Michael O’Regan, writing in The Irish Times:

Anthony Lawlor (Naas, Co Kildare) [speaking at the Fine Gael Ard Fheis] accused the Government of strangling the State’s natural entrepreneurial spirit by failing to provide financial and relevant back-up support to create jobs.

He said a small IT company in Kildare, established about five years ago, announced proposals last November for the creation of 17 new jobs and a €15 million investment in research and development.

“Unfortunately, the CEO may have to move due to the high cost base, not to eastern Europe or to Asia, but, unbelievably, to London,” he added.

The Government, he said, was pumping taxpayers’ money into a flawed banking system which was refusing to engage with the business community.

Read the full article here.