NENAGH traders reported a good Christmas for shopping, according to Nenagh Chamber president Joe O’Connor.
The Chamber boss said that the fact that traders were saying they had a few “good days” coming up to Christmas meant that people had heeded appeals to shop locally.
“The rest of the holidays saw a standard amount of business,” said Mr O’Connor.
While he couldn’t predict how local traders would fare over the coming year and how they would cope with the 2 per cent VAT increase that came into being on January 1, Mr O’Connor believed shop owners and business people faced “a tough year ahead”.
“Some busineses will pass on the VAT rise and others have said that they won’t.
“The reality is that it’s a Government tax and we just have to acccept it,” he said.
The president said that of much more concern were the changes in the Health Levy by the Government that would see up E220 being put on private health insurance, and the fact that fuel had gone back over the E1.50 mark per litre at the pumps.
“There is no question that is going to affect people,” he said.