Ennis Chamber President Calls For Clarity On €6.5bn Govt Scheme

The President of Ennis Chamber is calling for clarity surrounding a 6.5 billion euro Government scheme aimed at supporting businesses affected by Covid-19.

It comes as the need for these supports has been laid bare, by a new survey of Clare businesses which found that 60% of respondents expect to lose over half of their business this year.

They’ve also called for the pedestrianisation of Ennis Town Centre.

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This Ennis Chamber survey, which has been carried out in association with Clare FM, found a high level of concern among many businesses across Clare.

120 companies from over 20 towns and villages took part.

80% of respondents said they’re not currently trading, while 93% say their cash flow has been affected.

Nearly 60% expect to lose over half of their business this year, and many business people also spoke of the mental strain of the pandemic.

Over the weekend the Government announced 6.5 billion euro in state aid for businesses affected by Covid-19, but Ennis Chamber President Alan Flynn says there needs to be clarity on how exactly it will work.

In the meantime, many businesses are leaning on banks and insurance providers for support, with many respondents to the survey expressing dissatisfaction over the support they’ve received to date, particularly from insurers.

CEO of Ennis Chamber Margaret O’Brien says there are further steps the Government can take.

In a part of the survey aimed solely at Ennis traders, 70% said at least part of Ennis Town Centre needs to be pedestrianised to accommodate physical distancing.

But if that happens, there is an overwhelming call for Clare County Council to implement free parking and to facilitate deliveries.

The matter will be discussed during a teleconference held by the Ennis Municipal District tomorrow.

Mayor of Clare, Fianna Fáil Councillor Claire Colleran Molloy thinks it could have merit as a long term measure.

Marese O’Sullivan, Clare FM, first for local news.