Irish Cllrs Dáith Ó Bheal and Brian O’Neill have issued a strong rebuke to the European Commission over its refusal to take responsibility for the €10bn Irish Government paid to settle the €1.6bn Irish Border Management Agency (IBMA) settlement.
The Government had to pay €1bn in damages and damages payments to IBMA in 2014, but the Commission refused to take the €3bn in back-pay that the Government had agreed to pay in 2014.
The European Commission, however, says it has not yet received a formal request for information and a response has been delayed by more than two years.
Speaking to RTÉ’s Today With Sean O’Rourke, Cllds Ó Bolger and O’Neil said that the EU had not done enough to ensure that Irish taxpayers were not footing the bill for the IBMA settlement, and that it was time for the Commission to take full responsibility for that.
“It is disappointing to me that the Commission has not taken responsibility for this,” they said.
“We need to get the European commission to act.
This is not the Irish Government’s fault.”
The two men also criticised the Commission for its handling of the IBPA settlement.
“The Commission has taken the view that we are not getting a good deal,” Clldr Ó Baillie said.
“That’s not fair.
It’s just a matter of fact.
The European Commission should be more open.”
“The Commission is not responsible for IBPA.
The IBPA is our agency.
The commission is responsible for the Irish people.
They have made a very good deal for the people of Ireland, they’ve paid €3 billion and we’re not going any further with them,” they added.
Earlier today, the Government announced that it had paid a further €3.6 billion to the IBRA settlement, with €1 billion to be paid to the Irish government.
The Irish Government had initially asked for €1,600 in back compensation, but has now received a further $1,900 for that amount.