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Rates Relief Needed For Flood Damaged Businesses

Feb 14, 2014

Chambers Ireland has today (14/02/14) called on the Government to follow suit with the UK Government and offer rates relief to those businesses affected by flood and storm damage.

Speaking this morning, Seán Murphy, Chambers Ireland Deputy Chief Executive, said “Significant numbers of businesses around the country have suffered severe damage due to the recent weather conditions. They need all of the support that the Government can give them to help them get back on their feet and start trading normally again as soon as possible. This includes offering relief on commercial rates. Asking businesses to pay rates, essentially a property tax for business, on a property that is damaged or in need of repair is unjust.”

“The Government has promised to make Ireland the best small country in the world in which to do business by 2016. One way to do this is to provide additional supports to businesses in their time of need,” he concluded.

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For further information contact Amy Woods, Chambers Ireland on 01 400 4319, 086 6081605 or email amy.woods@chambers.ie .

Note for Editors: The UK scheme referred to above will allow all affected businesses to apply to their local authority to get business rate relief for three months. More details are available at gov.uk.

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