Your Country Your Call: Minister won’t answer Parliamentary Question on the money

Yesterday, Ciaran Lynch TD put down a follow-on Parliamentary question regarding the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation’s undertaking to pay public monies to An Smaoineamh Mor Ltd’s competition and lobbying plan Your Country, Your Call.

To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation when the undertaking was given to provide public funds to an organisation (details supplied) in regard to Your Country Your Call; the funds that have been provided and under what heading; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

– Ciarán Lynch.

In reply, the got the following response from Batt O’Keefe TD.

Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation (Mr. O’Keeffe)

Your Country, Your Call aimed to identify proposals, which would have a positive economic impact on Ireland and create sustainable employment. The Competition was a very successful one and the winners were announced on 17th September 2010. To date, no funding has been paid by my Department for this initiative.

Which, of course, isn’t what he asked at all.

Why won’t the Minister, like his predecessor before him, tell the Dail when public money was committed to this private enterprise? And why won’t he say what the legislative basis might be for such a transfer of public funds into private hands?


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