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Cullinane, David

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
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An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (Continued)

I do not accept that.More Button

Deputy smart alec O'Brien.More Button

Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2019: Committee Stage

Just to clarify, are we taking amendments Nos. 5, 8, 9, 20 and 21 together?More Button

Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2019: Committee Stage (Continued)

I wish to speak to the Sinn Féin amendments, which are part of the group of amendments under discussion. I am aware that the Fianna Fáil amendments that relate to the Minister would need to give p...More Button

The Dáil is hardly an obstacle.More Button

No. That is the reason we opposed the Order of Business.More Button

That is also my understanding. On the orders that the Minister would make, however, am I correct that some of those orders would also need similar arrangements to be enacted in the British Parliam...More Button

Sinn Féin will support amendment No. 30 as well as tabling its own amendment No. 31. These amendments concern the Brexit business supports contained in this Bill. The supports which will come int...More Button

People are concerned about their jobs. The agrifood sector needs support and yet there is very little in the Bill. Rather than tinkering around the edges in respect of research and development, e...More Button

The Irish economy is the most exposed after Britain if there is a hard crash. However, the so-called additional supports presented here are not what the stakeholders are looking for. We have en...More Button

When we got the briefings from the Minister's office and we had officials from different Departments, we were astounded that some of the provisions of this section relating to grant supports were...More Button

We had several discussions with the Tánaiste and Taoiseach on state aid rules and the need for greater flexibility from the European Union for Ireland. Nothing in the Bill gives any flexibility ...More Button

We also argue that the provisions of this Bill and the additional supports, limited as they are, should come into play irrespective of whether there is a hard crash. In fact, businesses need the...More Button

The British Government announced a Brexit stabilisation fund. Our proposals contained a Brexit stabilisation fund that allowed for additional supports in capital investment, and additional suppo...More Button

A small number of multinational companies avail of the existing research and development credit scheme. Many small and medium-sized businesses cannot get a look in and are not properly supported...More Button

We have also called for an employment subsidy scheme for many micro and small businesses. It is not a provision in the Bill. It was put in place after the economic crash to support vulnerable s...More Button

The biggest market distortion to affect some sections in the economy in this State will be Brexit. In whatever form it takes, it will be an enormous market distortion for many businesses. The S...More Button

I again make the point that the British Government made a Brexit stabilisation fund available. The Irish Government made no such fund available. It introduced this omnibus Bill with very limite...More Button

As I said at the start of my contribution, why are the provisions of the Bill only being introduced in the event of a hard crash? Many businesses need those, irrespective of which Brexit they fa...More Button

The Minister's response was underwhelming. She did not deal with most of my points, including that on state aid rules. She stated that the Commissioner was aware that Ireland faced challenges and...More Button

The Minister is living in cloud cuckoo land if she believes that the different sectoral groups in the business community view the supports in place as adequate for a hard crash. We have met the ...More Button

-----and investment in public transport if we are to make ourselves competitive. Nothing of any significance in that regard is being done.More Button

I disagree with the Minister's analysis of the Brexit loan scheme. She stated that 430 companies had applied and 81 had been successful and would benefit. Only 430 companies have applied. What a...More Button

I can see nothing in this Bill for the agrifood sector apart from what is available for everyone else. There are no bespoke supports for it.More Button

I am flabbergasted that we have debated supports for the SME sector and there has been no contribution whatsoever from Fianna Fáil. It is obvious that Fianna Fáil believes that the Government is...More Button

That party might be keeping the Minister in her job, but she is the one responsible for putting in place a suite of measures for businesses. She has missed the point entirely. She rattled off t...More Button

No one wants to see a hard crash and I still believe it is unlikely, but if there is a hard crash, many businesses will be very exposed. They will be disappointed and sore that this is the best ...More Button

We will press the amendment to a vote and will view it as a vote of no confidence in the Government's support for business, which is what these amendments are concerned with. Much more needs to ...More Button

The Minister is inviting me to come back with a long list of what is not there.More Button

I am more than happy to do that. I could educate the Minister. I do not need to be educated on what is there.More Button

I may take that opportunity if the Minister persists.More Button

Scorecards?More Button

I am glad that I have provoked some of the Fianna Fáil Deputies and that Deputy Kelleher has at least put something on the record for Fianna Fáil. Fair play to him for that. He is right in saying...More Button

The Government has not done enough. Fianna Fáil has not come forward with any plan whatsoever on Brexit with regard to any additional supports needed by businesses. I did not hear any plan in Dep...More Button

They are not there to any great degree.More Button

The Minister can keep saying the supports are there and she can rattle off a lot of supports that are there, but there are not enough by far. If we consider what other countries are doing and the ...More Button

There are not. We are not straying outside of existing state aid rules anywhere in this omnibus Bill. Nowhere. Will the Minister point to one area in the Bill that goes beyond current state aid ...More Button

Exactly. The Minister, however, misses the point entirely. The Irish economy needs bespoke additional support. There is no break with the state aid rules in this omnibus Bill. We are providing ...More Button

I challenge the Minister to read Sinn Féin's proposals and not just mine. I suggest she read the proposals submitted to all parties by the British Irish Chamber of Commerce, ISME, and by IBEC. ...More Button

I move amendment No. 31:More Button

Amendment No. 37 proposes to change the word "may" to "shall". This would allow the Minister to render people from the North and Britain eligible for the student support scheme, equivalent to EU s...More Button

Not wishing to be in any way confrontational, the Ministers who have spoken previously have been very helpful - maybe not in supporting amendments - and they have accepted some amendments and the...More Button

I support amendments Nos. 43 to 45, inclusive. While they are technical, they also impose a requirement on the Minister by replacing the word "may" with "shall" in the section. We had a similar d...More Button

Incompetence.More Button