Click here to view the presentation on how to prepare for Brexit on 1st January 2021.
RGDATA Director General Tara Buckley made a presentation to Sandyford Business District Innovation Week on Town Centre Regeneration and called for a national body to oversee the implementation of the Government’s Town Centre First Policy. Click here to see the presentation.
RGDATA has made further representations to Government about the need for support for independent shopkeepers and their staff as they seek to ensure that customers comply with the Covid-19 guidelines and advice. RGDATA has made the Tanaiste and the Minister for Retail aware of further incidences of abuse of shop owners and staff members when seeking to ensure that customers wore masks and complied with social distancing in store. RGDATA wrote to the Ministers for Health, Business and Justice over two weeks ago seeking further supports and on the spot fines by gardai for not wearing face covering and for abuse of shop owners and employees.
Heritage Minister Malcolm Noonan has praised the co-operative impact of the Collaborative Town Centre Health Check and how it brings all the key players together to gather evidence and data about their town. Speaking at the online launch of the launch of the Sligo Collaborative Town Centre Health Check Report the Minister said he had just come from a press conference outlining the planned increased investment in Heritage, bio-diversity and town centre renewal in Budget 2021. RGDATA Director General Tara Buckley attended the zoom launch. Click here for details.
Tanaiste & Minister for Enterprise Leo Varadkar thanked RGDATA members for all their efforts to date in delivering essential retail services to communities. The Tanaiste was chairing the Brexit Enterprise Forum (7/10) and he made the comment in response to RGDATA Director General Tara Buckley’s intervention.
Buckley told the meeting that the independent wholesalers were engaged in tremendous work preparing for Brexit and that independent retailers were still focussing on delivering essential retail in a safe way for their staff and customers and ensuring compliance with all the Covid-19 health and safety measures and mandatory face coverings.
The Forum heard updates from all the various Government Departments about getting Ireland Brexit Ready. The Tanaiste and other Government contributors emphasised that despite all the pressures from Covid 19 Irish businesses must also focus on getting Brexit ready over the next weeks.
Click here for a range of Government and other supports that are available to assist retail and food businesses in getting Brexit ready.
RGDATA has urged Government to amend the Mandatory Mask regulations to provide more support for shop owners and their staff when dealing with abusive anti-maskers in their stores. RGDATA has suggested amendments to the Statutory Instrument to include specific penalties for people who abuse retail staff when they are asked to comply with Covid-19 safety measures. Click here to read the letter to Government. RGDATA Director General Tara Buckley did an interview on Galway Talks to highlight the issue and call for more stringent measures to support retailers and their staff. Jim Kenny from Centra Blackrock went on RTE’s Liveline to highlight an incident in his store.
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