Government is distracted from vital EU negotiations
Root cause of current political scandal remains unaddressed
ISME calls for the immediate filling of the Ministerial vacancy in DBEI
ISME, the Irish SME Association (28th November) welcomes the fact that there will not be a general election before Christmas. The Association remains deeply concerned that the root cause of the current political crisis remains unaddressed. With the Tánaiste’s resignation announced today, the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation will have its third minister in a year.
At a time when the greatest shift in Ireland’s trade relations with the UK since 1922 is about to occur, the Government remains convulsed by yet another scandal in the unreformed Department of Justice and An Garda Síochána. This is completely unacceptable. Speaking on today’s political developments, ISME CEO Neil McDonnell said “The attention of the entire Oireachtas has been diverted from the December 14-15 meeting of EU heads of government about Brexit. The decisions reached at this summit will be generational in their impact on Ireland. It is intolerable for the Irish Government to be distracted from the matters at issue in mid-December.”
“ISME calls for the immediate filling of the Ministerial vacancy in DBEI, and an end to the political uncertainty surrounding the 32nd Dáil. From a legislative perspective, ISME has sent forward eleven amendments required to the Key Employee Engagement Program (Sec 10) of the Finance Bill, and we have produced a Perjury Bill we wish to see tabled and enacted as soon as possible to reduce the cost of insurance."