Written Answers - Job Creation.

Wednesday, 19 October 2005

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 608 No. 68

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  221.  Mr. Curran  Information on John Curran  Zoom on John Curran   asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment  Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin   the number of jobs in the services industry which have been created in Clondalkin and Lucan for the period 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005. [29622/05]

  222.  Mr. Curran  Information on John Curran  Zoom on John Curran   asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment  Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin   the number of manufacturing jobs which have been lost in Clondalkin and Lucan for the period 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005. [29623/05]

  223.  Mr. Curran  Information on John Curran  Zoom on John Curran   asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment  Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin   the number [267]of manufacturing jobs which have been created in Lucan and Clondalkin for the period 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005. [29624/05]

  224.  Mr. Curran  Information on John Curran  Zoom on John Curran   asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment  Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin   the number of jobs in the services industry which have been lost in Clondalkin and Lucan for the period 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005. [29625/05]

Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment (Mr. Martin): Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin  I propose to take Questions Nos. 221 to 224, inclusive, together.

[268]A breakdown of employment figures by area in the Dublin region is not available. The tables attached give an outline of employment gains and losses in client companies of the enterprise development agencies by sector in Dublin for the years 2002, 2003 and 2004. Figures for 2005 will not be available until early 2006.

Overall figures for employment in Dublin, including non-traded services sectors, have been compiled by the Central Statistics Office. Figures for the second quarter from 2002 onwards show that employment in Dublin remains stable.

Mar-May 2002 Mar-May 2003 Mar-May 2004 Mar-May 2005
000s 000s 000s 000s
No. in employment 545.9 548.2 550.2 574.3

[267]The enterprise development agencies are actively engaged in promoting both Lucan and Clondalkin as high potential locations in their efforts to secure new investment and additional jobs.

IDA continues to market south County Dublin, as a potential location for new foreign direct investment, FDI. IDA Ireland’s strategy for the Dublin area is to attract and expand major FDI projects, moving up the value chain. South County Dublin is well equipped to compete with other areas for potential foreign direct investment, with superb infrastructural facilities at Citywest and Grangecastle and a third level institute of technology at Tallaght.

This year the Japanese pharmaceuticals company Takeda Chemical Industries will complete construction of its facility at Grangecastle, Clondalkin. This is a significant and important investment from a leading company in Japan and will highlight Ireland as a key location for other such Japanese investors in the future. Also in Grangecastle, the pharmaceutical company Wyeth Biopharma opened this year and already employs approximately 900 highly skilled people. Wyeth continues to recruit and will eventually employ 1,300 at the facility in Greencastle.

Enterprise Ireland works with companies in its portfolio to assist them grow their sales and exports and improve innovation in order that they can compete on world markets. The agency is encouraging companies to adopt new technologies to add value to their products and services. Since the beginning of 2002 Enterprise Ireland has approved over €10 million and made payments of over €9 million in support of development projects for indigenous companies in south County Dublin.

Enterprise Ireland is also actively involved with the provision of infrastructure to facilitate business development and employment. The agency has supported the development of community enterprise centres in Bawnogue and Neilstown, [268]which are contributing to job creation in these areas. There is also a private incubation centre for start up projects and micro enterprises at the former Hills Mills factory in Lucan. These centres provide incubation space for start-ups and micro enterprises, and also provide ancillary services such as training, mentoring and customised courses to address the needs of the local clients. In the Lucan/Clondalkin area, Enterprise Ireland works closely with agencies such as Lucan 2000, Clondalkin partnership, the south Dublin chamber, the south Dublin county enterprise board and the local council.

The south Dublin county enterprise board is also proactively involved in the development of indigenous enterprise, and provides a source of support for small businesses in the region.

Full-time manufacturing employment in agency supported companies, Dublin

2002 2003 2004
Job gains 3,533 3,412 2,968
Job losses 6,219 7,126 5,846

Full-time services employment in agency supported companies, Dublin

2002 2003 2004
Job gains 6,012 4,734 5,896
Job losses 6,305 6,463 4,855


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