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SME sector can’t afford to pick up bill for living wage plan

Successive governments have neglected small indigenous business, instead bending over backwards to court FDI

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced last November that a national living wage for employees would be in place for 2026

A political consensus has emerged in Ireland in recent years about moving from a minimum wage to a situation of a living wage for all.

Proponents say a living wage is needed to provide employees with sufficient income to achieve an agreed acceptable minimum standard of living. In that sense it is an income floor, representing a figure which allows employees to afford the essentials of life.

Last November, the now Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, announced ...