Budget 2017 fails to tackle issues posed by Brexit – Quinlivan
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Maurice Quinlivan TD has said he is shocked by the failure of the government to allocate sufficient funds to agencies to offset the impact of Brexit.
Responding to announcements in today’s budget that Enterprise Ireland and the IDA are to get an additional three million euro in funding, the Limerick City TD said:
“Three million euro is a pathetic sum of money and totally inadequate for the challenges faced by Enterprise Ireland and the IDA by Brexit.
“Agencies must be properly funded and given the resources they need to do their job.
“What we need is a strategic and coordinated plan to tackle the fall-out from Brexit.
“The challenge is to protect cross border trade, the export trade and jobs; the government should be leading this campaign.
“We will pay dearly for the failure to put contingency measures in place to protect against the fallout from Brexit.
“Using Brexit to justify allowing the 9% vat rate for the hospitality sector to continue unchanged says much about in whose interests the current government operates.
“This sector is a particular black spot when it comes to pay and conditions for workers.
“Any sector in receipt of corporate welfare should at the very least be compelled to engage with trade unions and have agreed standards of pay and working conditions.
“Brexit poses huge challenges for the Irish economy and it is time the government and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation took it seriously.”