Independent Alliance TD for Longford/Westmeath, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran.
Independent Alliance member and TD for Longford/Westmeath, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran has said a new Public Holiday would have negative implications for small businesses across Ireland.
Speaking in advance of the second stage discussion of a Sinn Féin Bill to put in place a new holiday – to be called Lá na Poblachta – Deputy Moran said Ireland doesn’t need another Public Holiday.
“This country is only starting to get back on its feet economically. This would have a negative impact on small businesses across the country who may be forced to either close or pay their staff extra for working on a Public Holiday.
“There are significant economic costs associated with the introduction of new public holidays in terms of lost national output – both in terms of the private sector and the delivery of public services. These have not been quantified by Sinn Fein.”
Deputy Moran said Easter in Ireland is always associated with the Easter Rising and there is already a Bank Holiday in place that weekend during which many commemorations already take place.
He said there is no significant public demand for another Public Holiday.
“This Bill was rejected in October of last year and it will be rejected again this year. It is just an effort at political posturing by Sinn Féin.
“I would urge Sinn Féin to make better use of their time in the Dáil by bringing forward Bills that actually matter to people rather than something unnecessary like this,” Deputy Moran concluded.