Businesses left in the lurch

The response to last Tuesday’s budget from small business groups has been largely one of regret and anger, with many feeling that not enough was done to protect and foster jobs in years to come, writes Nicola Cooke

11th April, 2009

‘Jobs, jobs, jobs has to be our priority in the coming years.” That was the message from Taoiseach Brian Cowen in a speech to the Dublin Chamber of Commerce in February. Looking at the detail of the supplementary budget announced by finance minister Brian Lenihan last week, business groups felt there was little evidence of that priority.

‘‘A missed opportunity’’, ‘‘completely inadequate’’ and ‘‘disappointing’’ were some of the descriptions of a budget they...

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