Galway Senator Fidelma Healy Eames has claimed that today’s Reform Alliance conference, which takes place at the RDS, will help take 10,000 Galwegians off the live register.
The conference, which will include speakers such as broadcaster Olivia O’Leary and David Cameron’s advisor, Philip Blond, as well as the Alliance’s seven Oireachtas members, starts at 10am this morning.
The politics section will be chaired by Tom McGuirk, the health section by medical journalist June Shannon and the economics portion of the conference will be chaired by David McWilliams.
“As well as the over 900 people who have registered to attend the conference, 350 members of the public have already submitted ideas for growing the economy and creating jobs. This conference is focussed on politics, health and the economy but at its heart it is about building ideas to create a better society that will provide people with long-term sustainable jobs,” said Senator Healy Eames, ahead of today’s conference.
“The Taoiseach talks about making Ireland the best small country in the world in which to do business. What we are focused on is making Ireland the best country in the world in which to build a small business.”
“A little known fact is that just ten per cent of all people employed in Ireland are employed by foreign multinational investors whereas over 60 per cent of the country work in small businesses,” she said. “The reality is small business growth is the only way in which we can quickly get the over 10,000 Galwegians off the live register and working in full time employment.
“Our aim is to build an arsenal of reform ideas from this national conference in Dublin on Saturday and go back to our constituencies and host smaller regional meetings to build on implementing these ideas and putting them on the agenda in the Dáil and Seanad.”
The Reform Alliance has stated that the aim of the conference is “to be as inclusive as possible and promote as many reforms as possible”, and panellists have been asked to present two specific reforms and will be given five minutes to present both reforms before they are thrown to the floor.