Shocking confirmation that Government intends to suppress at least two more Brexit reports – Collins

Published on: 18 October 2017

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, Niall Collins has said that the Government’s continuing unwillingness to publish reports into Brexit by some of its Departments is not only disappointing but also unhelpful.

Deputy Collins was commenting after receiving a parliamentary reply from the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald.

“The Tánaiste has confirmed to me that there are two further reports into Brexit in her own Department, and that she is not willing to publish them.

“I find this shocking following less than two weeks of the suppression of a Revenue Commissioners’ report into the potential impact of Brexit on the Border.

“Tánaiste Fitzgerald has confirmed to me that the following two reports ‘Sectoral implications arising from Brexit: Most exposed sectors’ and ‘Strategic Implications arising from EU-UK Trading Patterns’ will not be published.

“In the public interest, to inform debate and for complete transparency for all business stakeholders, I am calling on the Tánaiste to immediately publish both of these reports when complete. The fact that these reports will cost the taxpayer just €250,000 should spur on the Tánaiste to release them to ensure their full value.

“A hard Brexit is the biggest threat to Irish export jobs and growth since the foundation of the state. We need full disclosure on all business reports being commissioned by the Government to ensure that everyone can be as prepared as possible,” concluded Collins.

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