Department of Agriculture 'running down the clock' on Brexit - David Cullinane TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Brexit David Cullinane TD today slammed the Department of Agriculture for its foot-dragging on recruitment for a no-deal Brexit, saying that the lack of preparedness is indicative of the government’s response so far on this issue.
Deputy Cullinane said:
“Today the Irish Times is reporting that the recruitment of veterinary inspectors needed post-Brexit is happening at a trickle.
"It is shocking that these positions have not been filled.
“Last July the government announced with great fanfare that it was going to hire up to 1,000 additional staff.
“This has not happened. Not only that the Department of Agriculture, according to the Veterinary Officers Association, is engaged in 'unwarranted and hostile management action' and is 'running down the clock'.
“Increasingly we are seeing that the government is not taking seriously the issue of Brexit.
“Instead it is hiding behind the EU and market rules, and refusing to make the type of investments necessary to deal with the single largest disruption to this state since the bank crash.
“We need action now. The Department of Agriculture must work with the Veterinary Officers Association instead of fighting with it.
“No more foot-dragging, the time to prepare is now.”