Stephen Donnelly, Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Brexit, has called on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to speed up the delivery of the much needed sectoral plans for Brexit that were previously committed to by the Government.
Deputy Donnelly made his comments following questioning of the Taoiseach in the Dáil yesterday where he admitted that while planning was underway, no completion dates were in place for any of these plans.
“The Government’s lack of urgency in this area is worrying and when it comes to protecting jobs that Brexit puts at risk, it is clear that they are asleep at the wheel.
“The Department of Finance has estimated that Brexit could result in 40,000 job losses, and yet not one detailed sectoral plan has been published. What is even more unacceptable and disconcerting is that there are no deadlines in place for the completion of these plans.
“Many businesses are already being damaged by Brexit. According to Bord Bia, Sterling fluctuations alone cost Irish food exporters €570 million last year. Brexit poses an existential threat to the agri-food sector, whilst the tourism and manufacturing sectors are also highly exposed.
“Major corporations impacted by Brexit have already put detailed contingency plans in place. In fact, financial services firms in the UK are required to have detailed contingency plans in place in the next few weeks.
“Were a corporation to act as shoddily as this Government in contingency planning, heads would roll,” argued Donnelly.
“It is imperative that detailed sectoral plans are prioritised and that dates for their publication are committed to as a matter of urgency,” concluded Donnelly.