Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Wednesday, 22 September 2021
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement: Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment
It was the Minister who mentioned the issue of leaking so I wanted to clarify that. Does he have a timeframe for the ratification? He said he wanted to move as soon as possible. How long is a piece of string on that? Has he a timeframe in his mind? Given the public statements from some members of the Government parties regarding their opposition and concerns about this, is he concerned the Government will lose Deputies over it? While he is saying on the one hand that he wants to shift to ratifying, for reasons we can explore because they are not obvious, equally he is not giving a timeframe for it. Does he have a timeframe in his mind? Is it his intention to set aside time to debate and vote on this agreement in the short term or medium term or does he have a timeframe in his head?