Ian Guider: Rent cost rows could scupper small business rescue scheme

As the grand reopening continues tomorrow, a new bill to help small firms in distress is welcome but some form of arbitration on leases is needed along with it

'The reality is that not all of these businesses will ultimately be able to survive, and this will become clear soon enough.‘ Picture: Artur Widak/NurPhoto

Following one of the longest lockdowns in Europe, the grand reopening of the Irish economy picks up pace tomorrow morning as non-essential retailers open their doors. In a few weeks' time, hotels will be fully open, to be followed by restaurants, pubs and other businesses. It is some form of normality after a pretty horrific year.

The wave of positivity at the reopening of the country, though, needs to be tempered somewhat. The reality is ...