Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Ceisteanna (168)

Brendan Howlin


168. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Finance if he will report on his attendance at the National Economic Dialogue. [29289/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Finance)

As the Deputy will be aware the National Economic Dialogue took place for the fifth time on June 26th and June 27th this year. The Dialogue provided an opportunity to foster discussion between the relevant stakeholders on how to best sustain and strengthen the recovery while taking into account the many competing economic and social priorities within the limited available resources.

The Dialogue was attended by representatives from community, voluntary and environmental groups, business unions and the academic community. A number of members of the Select Committee on Budgetary Oversight also contributed to the event.

The Chair’s report and the reports of each of the six rapporteurs for the breakout sessions are currently being finalised, and once completed they will be made available on www.budget.gov.ie. My opening remarks on “Understanding the Context: Economic Perspectives”, my closing remarks at the Dialogue and the paper presented at the NED are  currently available on this website.

I believe the National Economic Dialogue is a very constructive exercise. Decisions that have been made on the content of previous budgets have been influenced by previous Dialogues and I intend to reflect on this year’s discussion when formulating Budget 2020.