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Dublin city businesses tell political candidates – ‘We need more Garda resources’.

  • Thu 11 February, 2016


The lack of Garda resources in the city, the development of transport infrastructure and maintaining the 9% rate of Vat for the hospitality sector were points raised at a political meeting hosted by DublinTown.

Members of DublinTown business group came together in The Westin Hotel today to pose questions and raise concerns to General Election candidates during a breakfast briefing organised by the company.

RTE’s David McCullagh chaired the event which gave politicians a chance to hear the views of city centre businesses about how they believe the city centre can be improved.


Some of the topics discussed during the questions and answers morning included:Working with the Gardai

  • The need for more Garda resources in the city: Garda resources have been reduced and businesses, and their customers, want to see their numbers restored.
  • The acceleration of the implementation of transport infrastructures such as Metro North.
  • Maintaining the 9% rate of Vat for the hospitality sector
  • The better management of protest demonstrations in the city centre


CEO of DublinTown Richard Guiney said:

“Today offered the city’s business community the opportunity of engaging with the politicians representing the city centre district. The engagement on a wide range of issues will, we believe, create a better understanding amongst all parties as to how we can work together to create a better city for all.”

Candidates in attendance at the event included: Minister Paschal Donohoe (Fine Gael); Cllr Gary Gannon (Social Democrats); Michael Gargan (Renua Ireland); Minister Kevin Humphreys (Labour); Cllr Paul McAuliffe (Fianna Fail); Deputy Mary Lou McDonald (Sinn Fein); Cllr Roderic O’Gorman (Green Party) and Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan (Independent).

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