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Fianna Fáil obstruct effort to examine why Brexit business supports are failing - Maurice Quinlivan TD

5 March, 2019 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan was tonight heavily critical of Fianna Fáil for obstructing an effort to examine why the current Brexit business supports are failing abysmally.

Deputy Quinlivan was speaking after Fianna Fáil abstained in a vote on a Sinn Féin amendment to the Brexit omnibus bill, which sought to require the Minister to compile a report examining why there has been such a dismal performance of the government supports, and put forward solutions on how to increase the uptake in order to help Irish businesses. 

Speaking tonight, Teachta Quinlivan said;

“I am actually puzzled by the behaviour of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael in the Dáil chamber tonight. 

“Sinn Féin put forward an amendment in good faith that sought to require the Minister for Business to examine the reasons why there has been such a dismal uptake of the government’s Brexit business supports, and provide solutions on how to make it easier for business to access them.

“This is clearly needed, as the uptake of the current Brexit business supports is extremely poor. With just 3 weeks until Britain leaves the EU, only 6% of the €300 million Brexit Loan Scheme has actually been approved for businesses, while just 156 “Be Prepared Grants” have been allocated.

“These supports look great on paper and at the many flashy government launches, but it’s clear businesses are unable to access them due to overly strict criteria and red tape.

“Day in day out Fianna Fáil are on the airways giving out about the poor uptake of such supports and the lack of business preparedness, yet they abstained tonight on this very uncontroversial amendment that sought to shine light on the problems and provide solutions to the issue.

“It was a ridiculous move from Fianna Fáil, who themselves put forward no amendments to the business section of this bill.

“A very similar amendment from former Minister Naughten was waved through, highlighting the petty politics at play in the Dáil.

“Unfortunately it was clear from Minister Humphreys tonight that she sees nothing wrong and has no intention of examining why the current Brexit supports are failing. This is extremely concerning for Irish businesses with just weeks to go until Brexit.” 

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