Infrastructure critical in minimising impact of Brexit – Quinlivan
Sinn Féin’s spokesperson for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Maurice Quinlivan TD has questioned Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor about her commitment to the provision of critical infrastructural projects to off-set the fall-out from Brexit. Speaking after a meeting of the Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation attended by the Minister, Deputy Quinlivan said:
“A recently published report from the EU Committee of the House of Lords on the impact of Brexit noted that Dublin’s limited infrastructure and shortage of housing could deter financial firms from relocating there.
“I have repeatedly raised this issue with the Minister.
“It’s very clear the question of infrastructure is of critical importance not just in relation to Dublin but to the rest of the country.
“For example, data from the Department of Finance’s own assessment found that the food and beverage and the manufacturing sectors are most at risk to the fallout from Brexit.
“Importantly, these sectors are primarily made up of Irish owned SME’s, who are significant regional employers with comparatively low profit margins.
“It is of critical importance the Minister and her Department grasp the nettle when it comes to capital funding for infrastructure.
“Their continued failure to do so makes it impossible to take talk about Regional Action Plans seriously or for that matter the Department’s own strategies for Brexit.
“The Minister needs to accept that the issue of infrastructure is central to efforts to minimize the impact of Brexit, and tell us what she intends to do about it.”