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IDA has no place in the referendum debate

I await a response from Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton to the following letter, which I sent to him: “I spent 10 years in the Irish public service, followed by five years as an executive in a very large business, and am now involved in a small business, as well as being a voter.

 I unhesitatingly welcome massive and ongoing foreign direct investment in Ireland, as well as global free trade, and encouragement of enterprise and innovation, but neither as a businessman, nor as a voter, will I ever tolerate either:

[a] foreign firms influencing internal, sovereign Irish political choices, be it of candidates or on the Constitution, nor any Irish public servant, or state body, grossly abusing their position to interfere in the democratic process.

1. Was the intervention in a referendum debate by an IDA CEO [a] either requested or approved by you, as minister, and/or either ordered or approved by the IDA chair and/or board?

2. Are any IDA funds and/or IDA staff aiding the ‘yes’ campaign?

3. Will you now order the IDA, and all other bodies under your ministerial remit, to avoid any intervention in this referendum?

Tom Carew,


Dublin 6


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