The Export Trade Council has become the latest addition to the growing list of broken promises, according to Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Enterprise, Willie O’Dea TD.
Responding to a question from Deputy O’Dea about the timeline for the establishment of the Council, Minister Richard Bruton provided a master class in the art of fudging: “The Government is conscious of the need to avoid establishing new groups and bodies unless absolutely necessary, and will therefore consider whether any amendments to the membership and terms of reference are needed to re-align the existing Foreign Trade Council with the objectives of this Government.”
Commenting on this Deputy O’ Dea said: “It was only last January that the Labour Party launched this concept as a key plank of their jobs policy. The commitment to establish the Trade Council was also included in the Programme for Government. However, less than two months in Government and already this pledge has been consigned to the dustbin.”
“During the election campaign Fine Gael and Labour both claimed that job creation was their number one priority. So far, we’ve seen one u-turn after another. The Jobs budget has become a mere “jobs initiative” , the legislative programme didn’t contain any provisions for the establishment of Strategic Investment Bank, investment in New Era has become increasingly uncertain and now the Export Trade Council looks like it won’t get off the ground.”