Removal of state supports may reveal a worrying wobble in SME sector

While our eyes have been diverted to the giant tech companies and their recent job cuts, have we missed a wider underlying problem with our small firms?

For almost three years, Irish businesses have been largely spared the twin economic storms of the pandemic and the consequences of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine thanks to government cash. The spending has been both unprecedented in its size and unparalleled in its scope.

Few companies have been excluded from the various programmes. As the pandemic-related payments have wound down, businesses facing the energy crisis and impact of the war are being offered further payments to ...