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  • Government needs to do more to revitalise town and village centres claims RGDATA
    is fundamentally aimed at making towns look prettier In particular the Government needs to recognise that the single most important contributor to town and village regeneration is the presence of living communities within these areas Towns and villages need a resident population to function and support real community living The Government needs to prioritise measures that encourage and facilitate people moving back into town centres At a time when there is an acute housing shortage there is ample spare housing capacity in many of our towns and villages which under the right conditions could be brought back into use with the right targeted incentive schemes The Government also needs to examine the role of Local Authorities in preventing town centre dereliction Tara Buckley Director General of RGDATA commented It is ironic that the management and administration of the latest town centre renewal and regeneration scheme is being handled by local authorities The Government needs to examine the role of local authorities in this area particularly given that many of the planning decisions and parking policies of local authorities have been significant contributors to town centre dereliction in Ireland Any urban regeneration initiative which does not have the repopulation of our towns at its heart will make an insignificant contribution to restoring the health and vibrancy of Irish towns and villages Towns and villages need people living in them and the core focus of Government initiatives in this area needs to be on making these places viable and practical for people to live in There is an opportunity in the forthcoming Budget for the Government to introduce targeted and practical incentives to get people living in our towns and villages and to underpin regeneration in these areas I hope that the Minister for Finance will seize this opportunity now and make

    Original URL path: http://www.rgdata.ie/index.php/press-room/press-releases/227-government-needs-to-do-more-to-revitalise-town-and-village-centres-claims-rgdata (2016-02-18)
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  • Press Releases
    in store terminal failures once again 16 June 2015 Think Small First RGDATA attends EU debate on importance of independent shops 04 June 2015 Law Society dismisses retailers concerns regarding spurious bogus insurance claims in shops 04 June 2015 RGDATA s Tara Buckley opens a Celebration of Independent Retail Exhibition of Trade Memorabilia Through rose tinted glasses by Rian Coulter Thursday 23 April 28 May 2015 RGDATA s Director General

    Original URL path: http://www.rgdata.ie/index.php/press-room/press-releases?start=10 (2016-02-18)
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  • Press Releases
    new National Lottery Regulator to intervene on National Lottery switchover 20 January 2015 RGDATA Submission on Tobacco Consultation 19 January 2015 COURTS SERVICE NOTES RGDATA CALL FOR A FAIR MARGIN FOR RETAILERS FOR FINES PAYMENT SERVICE 30 September 2014 RGDATA URGES UTILITY COMPANIES TO REIMBURSE RETAILERS FOR PAY AS YOU GO SERVICES 19 August 2014 NO EMPLOYMENT RECOVERY IN THE RETAIL SECTOR URGENT GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION NEEDED TO KICKSTART RETAIL JOBS

    Original URL path: http://www.rgdata.ie/index.php/press-room/press-releases?start=20 (2016-02-18)
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  • Press Releases
    2014 INDUSTRY GROUPS DEMAND GOVERNMENT ACTION ON UPWARD ONLY RENTS 08 May 2014 RGDATA WARNS GOVERNMENT TO HEED CEDRA RURAL DEVELOPMENT REPORT RECOMMENDATIONS 15 April 2014 AN POST IS CURBING COMPETITION RGDATA TELLS COMPETITION AUTHORITY 14 April 2014 AN POST URGED TO COME CLEAN ON POST AND PAY DEAL WITH UK MULTIPLE 24 February 2014 RETAIL GROCERY JLC RETENTION IS FLAWED RGDATA WARNS MINISTER 11 February 2014 RGDATA SEEKS LOYALTY

    Original URL path: http://www.rgdata.ie/index.php/press-room/press-releases?start=30 (2016-02-18)
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  • RGDATA WELCOMES DAIL COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION THAT PROFITS 'VEIL OF SECRECY' BE LIFTED FOR LARGE MULTIPLE RETAILERS
    publication of profits and turnover by the large multiples operating in Ireland RGDATA is delighted that the recommendations made in our submission and our presentation have been adopted by this cross party Committee In particular we welcome the recommendation that the large Multiple retailers like Tesco Aldi Lidl should reveal their profits in Ireland We urge the Committee to ensure that all of the recommendations are implemented This will be

    Original URL path: http://www.rgdata.ie/index.php/press-room/archives/139-rgdata-welcomes-dail-committee-recommendation-that-profits-veil-of-secrecy-be-lifted-for-large-multiple-retailers (2016-02-18)
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  • EMPLOYERS TO FACE INCREASED EMPLOYMENT COSTS FROM JANUARY 2014 - MOVE WILL COST JOBS - GOVERNMENT URGED TO EXTEND REDUCED EMPLOYERS' PRSI RATE TO END 2014
    urging Finance Minister Michael Noonan to extend the reduced Employers PRSI rate for workers earning under 356 for a further 12 months RGDATA said that the extension is required to support and sustain employment in the sector at a particularly vulnerable time for employers Minister Noonan introduced a reduced 4 25 rate of Employers PRSI for low paid workers when he first announced the reduced VAT rate for the hospitality sector RGDATA welcomes his announcement of an extension of the 9 VAT rate which also applies to newspapers However we are deeply disappointed and concerned that he has not extended the lower Employers PRSI rate for another 12 months said RGDATA Director General Tara Buckley Buckley said the reduced Employers PRSI has been an important measure for the independent retail sector and has enabled retailers to keep staff in jobs and to create jobs However the rate is due to revert to 8 5 from January 1 2014 This will cost a typical supermarket that employ significant numbers of part time staff who earn less than 356 a week up to 60 000 more in increased employment costs in 2014 This is completely unsustainable and at odds with the Government s job creation goals Shop owners who are struggling to keep their shops open and their staff in jobs are reeling at the implications of the Employers PRSI rate for workers earning under 356 increasing from January 1 next RGDATA has written to Minister Noonan urging him to extend this provision to the end of 2014 said Buckley While there are some signs of growth in the economy at the retail level any signs of an improvement in the economy are hard to detect Retailers are not out of the woods yet and face another difficult year in 2014 Increasing

    Original URL path: http://www.rgdata.ie/index.php/press-room/archives/138-employers-to-face-increased-employment-costs-from-january-2014-move-will-cost-jobs-government-urged-to-extend-reduced-employers-prsi-rate-to-end-2014 (2016-02-18)
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  • CRACK THE WHIP WITH THE BANKS: RGDATA TELLS INTERDEPARTMENTAL GROUP
    Ireland met with the Government s Interdepartmental Group which is tasked with progressing the Action Plan for Jobs 2013 in the retail sector The delegation urged the government to scrutinize the impact that changes in banking terms and conditions may have on creating and sustaining jobs The Action Plan for Jobs will not be delivered unless the Government is prepared to crack the whip on the banks Recent increases in bank lodgment fees and other changes aimed at making banks more efficient are having a direct impact on our members their security and the security of their staff and families said Tara Buckley Director General RGDATA The delegation from RGDATA including Dundalk retailer Colin Fee and second generation retailer Hugh Doyle of Donnybrook Fair Dublin also outlined other issues impacting on competitiveness for independent retailers Dundalk retailer Colin Fee urged the group to consider the impact the reintroduction of the JLC wage regime would have on job retention and creation He also called for the enforcement of regulatory requirements to stop competitors operating outside the law Second generation independent retailer Hugh Doyle of Donnybrook Fair spoke of employment initiatives and locational incentives for retailers based in town centres He also

    Original URL path: http://www.rgdata.ie/index.php/press-room/archives/137-crack-the-whip-with-the-banks-rgdata-tells-interdepartmental-group (2016-02-18)
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  • VIOLENT CRIMES IN LOCAL SHOPS ALMOST TREBLED SINCE 2011 SAYS RGDATA
    trebled since 2011 The survey of independent retailers reveals that over 90 of retailers were victims of crime in the past twelve months Violence was used in 28 of these crimes compared to 10 in 2011 Shop owners said that the violent crimes included the use of guns knives hammers and syringes 60 of retailers said that retail crime was a severe threat to their business in 2012 This has increased significantly since 2011 when just 10 of retailers deemed retail crime to be a severe threat to their business Crime is an issue at the forefront of retailers minds in 2013 The key issue for shop owners remains the prosecution and conviction of these criminals The vast majority of the retailers we surveyed were satisfied with Gardai response times and reactions However they are deeply frustrated with the legal system and believe that higher penalties and zero tolerance needs to be adopted as a matter of urgency At a time when retailers are fighting to survive they are forced to pay double what they paid in 2011 on security This crisis of retail crime without serious repercussion needs to end says Tara Buckley Director General RGDATA Some of the

    Original URL path: http://www.rgdata.ie/index.php/press-room/archives/136-violent-crimes-in-local-shops-almost-trebled-since-2011-says-rgdata (2016-02-18)
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