PRESS RELEASE - 15 May 2015
RGDATA's Director General Tara Buckley joined The People's Conversation at a special session at the Wheel Conference 2015 in Croke Park Conference Centre.
Speaking about a Vision for 21st Century Ireland, the Director General of RGDATA said that Irish citizens needed to work together and support each other to build strong communities.
"I represent the owners of small shops, convenience stores and supermarkets – Irish family owned businesses that are the glue that hold a community together. International research consistently shows that communities with vibrant locally owned businesses are stronger, have citizens that are more engaged with each other, more people involved in volunteering and local community services, citizens that are more politically engaged. We need to support each other and support small local businesses if we want strong, vibrant communities where people look out for each other," Buckley said.
The People's Conversation is a movement in the spirit of the decade of commemoration where The Wheel has partnered with The Carnegie UK Trust to support a deep and challenging People’s Conversation on Citizenship to generate a vision to guide Ireland’s development in the 21st century. Irish people’s understanding of the rights, responsibilities and interrelationships of citizens, families, communities and the State have changed radically in the past 100 years. Recent events have also raised questions about our sovereignty and our ability to look after each other fairly.
"Irish family owned shops have had some very challenging years. They have had to deal with the economic downturn and the arrival of the biggest British and German retailers. But they haven't rolled over. They have rolled up their sleeves and got on with serving their customers, providing good local jobs that people can raise a family on and supporting their local community. If we want these vital businesses to survive – we need to support them," Buckley said.
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