Personal Explanation by Minister of State

The Minister of State at the Department of Finance has informed the Chair that he wishes to make a personal explanation and the Chair agrees.

On 3 October during a Dáil debate on a motion on double taxation relief on taxes on income and capital gains with the Republic of Ghana, I informed the House that, in 2012, officials from the Republic of Ghana raised with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade the possibility of negotiating a double tax agreement with Ireland. I have subsequently been informed that the opening of negotiations was initially suggested by Ireland and therefore I wish to correct my previous statement and apologise for unintentionally misinforming the House.