‘Red tape sickness holding business and people back’ - McHugh

Joe McHugh TD has told the Dáil that bureaucracy is the ‘single biggest sickness’ in the country, and that red tape is holding back people in business, and preventing decisions being taken in reasonable periods of time.

Joe McHugh TD has told the Dáil that bureaucracy is the ‘single biggest sickness’ in the country, and that red tape is holding back people in business, and preventing decisions being taken in reasonable periods of time.

In the Dáil this week Deputy McHugh cited the problem facing a Donegal teacher who has been told that she will have to wait 16-18 weeks for Teaching Council accreditation that is necessary for her in order to start a job that she has been offered, as an example of red-tape inefficiency that is standing in the way of employment recovery across the country.

Deputy McHugh told the Dáil on Tuesday: “The single biggest sickness in the country in the past 20 years has been the increase in bureaucracy and red tape. This difficult nettle must be grasped, because the priority must be efficiency and providing responses to the public in reasonable time. In the real world, there is an expectation for same-day or 24-hour or same-week responses for most services. That is the world in which many people in the private sector live, it is expected of politicians by people who contact us, and it is a working principle for many people who work within our public service.”