This project was an initiative of GRID Finance

About SME Recovery Ireland

SME Recovery Ireland is a platform representing Ireland’s small and medium business sector to ensure that policy response to Covid-19 is designed to succeed for SMEs. The small business sector has and will continue to be disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 crisis. Small businesses provide most employment in Ireland and are critical to our social fabric. Small businesses were under-capitalised before the crisis and so lack the financial resilience to survive the force majeure crisis they are facing. Every small business owner is in need of hope and a Government plan to help them restart their business.

We have set out a series of policies and interventions that will help a broad population of SMEs with a focus on sustaining the recovery and building SME resilience. The policy interventions that we are advocating for will go a long way to stabilise and recapitalise the small business sector so that employment and economic activity can be restored.

The initiative is chaired by John Moran, former secretary general of the Department of Finance.

Steering group

John Moran


Derek Foley Butler

Founder and Coordinator

Ruth Andrews

Chairperson, ITIC

Lesley Tully

Board Member, Institute of Design Ireland (IDI)

Sarah Murphy

Managing Director Business Post Live

Neil McDonnell


Adrian Cummins


Duncan Graham


Lucy Cronin

Managing Partner, Instinctif Partners

Kathryn Meghen


SME Recovery Ireland is backed and endorsed by the following: