Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Committee on Budgetary Oversight

Pre-Budget 2022 Scrutiny: Irish Fiscal Advisory Council

Photo of Seán CanneySeán Canney (Galway East, Independent) | Oireachtas source

I thank the council for its attendance. Is it a case that Brexit has not hit us yet, in that many of the trade agreements are still in place and being kicked down the road a bit? Do the witnesses see, over the next year or two, a more dramatic change in our trading arrangements? We may be living with a false sense of security. When do they think the fiscal rules will come back into play and what impact will they have on our economy? How will the corporate tax changes being discussed reflect on our economy? The last question relates to inflation and the problems we have with increasing construction costs. While they may level out, they will not go back down. We also have a scarcity of skilled workers. How do the witnesses see that panning out in our quest to deliver housing and all that goes with that?


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