Fianna Fáil Finance Spokesperson Michael McGrath has said the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan needs to urgently make a statement on reports that details of Ireland’s budget plans for 2012 were revealed to the German parliament yesterday.
Deputy McGrath stated, “It is being reported that a document presented to the budget committee of the German lower house of parliament revealed that Ireland will raise its top rate of Vat to 23% in the budget on 6th December.
“According to the reports, members of the German parliament have been given details of the Irish budget three weeks before the Irish parliament and the Irish people. If this proves to be true, it would be a staggering and unprecedented breach of faith with the Irish parliament and Irish people on budget plans. It would represent a fundamental breach of established protocols in relation to the disclosure of budgetary measures.
“We need to know whether the Irish government has revealed the detail of its budget plans to the German budget committee. In addition to the reported planned Vat increase, what other information has been given the German authorities about the budget plans?
“The Minister now needs to clarify the precise nature of the budget information which has apparently already been given to German parliament. In addition, for what purpose was the information presented to the German budget committee yesterday?
“The Minister for Finance needs to make a comprehensive statement on this matter today.”