‘Stability Treaty – Support of entire business community’. Brendan Butler, Director, IBEC

14th May, 2012

Ireland’s entire business community came together earlier this week  to launch ‘Business for Ireland’ and called for an emphatic YES vote in the upcoming Stability Treaty referendum. The new group, which is made up of 76 business organisations from right across the country, representing the entire spectrum of the Irish economy.

Business for Ireland said a YES vote is vital to keep Ireland on the path to recovery and ensure economic stability. The group warned that a No vote would lead to dangerous economic uncertainty and raise questions about the future funding of the state.

Senator Feargal Quinn,  Vice President of European retailing body EuroCommerce said: “Ireland has made major strides rebuilding its international reputation. This is crucial if we are to attract inward investment and jobs to the country. A No vote would be a major setback and undermine the significant efforts that have already been made.”

Louise Phelan, Vice President Global Operations EMEA, PayPal, said: “Ireland is currently on a path to recovery and the Stability Treaty is a further move in the right direction.  Voting YES will help maintain Ireland’s position as an attractive and secure location for investment and ensure we put in place necessary housekeeping rules that will preserve our strategically important place in Europe. Voting YES will help to ensure stability, investment and growth. It is clear that US investment is instrumental to Ireland’s economic health.  It played a key role in Ireland becoming one of the most successful economies in Europe and it is now helping Ireland on its path to recovery. This part of the economy believes that a YES vote is vital.”

Fleur Creed, President at Wexford Chamber of Commerce and Director and Principal at Genesis Business College said: “As a young entrepreneur employing 18 staff throughout the South East, I strongly support a YES vote. A YES vote will deliver more certainty for my business plans. A YES vote will deliver a positive business environment. And A positive business
environment will deliver more opportunities for my family, my business, my region and the entire country.”

All the organisations in Business for Ireland will be pro-actively campaigning for a “yes” vote over the coming weeks.

I attach a list of the members of Business for Ireland.

Members of Business for Ireland

Athlone  Chamber
Alcohol Beverages Federation of Ireland (ABFI)
American Chamber of Commerce
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

Ballina Chamber
Carrick-on-Shannon Chamber
Castlebar Chamber

Cavan Chamber
Claremorris Chamber
Chambers Ireland
Clonmel Chamber
Cobh & Harbour Chamber
Construction Industry Federation (CIF)
Cork Business Association (CBA)
Cork Chamber
County Carlow Chamber
Drogheda Chamber
Dublin Chamber of Commerce
Dublin City Business Association (DCBA)
Dun Laoghaire Chamber
Dungarvan & WestnWaterford Chamber
Dundalk Chamber
European Chamber of Ireland

Financial Services Ireland
Fingal Dublin Chamber
Food and Drink Industry Ireland
Galway Chamber
Galway City Business Association

German-Irish Chamber of Industry and Commerce
Greystones Chamber
ICT Ireland
Independent Hospitals Association of Ireland (IHAI)
Institute of Auctioneers and Valuers (IPAV)
Institute of Management Consultants and Advisors
Ireland France Chamber of Commerce
Irish Banking Federation

Irish Business Employers Confederation (IBEC)
Irish Exporters Association
Irish Franchise Association
Irish Funds Industry Association

Irish Hotels Federation
Irish Management Institute (IMI)
Irish Medical Devices Association
Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association

Irish Software Association (ISA)
Irish Taxation Institute
Irish Tourist Industry Confederation
Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA)

Kells Chamber
Kilkenny Chamber
Laois Chamber
Limerick Chamber

Longford Chamber
Mallow Chamber
Midleton Chamber
Mullingar Chamber
North Kildare Chamber
Navan Chamber
New Ross Chamber

Newbridge Chamber
PharmaChemical Ireland
Retail Ireland
Shannon and District Chamber
Sligo Chamber
Small Firms Association (SFA)

Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI)
South Dublin Chamber

Telecoms and Internet Federation
Thurles Chamber
Tralee Chamber

Tullamore Chamber
Waterford Chamber
West Cork Chamber
Westport Chamber
Wexford Chamber