help shape and inform the Chamber’s work. Here are a few ways you can contribute:

  1. Take 2 minutes to fill out our Q1 Business Outlook Survey on the issues your company is dealing with at present and what further measures are needed to support businesses this year. You can fill out the survey here.
  2. Participate in our next Focus Group, scheduled take place on Monday 22nd March at 12pm. Keep an eye on your inbox for further details.
  3. Send us an Email with your feedback on policy. We are always keen to hear from members, whether on the specific issues raised in this newsletter or any other matter. Get in touch by emailing: policy@dublinchamber.ie.