Thomas Pringle TD

Pringle asks Government for its plans to help car industry in difficulty

Pringle asks Government for its plans to help car industry in difficulty

Independent TD for Donegal, Thomas Pringle, wants to know what plans the Government has for a scheme to protect jobs in the car industry, which is facing difficulties caused by Brexit and the shortage of microchips.

Addressing the Dáil today during Questions on Promised Legislation, Deputy Pringle said that he has been talking with Donegal car dealerships over the past number of months about the problems they face.

Deputy Pringle said: “Because of the severe difficulties they are confronting, with Brexit and the microchip shortage, car sales are in a perfect storm of lack of supply.

“It is likely by all reports internationally that the microchip shortage will last for the next year and possibly into 2023 as well. This leads to a very real risk of job losses over the next six months if no action is taken. It will mean substantial job losses in every county in the country.

“So my question is, Taoiseach: Has your government any plans to implement a scheme to protect jobs in the car industry?”

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