“Today’s admission by the Taoiseach that the proposed Emigrant Tax would be discriminatory raises serious questions about the Minister’s judgement; in coming up with the plan in the first place and in her decision to publicise it without consulting with colleagues,” says Fianna Fáil’s Jobs and Enterprise Spokesperson, Niall Collins TD.

“What we have seen in the past 24 hours is dysfunction and incoherence at the very heart of government.  The issue of attracting emigrants back into the country is a serious one, but the proposition that we should be offering special tax rates is so completely divorced from the reality of life in Ireland in 2016, it creates further doubts about the minister.”

“When the proposal of a senior Government Minister is so publicly undermined by the Taoiseach, we all have a duty to ask what is happening within that department.

“The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation must play a major role in ensuring that Ireland, as a whole, benefits from any emerging economic recovery. We all have a responsibility to ensure that we are working towards a society where citizens can earn a good living and be able to rely on good quality services when they need them.”