Thursday, 21 November 2019

Ceisteanna (58)

Catherine Connolly


58. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Finance the number of pre-budget submissions received by his Department in relation to budget 2020; the number of these he read in full; the organisations to which they refer; the number summarised by officials for his information; the organisations to which they refer; the number of organisations his Department met following their submission; the procedure followed by his Department in relation to engaging with organisations when a submission is made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48394/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Finance)

The Taxation Division of my Department received in excess of 300 pre-budget submissions in relation to Budget 2020 and the Finance Bill. Some of these are duplicates sent in by different public representatives on behalf of the same organisation. All submissions are acknowledged by the Department on receipt. The relevant officials in the Division consider all pre-budget submissions in the context of the Budget and Finance Bill. They engage with the various organisations as appropriate. This could involve telephone calls, emails, letters or meetings.

I can confirm that I received pre-budget submissions from or on behalf of the following organisations:


Federation of Irish Sport

MS Ireland

Irish Road Haulage Association

The Wheel

Limerick Chamber

Law Society of Ireland

Small Firms Association

Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers



Bandon Motors

Irish ProShare Association

The Reilly Group

Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society Ltd

Insurance Ireland

Rape Crisis Network Ireland

Psychological Society of Ireland

Irish Wheelchair Association

Association of Consulting Engineers

Cork Chamber

Imperial Brands John Player

Irish Venture Capital Association

Oxfam Ireland

Brokers Ireland

Irish Pharmacy Union

Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation

Irish Health Trade Association

Wexford Car Centre


National Traveller MABS

The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland

Hardware Association Ireland

Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies

Horse Sport Ireland

Irish Petroleum Industry Association

Japan Tobacco International Ireland

Arigna Fuels

Irish Council for Social Housing

Imperial Brands Tobacco

Food Drink Ireland

Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed

Retired Civil and Public Servants Association

Federation of (Ophthalmic and Dispensing) Opticians

Irish Air Line Pilots Association

Chartered Accountants Ireland

Scale Ireland

Ferrybank Motors


Focus Ireland

Screen Producers Ireland

Irish Tax Institute



Home and Community Care Ireland

Irish Hotels Federation

Western Motors

Retailers Against Smuggling

National Off Licence Association

Lowry’s Bar

Irish Local Development Network


Fr Peter McVerry Trust

Saint Vincent DePaul

The Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations

Antique Dealers of Ireland

DIGI Drinks Industry Group Ireland

National Recruitment Federation

Irish Exporters Association

Irish Hospice Foundation

Words Ireland

Irish Natura and Hill Farmers Association



Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists

Chambers Ireland


Rehab Group

Acquired Brain Injury Ireland

AudioVisual Ireland

Association of Eircom Pensioners

Joint Managerial Body Secondary Schools

Dublin Town


Irish National Teachers Organisation The Irish Cycling Advocacy Network

Atlantic Youth Trust


Charities Institute Ireland

Solid Fuel Trade Group

Beacon South Quarter Owners’ Management Company

Irish Duty Free Alliance

Cavanagh’s of Charleville

Coach Tourism and Transport Council of Ireland

Vintners’ Federation Of Ireland

Irish Lung Fibrosis Association

National Women's Council of Ireland

Irish Farmers Association PBS 2020

Broadford Community Creche

Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association

Olde Castle Bar and Restaurant

Irish Music Rights Organisation

Irish Heart Foundation

Bar One Racing

National Federation of Voluntary Service Providers

Alzheimer Society of Ireland

SAFRI Ireland

Health Stores Ireland

European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland

Healing Harvest

Dublin Civic Trust

Home and Community Care Ireland

Retail Ireland

Limerick Civic Trust

Synergy Hair Group

Citizens Information Board

Gordon Transport

Retail Excellence

Independent Craft Brewers of Ireland

McGuiness Forwarding

Apartment Owners Network

NewsBrands Ireland

Ireland Active

City View Wheels

Restaurants Association of Ireland

Duffy Express Freight

National Campaign for the Arts

Irish Congress of Trade Unions

Pat Foley Transport

Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association

Union of Students in Ireland

Ability West

Irish Institutional Property

Stafford Fuels Ltd

Car Council of Ireland

Coach Tourism and Transport Council of Ireland

British Irish Chamber of Commerce

Dogs Trust

Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

National Adult Literacy Agency

European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) Ireland

American Chambers of Commerce Ireland

Freight Transport Association Ireland

Children’s Rights Alliance

Property Industry Ireland

Alcohol Action Ireland

Irish Rural Link


Fitbit International

Edmund Burke Institute

COPE Galway

Cavanagh’s of Fermoy

COPE Galway

Construction Industry Federation



Vehicle Leasing Association Ireland

CKH Fiscal Services

Irish MedTech Association

McCoy Motors

Irish Street Arts Circus and Spectacle Network

Irish Funds

Mid-West Irish Motor Industry

Central Remedial Clinic

Slaney View Motors


Meadowbrook Residents

Irish Primary Principals Network

Irish Bookmakers Association

Dublin Chamber


Telecommunications Industry Ireland

The Copper Grove Bar and Restaurant


The Not for Profit Association

Association of Farm and Forestry Contractors Ireland

Irish Beverage Council

Disability Federation of Ireland

National Insulation Association of Ireland

Frank Hogan Motors

Enable Ireland

Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland

Milford Care Centre

Irish Cancer Society

The Irish Academy of Engineering

Irish Property Owners Association

Bruce Betting

Agricultural Consultants Association

Mongey Plunkett Motors

Clare Big Start Committee

Startup Ireland

Family Carers Ireland

I can also confirm that I and/or my officials held meetings with the following organisations who sent in pre-budget submissions:

Vehicle Leasing Association of Ireland


Society of Irish Motor Industry

American Chamber of Commerce

Irish Cancer Society


Irish Heart Foundation


Irish Tobacco Manufacturers Advisory Committee


Solid Fuel Trade Group

Chartered Accountants Ireland

Irish Road Haulage Association

Irish Duty Free Alliance

National Off licence Association

Irish Funds Boylesports

Irish Health Trade Association

Bar One Racing

Drinks Industry Group of Ireland

Scale Ireland

Irish Bookmakers’ Association


Irish MedTech Association

Irish ProShare Association

I also met a Community and Voluntary Pillar grouping including Family Carers Ireland, The Wheel, Social Justice Ireland, Children’s Rights Alliance, Age Action, St Vincent de Paul, Irish Senior Citizens Parliament, Protestant Aid, Irish Council for Social Housing and Irish Rural Link.

In addition, I should point out that I meet with many public service bodies during the course of the year and there may be correspondence between my Department and those bodies in relation to the Budget and Finance Bill in various forms. These are not included in the list because this engagement is ongoing by its nature and the correspondence would not necessarily be categorised as a pre-budget submission.

The contents of all pre-budget submissions are considered in the context of the forthcoming Budget and Finance Bill regardless of whether they are sent in by individuals, organisations, representative organisations or public representatives. I should also point out that submissions may be received by the Department outside of the pre-budget process but would nonetheless be given due consideration. For example, responses to public consultations could be considered as part of the Budget/Finance Bill process as appropriate. These would not necessarily be included in the lists above.

Finally, I should say that I have endeavoured to give as full and accurate an answer as possible but the Deputy will appreciate that given the sheer volume of pre-budget submissions and meetings at what is an extremely busy time for my Department, some items may not have been included. It is also possible that what an organisation may consider to be a pre-budget submission may not be categorised as such by the Department, nonetheless it would have received due consideration.