Minister Michael Ring is confident that the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the leader of Fianna Fail Micheal Martin will sit down and work out the continuation of the Confidence and supply agreement for the sake of Ireland.

The Minister for Rural and Community Development believes that no one wants a general election at this very critical time in the Brexit negotiations. He has complimented Fianna Fail for its cooperation with government over the past three years.

The Confidence and Supply agreement between the present government and Fianna Fail has kept the government in office since 2016.

Minister Ring also insists that the restoration of the 13.5 percent VAT rate on hotels, restaurants and hairdressing was necessary in yesterday’s budget.

He says the reduction of the VAT rate to 9 percent for this sector was introduced in 2011 as an emergency measure, and he said it was sustained for 7 and a half years, but in light of the booming tourist numbers it has had to be restored. It was costing the exchequer over 2 billion euro and he insists that money is now required in education, social welfare and other areas.

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