Thursday June 4, 2020

If we don't produce entrepreneurs, we're doomed

Only 8 per cent of Ireland's adult population wants to start a business. This disastrous finding should be a serious wake-up call for our government, writes Sean O'Sullivan.

27th July, 2013
Sean O'Sullivan: 'Without entrepreneurship, we have no internally-generated jobs. Without internally-generated jobs, we have no hope of putting a dent in the live register'.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has made it clear that Ireland is "open for business", and that we aim to be the best small country in the world for business.

Yet data from the recently-published GEM Report 2012 survey has indicated that, in the last decade, Ireland's ranking has dropped from first position among European countries for aspiring entrepreneurs to last (only 8 per cent of the Irish adult population would want to start a business).

That, in a...

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