Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Regina Doherty is encouraging everyone in Meath to shop local this Christmas and support Meath businesses.
Pictured above shopping at the Christmas Fair which took place in Ashbourne Community School last week, Doherty said “Small and family businesses in Meath are the lifeblood of our local economy and have played a crucial role in the recovery that is now well underway. I’m calling on everyone in Meath who’s going out to do their Christmas shopping in the coming days and weeks to think local first.
“I would also like to remind employers in Meath that they can now gift their staff Christmas bonus vouchers of up to €500 tax free. Up until now, an employer could only provide an employee with a once-off, annual non-cash tax-free benefit to the value of €250. This tax change is a great incentive for employers to reward staff with a larger bonus for Christmas and it will provide a significant boost to the local economy here in Meath, where I would encourage people to spend those vouchers.
“Fine Gael has a long term plan to keep the recovery going and we’re working to ensure more people feel the benefits of a recovering economy in their own lives. Supporting local businesses here in Meath this Christmas will further help to ensure the recovery is felt by an many people as possible this Christmas.”