As NOffLA’s nominee Patrick will represent the independent off-licence sector and micro-SMEs across the country which have suffered at the hands of larger national and international competitors in recent years.
Patrick previously managed his family’s off-licence before its untimely closure during the recession. The closure of the family business has given Patrick an understanding of the need for community supports for smaller, responsible alcohol retailers.
Announcing his candidacy recently, Patrick outlined his commitment to represent small, independent businesses as well as to act as a voice in the Seanad for responsible alcohol retailing in the interest of public health.
“With the closure of my family off-licence during the recession, I’ve witnessed first-hand the challenges facing small businesses and sole traders,” he said, “Having worked in the sector, I also appreciate the importance of responsible alcohol retailing and as a father of five boys, am concerned with the lack of urgency in implementing much-needed alcohol legislation including Minimum Unit Pricing.”
NOffLA’s Director of Government Affairs Evelyn Jones said that, “Patrick has shown a dedication to his community and a commitment to public service and we welcome his decision to run for the Seanad. He will be a much-needed voice for both our sector and small, independent businesses across the country.
“We have seen little action to address the critical issue of deep discounting by supermarkets which continues to impact our sector. Patrick has experienced first-hand the impact this has, resulting in the forced closure of independent off-licences. Patrick will act as a strong advocate for both businesses and consumers and as such NOffLA is delighted to nominate him.”