Chamber Calls on Businesses to Allow Staff Time to Vote

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By Chamber Press Office, 22 May 2019

Dublin Chamber is calling on the business community to encourage voter turnout in the Local and European Elections by giving employees time to get to the polls this Friday (24th of May).
The business group is encouraging companies to mobilise their staff ahead of Election Day to ensure that the new batch of Local Councillors and MEPs are truly representative of public opinion. Dublin Chamber is Ireland’s largest Chamber of Commerce, representing 1,300 companies across the Greater Dublin Area.
Dublin Chamber CEO Mary Rose Burke said: “We are calling on businesses to encourage their employees to vote. Company owners and managers should consider affording flexibility to staff this Friday, allowing them to possibly start or finish work a little later or earlier or to offer an extended lunch break. We want businesses to do their part so that employees can do theirs. Almost half of voters in the last Local and European Elections did not exercise their civic right. Higher voter turnout is essential to improving the way that Dublin is governed and ensuring that we are well-represented in Europe.”
“If we want a better capital city, we need to vote for the right people. Local government has a real impact on the way Dublin is run, affecting both business competitiveness and quality of life. All too often, however, local elections are treated as an afterthought. This needs to change. Similarly, with the backdrop of Brexit, this may be the most important European Election in living memory. It is vital that everyone exercise their democratic right on Friday to ensure that we have quality representatives who truly reflect public opinion,” said Ms Burke.
Dublin Chamber launched its Local Election Manifesto earlier this week, calling on Dublin local election candidates to fight against urban sprawl, increase housing supply, improve the public transport offering and support the local business environment.  Key asks from the business organisation were for more investment in cycling infrastructure, the further roll-out of the Dublin Bikes scheme across the city, a 5-year freeze on commercial rates, support for delivery of BusConnects, MetroLink and DART Expansion, and promotion of greater urban density and use of higher buildings.