Thursday, 3 June 2021
Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions
Richard O'Donoghue (Limerick County, Independent)
The first thing the Government did wrong was the felling licences, the second was the carbon tax and the third was voting against the amendment tabled by the Rural Independent Group on the 2040 plan, which would have delayed the process of houses. Now people are panicking and this is putting more pressure on supply and demand. I thank the Tánaiste for his thoughts but I do not want empty promises. As with everything else, the Tánaiste always says he will get back to us but it does not happen. On the truth of the matter, I will give two instances, one to myself and one to another business. When £600 worth of uniforms for the hotel industry came into this country Revenue looked for €400 duty. I have stuff coming in to help with outside dining for customers and it has been held up in the port for a week due to one side not talking to the other. These businesses are due to open for outside dining on 7 June. This is the reality. The Government does not have a clue about the reality because it seems to be in a bubble.