Ireland should not be beholden to multinationals in exchange for investment – Maurice Quinlivan TD
Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on Business, Enterprise and Innovation Maurice Quinlivan TD has said that allegations that former Taoiseach Enda Kenny used Ireland’s presidency of the EU to lobby other member states on behalf of Facebook is a cause for serious concern.
The Limerick City TD said Fine Gael’s cosy relationship with tech giants "poses a threat to Ireland’s credibility in areas such as data protection and tax reform".
Speaking today, Deputy Quinlivan said;
“These allegations that former Taoiseach Enda Kenny proposed using the presidency of the EU to lobby other member states on behalf of Facebook, is a cause for serious concern, and raises significant questions about the cosy relationship between this government and tech giants located here.
“Many large multinationals employ significant numbers of workers in Ireland, but this should never be used as a quid pro quo to get the government to do their bidding.
“If these allegations about the government and Mr Kenny are true, it is extremely concerning. The government and the former Taoiseach must immediately provide more information and clarity on this issue.
“These accusations have the real potential to damage Ireland’s credibility in areas such as data protection and tax reform.
“Ireland holds a unique position in regulating some of the biggest tech companies operating in Europe, with the Irish Data Commissioner acting on behalf of all 28 member states.
“It is vital that this independence and impartiality is protected, and although it is not alleged Mr Kenny’s actions impacted any work of the Irish Data Commissioner, it sends out the completely wrong impression.
“These claims of a very cosy relationship between Fine Gael and multinationals will do Ireland no favours when the state comes under pressure from Europe on tax reform, especially coming in addition to the government currently appealing the €13 billion Apple tax judgment.
“It is important we maintain foreign direct investment into our country, but this should not, and cannot come at the price of being beholden to these corporations.”