Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD has called on the Taoiseach to explain how the German parliament has been given access to details about the upcoming budget, while he and his ministers refuse to discuss it in the Irish parliament.
Deputy Martin said: “Over the course of recent days, one minister after another has refused to answer questions about the upcoming budget. For example, when pressed about his u-turn on student fees and charges, Minister Ruairi Quinn insisted that there could be no discussion of the budget in advance of its publication. It now transpires that while he was making these comments, details of the budget were being distributed in the German parliament.
“The initial response from Government, that these were only options under consideration, has disintegrated as the Minister for Finance confirmed that he will be increasing VAT by 2% in December. It is now clear that the Government has been open about its budgetary plans in Europe while keeping Ireland in the dark. This is entirely unacceptable.
“I am calling on the Taoiseach to make a statement on what has happened in this case. Did he, his Department, or the Department of Finance know that these documents were to be circulated? If not, how did this happen? If Irish officials were aware that these documents were being circulated, it raises very serious questions about this Government’s approach to the Dáil. If they did not, the Taoiseach needs to order a swift and formal investigation.”