Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Questions (88)

Pearse Doherty

Question:

88. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Finance the number of meetings that he, his advisers or senior members of the Department have had with representatives of a company (details supplied). [45291/13]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

Since the formation of this Government, there have been no meetings between me or my advisors and the company referred to in the question. The Secretary General of my Department met with the Irish Managing Director of the company referred to on February 27th 2012 to discuss the broad technology sector and how best to use IT in running an organisation. As a result of that discussion, it was arranged that the Regional Sales Director for North Europe would have a follow-up meeting with the Secretary General on May 22nd 2012.

As part of the preparation for Budget 2014, which included the publication of the Ireland's International Tax Strategy, the Department of Finance consulted with a large number of the main multinational employers in Ireland to discuss international tax issues, in a process that was facilitated by the IDA. This included the company referred to in the question. In addition, as per the reply to PQ 25551 and PQ 25297 earlier this year, officials from the Department also had a phone conversation with the company in May 2013.