Irish officialdom may need to examine its conscience in relation to how it is making increasingly stressful, conflicting, challenging and downright unreasonable demands on the ‘Brave’ ( as one well known bank puts it) who put their money down to keep those officials in jobs.

Is there a valid reason why your officers, entreated with the responsibility of supporting start ups and business operators, each have a different interpretation of the law? Is there a valid reason why a restaurant in one county is told not to contact the EHO until the kitchen is already in and another is told not to lift a finger until the EHO has seen the plans and menu? Is there a valid reason why potential operators in separate parts of one county are being asked to do totally different things in relation to the same business? Is there a valid reason why EHO’s continuously make conflicting demands? Is there a valid reason why a Fire Officer in one county will demand a totally closed kitchen, while in a neighbouring county the kitchen is open? Is there a valid reason why EHOs cannot give a definitive version of the law?

 Is there a valid reason why those who risk everything to create employment for others are continuously stressed to fulfill the demands of those who don’t? Awaiting your reply with interest.