Infrastructure key to Post-Brexit Ireland – Cullinane
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Brexit David Cullinane TD today welcomed comments by the IDA’s head of International Financial Services that infrastructure, not tax, is the dominant factor leading to a workable post-Brexit future.
Deputy Cullinane said:
“It is increasingly clear that capital investment is one of the key issues in deciding whether the island of Ireland will rise to the challenges of Brexit.
“We know from reports at the weekend that EU agency staff are refusing to relocate to Dublin and the reasons given have to do with housing, health, transport, and education.
“The government's utter refusal to seriously tackle the housing and health crises is having a detrimental effect not only on households and businesses but on foreign investment opportunities as well.
“The IDA today are saying that companies are approaching it to ask about the plans for our cities over the next ten to fifteen years.
“The type of investment needed is one that cannot wait any longer.
“The South-East is one such example.
“The region is strong in the Agri-food, hospitality, and tourist sectors and these face particular challenges in respect of Brexit.
“The South-East can be protected by delivering much needed capital projects such as the Waterford to Limerick road and the development of the ports of Waterford and Rosslare.
“The issue of a University for the South-East is critical. It must be a University of international standing, have the necessary infrastructure, the capacity to borrow, and receive baseline funding for Research and Development.
“This is the type of thinking that is needed to meet the challenges of Brexit.”