Finance Committee to visit Bundestag

January 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

A delegation from the Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform will visit the Bundestag in Berlin tomorrow as part of a working mission to meet counterparts in the German Budgetary and European Affairs Committees.

Committee Chairman Alex White, TD: “The purpose of our visit tomorrow is to establish direct working relationships with parliamentary colleagues in the Bundestag, and to discuss areas of mutual interest, including the current treaty negotiations on the proposed fiscal compact. At a time of great uncertainty and concern about the future, it is essential that a line of contact and exchange should open up between elected parliamentarians across the European Union. We are looking forward to positive, frank and open discussion, and will also take the opportunity to reflect on the controversy about Irish budget details being revealed in the Bundestag, before they came before the Dáil last December. I hope this is only the beginning of a much-needed process of discussion, debate and mutual understanding.”

The official delegation will be led by Deputy White and includes Liam Twomey, TD; Michael McGrath, TD; Pearse Doherty, TD; and Richard Boyd-Barrett, TD. Four other Committee Members will accompany the delegation at their own expense.

The Delegation’s Programme includes:

Meeting with Berlin based Irish business community representatives

Working breakfast with members of the German-Irish Parliamentary Friendship Group of the Bundestag

Meeting with Petra Merkel MdB, Chair of the Budgetary Committee of the Bundestag and selected Committee Members

Working lunch with Budgetary Committee

Meeting with Chair, Gunther Krichbaum MdB, Chair of the European Affairs Committee of the Bundestag and selected Committee Members

Briefing and exchange of views with the Organisation of German Taxpayers

Briefing and exchange of views with the German Institute for Economic Research

Meeting with Prof. Helmut Anheier, Dean of the Hertie School of Governance 

White welcomes 30 new jobs in Sysnet Global Solutions, Carrickmines.

January 17, 2012 § 1 Comment

Alex White TD welcomed the announcement that Sysnet Global Solutions, the Carrickmines based information security and services company, is to invest €1.34m in a major research and development programme, supported by Government through Enterprise Ireland.  This will see the company create 30 new high value jobs in Dublin and 8 in their overseas network, by 2014.  

The new jobs will bring total employment in Sysnet in Ireland to 111 by 2014 and global employment to 135 by the same date.  

Established in 1989, Sysnet is a leading provider of information security and assurance services worldwide. With this new research and development programme, Sysnet will expand its software development operation in Dublin and invest in the development of the existing compliance management system to meet the changing needs of existing and future clients.  The company has continued to grow its international business over the past six years, and the new development will position Sysnet to build on its existing business and expand into new export markets.

Commenting on the announcement, Deputy White said:

“If we are to get out of this crisis and create the levels of employment we need, we must create an indigenous engine of economic growth. Indigenous companies provide proportionately three times more benefit to the Irish economy than multinational companies, and while FDI will remain a crucial part of our economic strategy, the Government are determined to support high growth indigenous companies in every way possible.

Sysnet is a dynamic Irish tech company operating at the cutting edge of its sector, engaging in R&D and innovating, and today’s announcement that it is investing and creating further jobs is great news. In the forthcoming Action Plan for Jobs the Government will be implementing further measures to support the indigenous companies of the future so that we can accelerate their expansion to create the jobs we so badly need”.

White questions Revenue on pension tax controversy

January 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

Revenue Chairwoman, Josephine Feehily, and officials from the Department of Social Protection faced tough questions last Wednesday, 11 January, from Alex White TD, Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform on the controversy surrounding pensions and potential tax liabilities.

Committee Chairman, Deputy White said: “Last week around 150,000 pensioners received letters from Revenue about their tax compliance, with 115,000 being told they will have to pay extra tax in 2012.

We are pleased that Revenue chairwoman Josephine Feehily and officials from the Department of Social Protection agreed to attend the committee meeting to discuss the handling of this issue, particularly the communication of the tax situation for some older people.

No-one will argue with the necessity for tax compliance on the part of all citizens. However, many pensioners were unsure of where they stood on their tax liability, and needed reassurance.

At the meeting, which sought to bring some clarity to these matters, Deputy White asked the officials involved how this situation had been so inadequately managed and questioned Revenue on its communications strategy. He said, “lessons would have to be learned for the future.”

Acknowledging Chairwoman Feehily’s public apology for the distress caused to the thousands of pensioners throughout the country, Deputy White also commended the efforts of the public servants who had worked quickly, and through last weekend, to assist members of the public with their immediate queries.

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