IPU

Pharmacists welcome launch of Oireachtas Committee Report on the Cost of Doing Business

  • Committee includes IPU recommendations in Report
  • Minister for Justice must outline how recommendations on crime will be implemented

IPU, Wednesday 11 July 2018: The Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) has welcomed the Report on the Cost of Doing Business from the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Business, Enterprise and Innovation, which was launched today. Speaking at the launch, IPU President Daragh Connolly said he was pleased to see the recommendations from the IPU taken on board, and called for the Minister for Justice to go before the Committee to outline how the recommendations on crime will be implemented.

Mr. Connolly said: “The IPU presented to the Committee in April, and told Committee members that pharmacies throughout the country have been subjected to criminal activity on an ongoing basis, and the problem continues to get worse. We made a number of recommendations, including the recording of specific statistics on crimes against businesses, and more visible policing. We are pleased that these recommendations are in the Committee’s Report. However, we now need action in these areas. I raised at today’s launch that the Minister for Justice must be asked to appear before the Committee to outline his strategy for implementing those recommendations related to crime. This must happen as soon as possible, to ensure that budgets allow for these measures, and pharmacists can start seeing a difference within their communities.”

Mr. Connolly concluded: “We commend and thank the Committee members and staff for their work on the Report, which is quite comprehensive and addresses many of the issues that small business owners, including pharmacists, face on a daily basis. The recommendations on rates and insurance costs, in particular, are very pertinent to family pharmacies, and we look forward to seeing progress in these areas.”

ENDS

For further information:

Siobhán Kane, Press and Communications Manager, 087 775 1510

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