Wednesday, 20 October 2004

Questions (120)

Billy Timmins

Question:

220 Mr. Timmins asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if the election manifestos of the candidates in the US presidential election contain commitments that may impact on the economic situation here, particularly with respect to foreign direct investment and proposals to limit this; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25805/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Foreign)

My Department, through our embassy in Washington, closely monitors the US presidential election campaign, including any policy positions on the US economy, which might possibly have an impact on trade and investment with Ireland. In my view, however, it would not be appropriate or prudent to comment publicly on possible issues in this area during the election campaign itself. At the same time, if we have any concerns at the end of the campaign, we will of course take these up with the incoming administration.