Wednesday 24 January 2018

IBEC refuses to respond to Ross attack

Minister for Sport, Transport and Tourism Shane Ross. Photo: Tom Burke
Minister for Sport, Transport and Tourism Shane Ross. Photo: Tom Burke
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

The country's biggest employers' group Ibec will not be responding to claims by new Transport Minister Shane Ross that it lacks transparency and is being "bankrolled".

Reacting to concerns raised by Ibec that the number of Independents in the new Government could be problematic, Mr Ross said the group felt "threatened" and the "domination of Irish life by its bloated business patrons is in danger".

Writing in the 'Sunday Independent', the minister added: "Before pontificating on politics, Ibec should tell us who bankrolls its own little trade union in Baggot Street.

"It should tell us openly that the big banks, big business, State monopolies and agencies pay its five or even six-figure annual subs.

"It should transparently reveal in its accounts how much its boss, Danny McCoy, is paid before it starts giving lectures to us about governance and cohesion."

However, a spokesman for Ibec told the Irish Independent the group did not wish to respond to the minister's criticisms.

Irish Independent

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