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Minister must explain Revenue Commissioner ‘solo run’ – Cullinane

12 October, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Brexit David Cullinane TD said today that the Minister for Finance Pascal Donohoe needs to inform the Dáil how the Revenue Commissioners was allowed to fly around Europe having meetings on Brexit without Government approval. 

Deputy Cullinane said:

“The publication today of the Revenue Commissioner’s report on post-Brexit customs is to be welcomed.

“However, there is a deeper issue that needs to be addressed.

“According to RTE journalist Tony Connelly, the Commissioners went off to Sweden and Norway on their own bat to study customs models.

“This was hardly a ‘desktop study’ as alluded to by the Taoiseach. 

“It ruffled diplomatic feathers and damaged the Irish government’s position in Brussels.

“This took place at a delicate time as negotiating positions were being sorted out and, according to government sources, the actions of the Commissioners actually hampered the Irish diplomatic effort.

“The draft report they wrote is one that took no cognisance of the fact that the border issue is at its heart a political issue and one that requires a political solution.

“The Minister needs to explain to the Dáil who authorised these trips and why the Revenue Commissioners was allowed to conduct its own parallel Brexit process, one that was out of step with government's Brexit strategy.” 

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