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June Coverage

Below you will find some snippets from ISME in the media this month

Prime Time

ISME CEO, Neil McDonnell joined the Prime Time panel on Thursday the 18th of June.

Watch back from 19 minutes here.

The Great Business Show

Listen back to ISME’s National Council Member Tanya Thompson on episode 38 of the Great Business Show here.

ISME Chair Margaret O’Rourke Doherty also appeared on episode 39 of The Great Business Show and that can also be listened back to here. 


Neil McDonnell, chief executive of Irish SME Association (ISME), told a Dáil committee that employers are experiencing difficulties in getting staff because of enhanced COVID-19 welfare payments

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Unvaccinated workers: Neil McDonnell, CEO of ISME speaking on Drivetime on whether employers should have the right to know if their employees have been vaccinated against Covid-19.

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Return to work & Redundancies

Mr McDonnell said one of the queries his organisation is getting from the grooming sector is that there are people setting up hairdressing salons where they are not employing anyone. “What they are doing is setting up a nicely-branded salon and they are doing a thing called rent the chair, so they are letting people come in,” he said. “That is discouraging full-time employment.” He was speaking about an apparent reluctance to hire full time staff after calling for a financial support for employers when making workers redundant.

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Sick Pay

Employers will have to pay up to €1,100 extra a year for each worker to fund the new statutory sick pay scheme, according to official figures. Neil McDonnell, chief executive of ISME: ‘We have this really bizarre effort to out-left each other in the Oireachtas at the minute and just increase entitlements without any visible means of support’.

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Shop Local

ISME’s chief Neil McDonnell encouraged people to support Irish producers; “Every €10 spent locally on Irish products will generate more than €40 of benefit to the local community in terms of employment.”

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Election of the new National Council

The election of our new National Council was featured heavily in the media. The new Council elected today is the first with a female majority since its foundation in 1993 and is comprised of 56% female and 44% male members.

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