NEWS RELEASE: LIMERICK LOCAL SHOPS ARE WORTH FIGHTING FOR: FATHER AND DAUGHTER TELL SENATORS IN LEINSTER HOUSE
On Wednesday (27 February), Limerick retailer Ray Ryan and his daughter Kealin made a presentation to Senators in Leinster House. The purpose of the visit was to highlight the issues that need to be addressed to ensure that local family owned shops survive and thrive. The pair spoke as members of a delegation from RGDATA, the representative association for independent family grocers.
"I am here today as a second generation retailer, with the hope that my daughter will have the chance to become the third generation" opened Ray Ryan of Ryan's Raheen Foodstore. "Independent Irish shops create more jobs, keep money locally and are the best supporters of Irish suppliers, yet we face challenges on a daily basis that need to be addressed."
Ryan called for measures to tackle business costs on family owned shops such as commercial rates and the burden red tape. He also spoke about the pressing need to ensure the safety of retailers.
21 year old, Kealin, a student at LIT, spoke of her desire to follow in her father's footsteps despite the challenges facing independent retailers. Her presentation was met with a large round of applause, with Senator MaryAnn O'Brien taking to the podium to commend her complete passion for the Ryan family business
Speaking at Leinster House, Tara Buckley, Director General, RGDATA, said, "Irish family owned grocery/convenience shops and supermarkets give consumers choice, convenience and quality. During these tough times they do not roll down the shutters and give up. Like the Ryan's, they roll up their sleeves, adapt their businesses and get on with it. Over half of RGDATA's members are planning in investing in their businesses in the next three years. Government needs to adopt policies that support this critical investment in local communities".