‘It’s a shame that we haven’t had the same sort of impact’
A couple of months ago, the Irish Times reported that the government was planning to cut the funding for the AOI and that the company was not going to pay any more.
It’s a pity that we’ve had the experience of the AIO that it’s not going anywhere.
It means that we’re not getting any bang for our buck, it’s a sad state of affairs.
The company is a good one and I don’t think it’s going to be affected by this, it might even improve in the future.
But it’s also not the sort of thing that I think should be supported by the government.
It would be very, very difficult to get the government to change its mind about the AOA and I think there are some very, much more important things to be doing.
I think we need to get back to the things that we are doing to keep Ireland competitive and that’s the most important thing for the future of this country.
The Minister for Industry, Innovation and Skills, Brendan Howlin, said: “The government’s decision to cut AOIs funding is a huge blow to the Irish IT sector and to the country.
We will be taking the necessary steps to protect our economy and our workforce.
We are working closely with our IT partners and industry to find solutions to the AOE.
We have been meeting with the AOs to discuss the proposed cuts and we will be doing so in due course.
We remain committed to our strong and long-standing relationships with the IT sector.”
The Government said it had no immediate plans to introduce any cuts.