Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Dara Calleary TD says the latest National Competitiveness Council (NCC) report has once again highlighted serious problems with our competitiveness.

The NCC report, “Costs of Doing Business in Ireland 2016”, underlines Ireland’s high costs and the problems that this poses in attracting more business start-ups, both domestic and foreign.

Deputy Calleary commented, “Over the last five years, I have consistently warned about the lack of progress in improving Ireland’s competitiveness.  The latest NCC report describes our price profile as “high cost, rising slowly”.  In fact, since 2010, Irish SME prices have increased by over 20%.  This is very worrying and has an impact on consumers and businesses right across the board.

“This report exposes the serious challenges faced by start-ups, as well as small and medium businesses including skills shortages, infrastructure bottlenecks and industrial unrest – all of these could further undermine national competitiveness, while the possibility of Brexit poses major problems for the Irish export business.

“These competitiveness deficiencies must be addressed immediately by the new government to ensure that future jobs growth reaches all regions, as opposed to the two tier recovery, which is the hallmark of the outgoing administration”.