ISME urges 'Yes' for Lisbon

ISME has decided to support the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty.

The decision was taken after consideration of the guarantees from the EU Heads of State secured by the Government.

At a recent meeting of the National Council of the Irish Small & Medium Enterprises Association, Eilis Quinlan said: "It is now more important than ever that Ireland remains a pivotal constituent of the European project.

"Our support of the Lisbon Treaty will allow us retain our role in Europe and assist in developing our business relationships within and outside the Union, which will not only benefit indigenous small and medium business, but the whole of Irish Society.

"Europe has provided significant opportunities for Irish SMEs in the past and will continue to do so. The challenges of the 21st century will be of such a scale that no one country, no matter how big, will be able to face alone. Over the years since 1973, Ireland has played an important role in developing the EU. We now must be brave enough as a nation to persistently pursue Ireland’s interests and the interests of Small & Medium Enterprises within the European Union.

"It is hugely important, not only for this generation but for the generations to come, that the Irish people, including those in the business community, safeguard the hard earned positive reputation that we have developed within the Union," she concluded

More on this topic

Ganley 'set to sue RTÉ'Ganley 'set to sue RTÉ'

Gilmore: No appetite for another Lisbon referendumGilmore: No appetite for another Lisbon referendum

Barroso: EU may need another treaty changeBarroso: EU may need another treaty change

EU leaders change Lisbon Treaty in bid to calm markets

More in this Section

John Lewis and Waitrose staff latest to get coronavirus bonusJohn Lewis and Waitrose staff latest to get coronavirus bonus

Viagogo reduces workforce in Limerick due to Covid-19 spreadViagogo reduces workforce in Limerick due to Covid-19 spread

Covid-19: Ryanair to take €300m hit, but still in profitCovid-19: Ryanair to take €300m hit, but still in profit

Dire US jobs numbers drive further selloff for global markets amid Covid-19 falloutDire US jobs numbers drive further selloff for global markets amid Covid-19 fallout


Lifestyle

Des O'Driscoll looks ahead at the best things to watch this weekFive TV shows for the week ahead

Frank O’Mahony of O’Mahony’s bookshop O’Connell St., Limerick. Main picture: Emma Jervis/ Press 22We Sell Books: O’Mahony’s Booksellers a long tradition in the books business

It’s a question Irish man Dylan Haskins is doing to best answer in his role with BBC Sounds. He also tells Eoghan O’Sullivan about Second Captains’ upcoming look at disgraced swim coach George GibneyWhat makes a good podcast?

The name ‘Dracula’, it’s sometimes claimed, comes from the Irish ‘droch fhola’, or ‘evil blood’. The cognoscenti, however, say its origin is ‘drac’ — ‘dragon’ in old Romanian.Richard Collins: Vampire bats don’t deserve the bad reputation

More From The Irish Examiner