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  • RGDATA reveals 90% of shop owners have been the victims of Retail Crime in the last year
    Garda reaction however only 55 were kept up to date on the progress of any investigation While the perpetrators were prosecuted and convicted in over 80 of cases a sentence was not imposed Commenting on the results of the survey today Tara Buckley Director General RGDATA said The impact that the increased spate of retail crime is having on our members is extremely serious and impacting not just on their livelihoods but also increasing their stress and anxiety levels beyond what is acceptable Independent family owned businesses are vital for our local rural communities However they are also extremely vulnerable as everyone knows who they are and where they live She continued Our members have invested heavily in security and CCTV but this is not deterring crime to any great extent There are some retailers who have spoken about closing up their shops as a consequence of the fear and threat to themselves their staff and their families from criminal elements RGDATA has written to the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald TD outlining the serious situation shop owners find themselves in and outlined a number of urgent measures required to tackle retail crime These measures are as follows A more visible Garda presence in rural towns and villages A commitment by Garda to follow up with retailers in relation to a crime reported The use of the network of retailers for installation of Garda CCTV facilities in areas of particular vulnerability or in locations of pivotal importance from a transport perspective Longer sentences for serial shoplifters in particular the practice of imposing concurrent sentences for offences fails to provide the deterrent required for recidivist criminals Lifetime driving bans for drivers of getaway cars Stronger trespass laws with increased protection for retailers who wish to refuse a person access to their

    Original URL path: http://www.rgdata.ie/index.php/press-room/press-releases/258-rgdata-reveals-90-of-shop-owners-have-been-the-victims-of-retail-crime-in-the-last-year (2016-02-18)
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  • An election manifesto for independent retailers: General Election 2016
    Website Login Press Releases 2016 19 Jan 2016 An election manifesto for independent retailers General Election 2016 Read here div uk panel data uk grid margin Built with HTML5 and CSS3 by Reidnet Design Copyright RGDATA 2014 Registered in Ireland

    Original URL path: http://www.rgdata.ie/index.php/press-room/press-releases/255-an-election-manifesto-for-independent-retailers-general-election-2016 (2016-02-18)
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  • Low Pay Commission ‘Consultation’ exercise on sub minima rates for young people is grossly deficient
    is provided Instead we are asked to comment generally on the appropriateness of the sub minima rates with regard to their impact on youth unemployment rates and participation in education Tara Buckley Director General RGDATA commented There is no information provided on the impact of the rates on youth unemployment rates or participation in education and consequently we are being asked our opinion on an unspecific and very general issue She added If the Low Pay Commission is to perform its functions effectively and to seek the views of stakeholders with an interest in the issues under review it behoves the Commission to present properly structured and informed consultation processes rather than just throw out general themes for discussion and subjective assessments The issue which is purportedly at the basis of the consultation exercise is one of importance to RGDATA members The retail outlets represented by RGDATA do provide many young people with part time holiday work giving them their first taste of work and often funding students through their studies thereby aiding participation in education There is no indication at present that the rates of pay for these people is presenting any problems or challenges either in respect of

    Original URL path: http://www.rgdata.ie/index.php/press-room/press-releases/254-low-pay-commission-consultation-exercise-on-sub-minima-rates-for-young-people-is-grossly-deficient (2016-02-18)
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  • PRESS RELEASES 2015
    additional information Contact Members Website Login Press Releases 2016 31 Dec 2015 PRESS RELEASES 2015 div uk panel data uk grid margin Built with HTML5 and CSS3 by Reidnet Design Copyright RGDATA 2014 Registered in Ireland No 00515768 Privacy Policy

    Original URL path: http://www.rgdata.ie/index.php/press-room/press-releases/257-rel2015 (2016-02-18)
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  • EM News must consult Retailers on carriage charges review: RGDATA
    any changes to carriage charges before consulting independent shop owners RGDATA Director General Tara Buckley commented A letter was issued to retailers from EM News on 4 December briefly notifying them that an annual review of carriage charges was to take place Shop owners immediately contacted RGDATA to see if we could arrange a meeting so that their views would be heard as part of the review She continued RGDATA had sought a meeting with EM News but our members were unable to attend in the weeks running up to Christmas as they are the busiest of the year in the retail sector RGDATA is urging EM News to defer any changes in carriage charges until they have consulted shop owners and met with an RGDATA delegation in the New Year Buckley has written to EM News seeking details of the format the review is going to take and if the views of shop owners will be included in the review process In the meantime we have specifically asked EM News not to make any changes to carriage charges until retailers views have been heard Buckley said Ends For further information Kathleen Cahill Communications Manager RGDATA Ph 01 2887584 Mob

    Original URL path: http://www.rgdata.ie/index.php/press-room/press-releases/246-em-news-must-consult-retailers-on-carriage-charges-review-rgdata-2 (2016-02-18)
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  • Irresponsible Retailers rewarded by new alcohol sales curbs
    stores in market for the sale of alcohol RGDATA Director General said that the new provisions on structural separation of alcohol products will disproportionately impact on smaller family owned stores with less room to adapt their business premises but will leave the larger multiple operators untouched Tara Buckley commented The main problem with the sale and display of alcohol products in shops has been the irresponsible marketing and promotional policies adopted by some of the largest retailers in the State who have been engaged in the below cost sale of alcohol They have adopted wholly irresponsible and reckless sales practices some of which will at last be addressed by this Bill However they are also the main retail winners from this new legislation as the new rules on structural separation of alcohol products will cause them limited inconvenience and allow them to strengthen their market position in liquor sales Regrettably smaller family owned shops which exercise greater control and restraint on alcohol sales will have the greatest challenge adopting their premises to accommodate new rules on alcohol sales Many may be unable to comply or will not be able to fund the changes and may have to give up alcohol

    Original URL path: http://www.rgdata.ie/index.php/press-room/press-releases/243-irresponsible-retailers-rewarded-by-new-alcohol-sales-curbs (2016-02-18)
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  • Local authorities culpable for decline of Irish town centres
    s Towns Ms Buckley claimed that many local authorities have aided the decline of town centres in Ireland by having a short sighted approach to planning and development in town centres and pursuing damaging town centre parking policies Buckley commented Every week I hear from retailers who express their frustration at the approach of their local authority towards their town centres The Councils penalise people who want to park and shop in the town centre while at the same time facilitating usually foreign multiples in out of town locations with free parking The Councils are also the first with their hand out seeking rates and development contributions from town centre retailers when they extend or renovate their shops Ms Buckley said that local authorities need to radically change how they view town centres She said that they need to recognise the contribution that town centres can make from a social commercial and community perspective Tara Buckley said Town centres are important social economic and community hubs They are a unique and distinctive part of our character and heritage In the context of the current debate on housing shortages town centres are also places where people can live and sustainable communities can function Local authorities need to recognise and value the contribution and potential of town centres They need to stop pursuing policies that have the effect of undermining town centres in Ireland and make Irish towns attractive and viable places to live work shop socialise and visit Ms Buckley said that Government had a role to provide national guidance and direction on town centre renewal and regeneration The Government must introduce national measures to arrest the decline of town centres and aid their sustainable regeneration she said Buckley concluded The regeneration of our towns and villages will not be achieved

    Original URL path: http://www.rgdata.ie/index.php/press-room/press-releases/236-local-authorities-culpable-for-decline-of-irish-town-centres-national-measures-needed-to-support-town-centre-regeneration (2016-02-18)
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  • RGDATA calls for grant for independent shops to subsidise cost of mandatory calorie posting
    people to larger stores many are members of symbol groups and others are non aligned Tara Buckley Director General RGDATA commented Shops need financial assistance with the introduction of mandatory calorie posting on menus It is important to point out that independent convenience grocery shops have faced extremely challenging times over the past number of years The most recent CSO retail sales statistics show a welcome growth in some retail sectors but in the convenience grocery sector sales are still flat Buckley continued Over the past six years independent retailers have had to drive efficiencies in their business and cut down on costs wherever possible in order to keep their staff in jobs and their shops open They have faced extremely challenging competition from the low cost low employment German discount chains so they have to be extremely efficient in how they run their businesses She continued Many have already invested significantly in their fresh food to go offers to differentiate themselves and provide local fresh food convenience quality excellent customer service and customer satisfaction Business owners canvassed by RGDATA in recent weeks are absolutely shocked and dismayed about this proposal for mandatory posting of calories by all food business owners They are particularly concerned about the implication of the proposals with regard to loose food and the impact that this will have on their business model the serious cost implications the staff training issues the implications of the proposed implementation the timing of the implementation and how they can operate a compliant business Having only recently completed the Allergan information which was an extremely onerous regulatory burden to manage independent shops should not have a further significant regulatory burden imposed on them without proper consultation and consideration of their concerns The 4 000 Independent shops that RGDATA represents have

    Original URL path: http://www.rgdata.ie/index.php/press-room/press-releases/235-rgdata-calls-for-grant-for-independent-shops-to-subsidise-cost-of-mandatory-calorie-posting (2016-02-18)
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