Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Special Committee on Covid-19 Response

Reopening the Economy: Supports for Business

Photo of David CullinaneDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein)
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I am not arguing whether Mr. McDonnell's analysis is right or wrong, but it is important that Departments of the Taoiseach and Public Expenditure and Reform were at the heart of his remark that there is a perception that big business is good and small business is bad in the upper reaches of our public service. It was more than a perception. Mr. McDonnell went on to say that "big corporations pay their taxes and small business owners fiddle their expenses". What did he mean by this line? Is he saying that that is his perception of those Departments' views on small businesses?