Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Questions (439)

Brendan Smith


439. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if consideration will be given to the issues raised in a budget 2020 submission by an organisation (details supplied) in respect of the tourism sector and concerns in relation to the difficulties that Brexit that will cause for the sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38333/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I am aware of the severe negative effects that a no deal Brexit would have on the tourism sector, in particular in the border regions. Accordingly, while the Budget is a matter for my colleague the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, I am making a strong case for tourism in all my pre-budget discussions with my Government colleagues to best mitigate the impact of Brexit on the tourism industry.

A number of the other issues raised such as taxation, local authority rates and insurance costs are not under the aegis of my Department, however I continue to represent tourism interests in the development of policies across Government on these and other matters that impact on the competitiveness of our tourism industry.