Independent TD, Mattie McGrath, has appealed to shoppers to support independent retailers as shops re-open after the Covid-19 lockdown. 

“As our towns and villages across the county re-open, I am appealing to you all to do your best to shop local, buy local, eat local and stay local,” he said.

Deputy McGrath said that local businesses, particularly independent retailers, had struggled over the last few months.

“They have had bills to pay with no income.They have poured their heart and souls into their business just to be forced to shut their doors for a reason outside of their control,” he said.

“Many have watched as their customers went to bigger supermarkets or online stores while their stock rooms were full but their shops were empty. Many have wondered if they will ever be able to re-open or if they will ever sell the stock they have already paid for. Many worry that they won’t have the cash flow to purchase new season stock without selling the stock they currently have in store.”

He said that local businesses were very supportive of communities: “These businesses are who we all approach to give spot prizes, sponsor our teams and events, be there to help us out when something goes wrong. ”

“Amazon won’t sponsor your kids’ jerseys or support our local charities who we do desperately need,” said Deputy McGrath. “So please for the rest of this year in particular please make an extra effort to support local.”

“Choose the Independent retailers, buy from our butchers and vegetable shops, have your coffee in the local independent coffee shop, get your computers from the computer shop, the guy you will turn to when you need it repaired because if we don’t support them now, many of them won’t make it to the end of the year.”

“This is our turn to give back for all those raffle prizes and sponsored events. Do your bit and we can all continue to have towns, villages and a county to be proud of,” the Tipperary TD said.