Limerick businessmen set to stage protest over rates

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

ENOUGH is enough. That’s the message from increasingly defiant city centre retailers who are demanding radical reform of the rates system. A massive protest rally is set to take place in the city next week,

ENOUGH is enough. That’s the message from increasingly defiant city centre retailers who are demanding radical reform of the rates system.

A massive protest rally is set to take place in the city next week,

A massive protest rally is set to take place in the city next week, by business owners at breaking point unable to pay their rates.

With yet more shop closures in Limerick City Centre, retailers have decided “enough is enough”, and next Tuesday at 6.30pm, hundreds of people are set to descend on the Strand Hotel for a public meeting where major reforms to the commercial rates system will be sought.

Shop closures in Limerick’s once-thriving city centre have led to hundreds of job losses.

Now, retailers have decided: it’s time to stop the rot.

The meeting, expected to be attended by members of the Limerick Chamber and local political representatives, has been organised by the Employers for Affordable Rates (or EAR) group, which was set up in order to secure a fairer, more equitable rates regime.

The national group expects its meeting in Limerick to be one of the biggest in the country, such are the problems facing this region.

The meeting will call for three measures: first, that the government should recognise the current rates system is “unfair, inequitable and unaffordable” - and needs to be changed without delay.