Dáil debates

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions

International Agreements

8:05 pm

Photo of Paschal DonohoePaschal Donohoe (Dublin Central, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

I am both publicly and privately making the case for the kind of agreement that Ireland would be willing to support. I am talking about my views on the rates and on the need for an agreement that accommodates small and medium-sized economies and not just the larger ones. In terms of what I believe an acceptable model could look like later on in the year, if agreement can be reached, it is one that will continue to be able to accommodate a low but substantial rate on a broad base of economic activity, as is the case in Ireland. It would also be an agreement that would bring stability to issues that have been ongoing for some time. An agreement brings challenges for Ireland but the lack of an agreement also brings challenges for Ireland. A third feature of any agreement is that it is one that is balanced in the breadth of companies to which it applies, if agreement can be reached. Obviously, our own domestic economy and the small and medium-sized enterprises within it are important and are a priority for the Government.


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