Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Questions (438)

Brendan Smith


438. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will consider the issues raised in a budget 2020 submission (details supplied) taking into account the additional challenges facing the sector due to Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38330/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

My Department continues to work with the haulage industry, including representative organisations, in relation to the sector. The haulage sector plays an important role in our economy and I recognise that it faces particular difficulties in the face of Brexit. Brexit preparedness and contingency work is being taken forward on a whole of Government basis, across all Government Departments and Agencies.

My Department is aware of the submission made the Irish Road Haulage Association in relation to Budget 2020. However, the issues and proposals therein are primarily for my colleague the Minister for Finance. I note that he has also received this question and can be expected to reply directly in this regard.