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19th May – 31st May


Independent, 19/05/19
How to become your own boss – with €10,000, or less, behind you
“A lot of small pop-up shops and casual stalls will struggle to get a quote from an insurer,” said Neil McDonnell, CEO of ISME
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Leitrim Observer, 20/05/19
ISME Meeting In Sligo planned for May 30th
The Irish SME Association is holding a meeting in to highlight the need to prepare for Brexit. Insurance reform and recruitment will also be discussed.
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Independent, 20/05/19
Plans for dedicated Garda insurance fraud unit shelved
In April, Neil McDonnell, chief executive of the Irish SME Association (ISME), told the Oireachtas Finance Committee that spiralling insurance costs were forcing businesses to close.
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The Times, 20/05/19
No garda fraud unit for insurance crime
Businesses have raised concerns about increases in premiums over the past year, with fraud cited as one of the main factors leading to higher costs.
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Independent, 23/05/19
Likeable’ TD showed ‘very poor judgment’ and should reconsider taking case – Burton
ISME chief executive Neil McDonnell said: “The fact someone enjoys a legal right to do something does not mean it is right or proper to do so.”
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Independent, 23/05/19
Six months’ paid leave for new fathers ‘not realistic for most small businesses’
Mark O’Connor, of the Irish SME Association (ISME), said this was “fantastic” news for Guinness employees, but added male employees in small businesses would have little hope of six months’ paid paternity leave.
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Today FM, 27/05/19
ISME CEO Neil McDonnell joined Matt Cooper on The Last Word to discuss the urgent need for
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EastCoast FM, 29/05/19
ISME CEO Neil McDonnell spoke live on eastcoastfm about the urgent need for as crippling insurance costs and our growing claim culture threatens to shut down businesses nationwide.


Leinster Express, 30/05/19
Laois business protest at Minister’s office over insurance nightmare
ISME said some contributors were clearly emotional and under a great deal of stress.
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Irish Daily Mail, 30/05/19
Compo Culture has gone too far and something has got to give
Neil McDonnell of ISME writes an opinion piece


Irish Mirror, 31/05/19
Pat Flanagan column: If making a dodgy insurance claim like Maria Bailey, make sure you don’t get caught
Indeed, just last month Neil McDonnell, chief executive of ISME which represents small and medium enterprises, told the Oireachtas Finance Committee that spiralling insurance costs were forcing companies to close.
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