Wednesday 16 October 2019

Fianna Fáil fears 200 customs jobs by March won't be enough


Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath. Photo: Tom Burke
Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath. Photo: Tom Burke

Anne-Marie Walsh

The Government has been asked to prove that hiring 200 customs officials to cope with Brexit by next year's deadline will be enough.

Fianna Fáil's spokesperson on finance, Michael McGrath, said he was concerned that only a third of the officials that were needed would be in place by March 29.

He said this meant Revenue would be "hopelessly resourced" to cope with a no-deal scenario.

Mr McGrath has written to the Oireachtas Finance Committee asking for the Revenue Commissioners to be invited to discuss their preparations for all potential Brexit scenarios.

A Revenue spokesperson said it expects that 600 staff will be taken on in total, and 200 of these by March.

But she did not address whether extra staff could be hired from panels that are being set up following a recent recruitment contest before March, when asked.

Irish Independent

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