Saturday August 8, 2020

Stimulus scheme: ‘They did a little bit of everything, but not enough of what we needed’

Reaction on the ground to the government’s €7bn July stimulus scheme has been distinctly mixed, with many business owners saying it fails to go far enough

2nd August, 2020
Liam Flannery of Flannery’s Bar in Limerick: ‘The PUP wasn’t thought out properly’Alan Place

Liam Flannery was relatively content with the government‘s €7 billion July stimulus package – until he read it.

The Limerick publican, whose family has been in business since 1898, was taken aback by what he found in the detail of the scheme which was broadly welcomed by many prominent business groups.

“I thought the financial crisis was bad, but this thing is just soul-destroying,” he said. “My dad is 87 and still working in...

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