RGDATA rejects Lidl accusations of making vexatious planning objections
Lidl has a self-serving agenda on this issue and is seeking to inhibit parties from exercising their rights under the independent planning process.
Fact - Lidl stores are a low employment model and employ less than a 1/4 of the headcount of independent retailers. They don't add to retail employment.
RGDATA does not represent Musgraves. It represents independent retailers including Centra and SuperValu retailers but many others beside.
Fact - no appeal lodged by RGDATA to An Bord Pleanála has ever been regarded by An Bord Pleanála as frivolous or vexatious. Lidl are wrong on this.
Fact - RGDATA has no involvement in planning issues concerning Tesco. RGDATA members compete vigorously with Tesco, Lidl, Aldi, Dunnes and each other.
The reason that Lidl attracts so many objections is that they insist on building so many stores in places that directly represent a major threat to the vitality and viability of Irish towns and villages.
The fact that Lidl has been able to grow its market share in Ireland over a short period demonstrates that the planning system does not inhibit or frustrate competition.