Martin, Micheál

Wednesday, 4 July 2007

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 637 No. 6

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Order of Business.

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Priority Questions - Departmental Agencies.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the recent Supreme Court decision in a case taken by the Competition Authority against the Irish League of Credit Unions which was lost by the authority; if the au...More Button

A Leas-Cheann Comhairle, guím gach rath ort i do chuid oibre as seo amach agus tá súil agam go mbeimid go léir in ann comhoibriú leat sa todhchaí.More Button

It is great to be here, a Leas-Cheann Comhairle, to congratulate you on your position and wish you every success. Not so long ago you were asking me the questions and on this occasion you are referee...More Button

Let us get matters straight. The 2002 Act set up the Competition Authority as a statutory independent body. The Oireachtas, including Deputy Hogan, took that decision on the basis that it probably c...More Button

Does Deputy Hogan accept that?More Button

Deputy Hogan needs to be clear on where he stands. He cannot ask if the Minister will advise the authority and give leadership to it, and almost in the same sentence suggest the Minister should not b...More Button

Deputy Hogan has criticised the fact the authority has taken on the Irish League of Credit Unions. I stated we are studying the Supreme Court judgment. It is only by its careful consideration that o...More Button

Priority Questions - Departmental Offices.

Was asked: the action taken by his Department and its agencies to date to ensure maximum energy efficiency and minimum carbon footprint in their daily operations; the cost of these actions; the steps he will t...More Button

To reduce energy consumption in the Department and to ensure maximum energy efficiency and the minimum carbon footprint in its daily operations, my Department, through its green team which was establi...More Button

——ensure all lighting in the Department’s eight buildings is switched off overnight; ensure the Office of Public Works, which looks after the replacement of electric light bulbs in my Department’s bui...More Button

It is easy to make points like that but before I arrived in the Department a green team of officials had been set up to support a green officer. We may look flippantly at issues such as turning off l...More Button

Yes. As part of the fit-out of the new offices, Enterprise Ireland engaged sustainability consultants, including a specialist from Sustainable Energy Ireland. A feasibility study is being carried ou...More Button

Priority Questions - Economic Competitiveness.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the comments by a person (details supplied) expressing concerns that the increasing burden of regulation and compliance is threatening to suppress the entrepreneur...More Button

National and international surveys indicate that the administrative burden or red tape factor of regulation on business is not particularly onerous in Ireland. In a recent ESRI survey, over half of b...More Button

Deputy Hogan is wrong. I was never against it.More Button

The election is over.More Button

I worked quickly on this. The audit exemption thresholds that the Minister of State, Deputy Michael Ahern, and I worked on was raised from €1.5 million to €7.3 million and from €1.9 million to €3.65 ...More Button

Many companies have benefited from it and have articulated gratitude. The small business forum, which I established, came up with practical recommendations for small businesses. As a result of that ...More Button

I will act. What we have done with the new high level group is to bring together the regulatory body in the Taoiseach’s Department with the business regulation forum. We have endeavoured to do somet...More Button

Once we get over September.More Button

A substantial part of my agenda is contained in the business regulation forum’s report, which I launched on 25 April. We will also draw from the work of the ESRI survey of business attitudes to regul...More Button

I am clear that it is a significant core priority of mine in the future, as Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, because I want to keep Ireland competitive. I want to keep us where we are c...More Button

Priority Questions - Energy Conservation.

Was asked: the carbon footprint of his Department to date in 2007; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

To minimise the carbon footprint of my Department in its daily operations, the Department through its green team, which was established some years ago, has over the past few years initiated a range of...More Button

I appreciate the question, which is a good one. In going through the preparation for this reply——More Button

It is a great question. What is a carbon footprint audit? Does Deputy Quinn know?More Button

Does Deputy Quinn know?More Button

I am responding in the form of a rhetorical question.More Button

Surely I am entitled to respond in the form of a rhetorical question, a Leas-Cheann Comhairle.More Button

There are a number of definitions in the prepared script.More Button

I work with my Green Party colleagues. I accept Deputy Quinn’s point. The Department’s carbon footprint is not known. There are different ways of measuring it. Different methods of calculation are...More Button

We will have to agree a model. Equally, I accept there is a lack of comprehensive data on energy consumption in public sector buildings generally, not just in our Department. I suspect that is the c...More Button

The collation of specific data will be essential for developing a greater understanding of future progress in reducing emissions from this sector. We anticipate responding to further questions on thi...More Button

Priority Questions - Employment Rights.

Was asked: when it is proposed that the National Employment Rights Agency will be fully operational; when he will be appointing board members to the agency; the full extent of funding it will receive from his ...More Button

Other Questions - Job Creation.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the enterprise element of the special local area plan for Mallow recently agreed; if he will be seeking assurances or commitments from Greencore, or if he will be ...More Button

The industrial development agencies work closely with local interests in Mallow for the purpose of advancing the attractiveness of Mallow as a location for both indigenous industry and foreign direct ...More Button

First, I replied to the question tabled. It asked whether my attention was drawn to the enterprise element of the special local area plan for Mallow. The answer is yes. My Department has been party...More Button

I do not accept the Deputy’s statement regarding the Government’s position on the workers. We had a number of meetings in that respect and I articulated my position clearly and publicly to the compan...More Button

Thankfully. The labour relations machinery of the State kicked in to bring about a satisfactory outcome. Regarding the backbencher’s statement, I suggest that Deputy Sherlock ask the Deputy about th...More Button

It is a long-standing precedent that the Minister does not comment or speculate on a potential investment in any way.More Button

The Deputy would know more than I.More Button

It is a matter for the public representatives on Carlow County Council.More Button

I am anxious to see development everywhere.More Button

Other Questions - Industrial Development.

Was asked: the way he will expand the role of FÁS and Enterprise Ireland in the coming years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The role and functions of FÁS are reviewed on an ongoing basis. The current FÁS strategy statement outlines the vision and direction for FÁS for the period 2006 to 2009. The strategy is closely alig...More Button

With the science, technology and innovation strategy, the national skills strategy will be a fundamental pillar of economic policy during the coming years. Both are essential for the country’s compet...More Button

Strong linkages are developing between FÁS and the institutes of technology in terms of skills, a good example of which is the LÍONRA initiative in the north west involving institutes from Letterkenny...More Button

FÁS is rising to the challenge of upskilling. When the business forum produced its report and identified a deficiency in management capability training in the country and the need to do better in tha...More Button

Other Questions - Consumer Rights.

Was asked: when on-the-spot fines for breaches of consumer law will be introduced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 8 and 16 together. Section 85 of the Consumer Protection Act 2007 provides that an authorised officer of the National Consumer Agency who has reasonable grounds for be...More Button

There is no doubting the validity of the Deputy’s point about the need substantially to increase awareness among consumers of their rights and to advocate on the basis of the need to assert those righ...More Button

The Deputy asked about specific upcoming projects, so I am being specific in my reply. The agency recently commissioned consultants who will work to produce a publication in October or November, enti...More Button

Other Questions - Industrial Development.

Was asked: the progress of the high level working group on manufacturing in reviewing the challenges faced by workers in vulnerable sectors, and proposals they have made. More Button

Was asked: the latest activities of the high level group on manufacturing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 10 and 33 together. The high level group on manufacturing was established under the Towards 2016 social partnership agreement. Its terms of reference as set out in se...More Button

The commentary on manufacturing has been overplayed. The NCB report of 14 June on Ireland’s competitiveness takes a more robust position than that of some other commentators. The report argues that ...More Button

We must be balanced in how we describe and comment on manufacturing. The Government is committed to the sector. It is changing, however, and we have a different type of manufacturing from what we ha...More Button

The indications are that the working group will complete its deliberations by the end of the year, if not sooner.More Button

This is an issue of which I am aware from my discussions with representatives of the port authorities earlier this year. The issue of port capacity was raised with the Irish Exporters Association at...More Button

I am aware.More Button

Other Questions - Departmental Prosecutions.

Was asked: the number of prosecutions taken by him or by agencies under the aegis of his Department under Acts (details supplied) for each year from 2002 to 2006 and to date in 2007; and if he will make a stat...More Button

Other Questions - Job Losses.

Was asked: his views on the recent spate of job losses and evidence of reduced investment here; and the measures he will take to reverse these trends. More Button

While all company closures and their associated job losses are to be regretted and their impact on a personal, community and national level should never be underestimated, these losses have occurred d...More Button

We are in a globalised world, which means we can never stand still but must consistently look ahead and ask where we should be in five or ten years time. That is the approach I take as Minister for E...More Button

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I congratulate Deputy Reilly on his election. He asked questions of me in a different context previously, when I held a different portfolio. Deputy O’Keeffe asked about competitiveness and the early...More Button

It would be initiated by the company or the agency. On an ongoing basis, companies would contact the agency and——More Button

We have an overall monitoring of the economy and of broad sectors. I prefer to look at these situations as challenges. To deal with Deputy Reilly’s point, the Forfás annual report contains very goo...More Button

Other Questions - Labour Inspectorate.

Was asked: the number of labour inspectors currently employed by the labour inspectorate of his Department; the number of labour inspectors currently available for assignment on normal duties; the number of la...More Button

Was asked: the progress he has made in increasing the labour inspectorate; the proposed timetable for subsequent increases to the labour inspectorate; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: when the number of labour inspectors will reach 90; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Private Members’ Business - Waste Management: Motion (Resumed).

Amendment put.
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Question again put: “That the motion, as amended, be agreed to.”
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Written Answers - Regulatory Regime.

Was asked: the locations where he will reduce the regulatory burden faced by business; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

On 8 March last the Department of the Taoiseach published the results of an ESRI survey of business attitudes to regulation. At the same time the Taoiseach stated that the Government had agreed to put...More Button

Written Answers - Import Levels.

Was asked: the extent to which he and or his Department have monitored the level and value of imports into this country; the extent to which such products are displacing Irish manufactured goods; and if he will...More Button

The most recent full year trade figures published by the Central Statistics Office relate to 2006. While recognising that the level of imports of goods into Ireland is increasing, the figures show th...More Button

Written Answers - Enterprise Policy.

Was asked: if there will be any shift in the enterprise policy of the new Government; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The performance of the enterprise sector has been pivotal to the huge success of the Irish economy in recent years and Ireland’s long term economic success will depend on the continued strength of our...More Button

Written Answers - Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

Was asked: the carbon footprint of each of the agencies under the remit of his Department to date in 2007; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the steps he is taking to offset the carbon emissions caused by official travel of Ministers and staff of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the steps he is taking to offset the carbon emissions caused by official travel of staff of agencies under the remit of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the steps he has taken to offset the carbon emissions of his State car; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the steps he is taking to minimise the carbon footprint of agencies under the remit of his Department; the carbon auditing that has been undertaken by agencies under the remit of his Department; and ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 19, 23, 32, 54 and 62 together. The Government reiterated in its Programme for Government commitments made in the recently published National Climate Change Strategy 2...More Button

Written Answers - Ministerial Travel.

Was asked: the number of journeys made on Government aircraft by Ministers or staff of his Department or its agencies to date in 2007; the origin and destination of each journey; the cost of each journey to the...More Button

Set out as follows are details of the air travel undertaken by the Ministers or staff of my Department, using Government aircraft to date in 2007. In each case, the departure date, itinerary and numb...More Button

Written Answers - Site Visits.

Was asked: the number of site visits made by Enterprise Ireland or IDA to County Cork in each of 2005, 2006 and to date in 2007; the number of same in which a Minister or Minister of State of his Department par...More Button

There were a total of 51 IDA sponsored visits by overseas investors to County Cork in the period from the beginning of January 2005 to the end of May 2007. There were 26 such visits in 2005, 14 in 20...More Button

Written Answers - Industrial Development.

Was asked: his proposals to encourage industrial investment in areas of rural Ireland such as Cork South-West. More Button

Strong, balanced regional development and a thriving culture of entrepreneurship in all parts of Ireland are key strategic objectives for my Department and the development agencies under its remit. I...More Button

Was asked: the steps he will take to ensure renewed industrial growth in County Sligo; the number of site visits in Sligo by industrial development agencies in 2006 and to date in 2007; and if he will make a st...More Button

In the period from January, 2006 to the end of May, 2007 there have been a total of 8 IDA sponsored visits by prospective overseas investors to County Sligo, of which 5 were in 2007 and 3 were in 2007...More Button

Written Answers - Skills Development.

Was asked: the way he will significantly upskill the workforce here at all levels; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Government recognises the importance of up-skilling the workforce to maintain a successful economy. Government policy in this regard has been informed by the report of the Enterprise Strategy Gro...More Button

Written Answers - Economic Competitiveness.

Was asked: the steps he has taken or proposes to take to address the issue of the competitiveness of Irish products on world markets; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The strength of Irish exports in global markets continues to be robust. This is true for trade in both goods and services. In April, the value of merchandise exports (unadjusted) grew by 14% over Ap...More Button

Written Answers - Employment Rights.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the practice of false contracting being used across a wide range of industries in order that employers can avoid many of their duties towards employees; if he will ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the cost to his Department of implementing the Official Languages Act 2003; the number of documents that were published in both languages to date in 2007; the number of documents that were published ...More Button

The cost of implementing the Official Languages Act 2003 for my Department and its Offices to date is €160,176. To date in 2007 the number of documents published by my Department and its Offices is 1...More Button

Written Answers - Employment Rights.

Was asked: if he will report on progress made in the establishment of the National Employment Rights Authority; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the position of the investigation into the disclosure that Polish workers employed by a contractor at the ESB power station in Moneypoint were being paid well below the national minimum wage; the san...More Button

Written Answers - Decentralisation Programme.

Was asked: if he will report on the decentralisation plans of his Department; the number of staff decentralised to date; the number required to decentralise; the number of staff within his Department who have f...More Button

My Department has been making good progress in regard to the relocation of 250 posts to Carlow under the Government’s Decentralisation Programme. The following business units/Offices of my Department...More Button

Written Answers - Employment Standards.

Was asked: the way he will ensure that employment standards are met throughout the economy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Competence Centres.

Was asked: the number of competence centres he intends to be open by 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The recently announced Competence Centre initiative is one of a number of key initiatives emanating from the Government’s Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation 2006 — 2013 (SSTI). Competence...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Programmes.

Was asked: the reason he has refused funding to a group (details supplied); if he will review this decision and provide funding for the important work this group carries out; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

State funding for enterprise promotion at all levels is primarily channelled through the relevant State Agencies. The County and City Enterprise Boards (CEBs), funded by my Department, already have a...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Agencies.

Was asked: the way he will develop a growing focus on the dynamic SME sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department and its agencies support the financing of SMEs in a number of ways. The funding provided by Enterprise Ireland and the County and City Enterprise Boards, in the form of grants, refundab...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Programmes.

Was asked: if he will introduce a robust programme to eradicate adult literacy problems in the workplace; and the specific target dates for the incremental eradication of these literacy problems. More Button

Work being undertaken through my Department complements that of the Department of Education and Science which has general responsibility for providing for those with adult literacy problems. The FÁS W...More Button

Written Answers - Programmes for Government.

Was asked: the cost and timescale and the methods he will use to ensure delivery on time and on budget for each line item of the Programme for Government under his portfolio not already part of his Department’s...More Button

My Department has undertaken a detailed examination of the New Programme for Government and identified the commitments that will impact on our mission over the term of the new Government. Implementat...More Button

Written Answers - Research Funding.

Was asked: when the goals envisaged in the Lisbon Agenda on Research and Development and Innovation will be reached; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Lisbon Strategy was adopted in March 2000 and aims to make the EU the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world by 2010. In relation to research and development the strate...More Button

Written Answers - Economic Competitiveness.

Was asked: the steps he is taking to alleviate potential difficulties for Irish businesses and workers in view of the recent statements that Ireland is facing difficult economic times; and if he will make a sta...More Button

There is no evidence to support the assertion that Ireland is facing difficult economic times. In fact there are strong indications to the contrary. For example the most recent NCB Purchasing Manage...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: the policies in place in his Department to encourage the use of public transport by staff travelling to and from work; the policies in place to encourage staff to use public transport when travelling...More Button

The mode of transport which staff of my Department use in travelling to and from work is a matter of choice for each individual. However, my Department generally supports the use of public transport ...More Button

Written Answers - EU Directives.

Was asked: the number, in respect of EU Directives for which his Department has responsibility, remaining to be implemented; the directives that are overdue; the number of reasoned opinions received from the EU...More Button

There are currently a total of twelve Directives due to be transposed by my Department up to 2010. One of these Directives is overdue and the following is the position with regard to implementation p...More Button

Written Answers - Enterprise Initiatives.

Was asked: if he will expand on the Programme for Government commitment to make innovation vouchers available to small businesses in every sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Enterprise Policy.

Was asked: his main priorities for the coming years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The new Programme for Government sets out this Government’s priorities in all key policy areas for the coming years. Implementation of the commitments in the Programme will be a major element informin...More Button

Written Answers - Industrial Disputes.

Was asked: if he will report on the number of person hours lost to his Department and its agencies to date in 2007 due to industrial action; if pending strike notices are in place against his Department or any ...More Button

There has been no person-hours lost either in my Department or in the Agencies under the aegis of my Department to date in 2007, due to industrial action. There are no pending strike notices in place ...More Button

Written Answers - Competition Authority.

Was asked: his plans to enhance the powers of the Competition Authority; if he will grant powers to the authority similar to those in the UK; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Competition Authority is the independent statutory agency responsible for the enforcement of competition law in the State. Its mandate and functions are set out in the Competition Act 2002, as am...More Button

Written Answers - Research Funding.

Was asked: the steps he will take to support the establishment of research and development units in manufacturing companies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Research and innovation, in both product and process development, are critical to success in the increasingly global marketplace. The Enterprise Development agencies under the aegis of my Department ...More Button

Written Answers - Flexible Work Practices.

Was asked: the steps he is taking to ensure better and more equal access to the workforce for older persons who wish to continue working; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Employment Equality Acts 1998 and 2004, administered by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, among other things, protects against discrimination on the ground of age in relation to ...More Button

Written Answers - Employment Rights.

Was asked: the measures he is taking and the measures he proposes to take to ensure that the fundamental rights of seafaring employees are upheld on vessels flagged nationally or otherwise that sail in Irish wa...More Button

Written Answers - FÁS Training Programmes.

Was asked: the number of persons who undertook FÁS training courses to date in 2007; the percentage of those who were unemployed, who were in part time employment and who were employed full time; his plans for ...More Button

8,162 persons completed training (throughput) through FÁS Training Services courses to the end of May 2007, of whom 5,341 (65%) were unemployed persons on skills training; 2,060 (25%) were employed ap...More Button

Written Answers - Employment Support Services.

Was asked: the dedicated supports available to companies from agencies under the remit of his Department aimed at increasing awareness of and promoting, eco-efficiency in their operations; the number of compani...More Button

Enterprise Ireland (EI) operates two direct financial support schemes that help Irish SMEs to increase awareness of and promote eco-efficiency in their operations. These are the Environmental Manageme...More Button

Written Answers - Health and Safety Regulations.

Was asked: the number of deaths and the number of injuries arising from workplace accidents generally and specifically in regard to the construction industry for 2002 to 2006 and to date in 2007; the additional...More Button

Written Answers - Public Holidays.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that Ireland has fewer public holidays than the other EU member states; if he plans to conduct a review of the amount of public holidays that workers are e...More Button

Written Answers - Industrial Development.

Was asked: if he will report on plans for overseas trade missions in 2007; if it is intended that there be a Ministerial delegation as part of each mentioned trade mission; the estimated cost of each trade miss...More Button

A wide variety of different trade activities is undertaken by Enterprise Ireland on behalf of, and in conjunction with, my Department. This includes Outward Trade Missions, Inward Missions organised o...More Button

Written Answers - Insurance Industry.

Was asked: the number of cases currently before the Personal Injuries Assessment Board; the number of cases for which rulings have been given since its inception; the number of these cases that have been referr...More Button

At the end of May 2007 there were 6,081 cases with the PIAB in the 90-day “consent to process” period i.e. PIAB has received a claim and has issued formal notice to the responding party and is awaitin...More Button

Written Answers - Job Losses.

Was asked: the action he proposes to take to bring replacement jobs and investment to Mallow and the wider east Cork community following the closure of the sugar plant and other job losses in County Cork in rec...More Button

The Industrial Development agencies continue to promote the greater Cork area for industrial development. In terms of new foreign investment, pharmaceuticals, medical technologies, information and co...More Button

Written Answers - Decentralisation Programme.

Was asked: if he will report on the decentralisation plans of each agency of his Department; the number of staff decentralised in each agency to date; the number required to decentralise; the number of staff wi...More Button

Four of the Agencies under the aegis of my Department are due to decentralise as follows: FÁS is to move 383 posts to Birr, Co. Offaly; Enterprise Ireland (EI) is to move 300 posts to Shannon; The Hea...More Button

Written Answers - Northern Ireland Issues.

Was asked: the progress being made in negotiations with the new Northern Ireland Executive relating to a North-South enterprise policy; his plans following the new agreement on Northern Ireland governance on No...More Button

There is ongoing co-operation between my Department and the Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment in Northern Ireland on enterprise issues. Both Departments co-sponsor InterTradeIreland, the a...More Button

Written Answers - Fair Trade Products.

Was asked: the steps being taken to promote Fair Trade products both within and outside his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department has only two small canteens and in the past year both canteens have introduced Fair Trade products. My Department encourages the use of Fair Trade products and in one of the canteens, o...More Button

Written Answers - Third Level Qualifications.

Was asked: the way his Department will contribute to the doubling of PhDs in science, engineering and technology; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Minister for Education and Science has primary responsibility for the higher education sector, from which the PhDs will graduate. However, the target of doubling the number of PhDs is at the hear...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: if there has been a negative impact on the work of his Department or its agencies from the Government’s public service staffing reduction programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

There has not been a negative impact on the work of my Department and the Agencies under the aegis of my Department arising from the Government’s Public Service Staffing Reduction Programme. All serv...More Button

Written Answers - Job Creation.

Was asked: his plans to provide alternative employment for vulnerable workers in the construction sector when this sector takes a downturn in the coming years. More Button

Over the last ten years, Ireland has experienced exceptional growth which has seen our economy almost double in size. The construction sector has played, and continues to play, a very significant rol...More Button

Written Answers - Official Travel.

Was asked: the international flights taken by his departmental staff on Department business to date in 2007; the number of flights to each destination; the number of domestic flights taken to date in 2007 and t...More Button

Table 1 provides details of international fights taken by staff of my Department on official business on scheduled flights from 1 January 2007 to 30 June 2007. The table shows the final destination f...More Button

Written Answers - Equal Opportunities Employment.

Was asked: his Department’s progress under the comprehensive employment strategy for people with disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The pillars underpinning the development of a comprehensive employment strategy under the Sectoral Plan for people with disabilities of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment are: Enhancin...More Button

Written Answers - Work Permits.

Was asked: when the interim arrangement regarding access to the labour market of Romanian and Bulgarian citizens will come to an end; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Under the Treaties of Accession between the EU and Romania and Bulgaria, Phase 1 of the Transitional Arrangements comes to an end on 31 December, 2008. During this Phase, Member States are permitted t...More Button

Written Answers - World Trade Negotiations.

Was asked: the position and ongoing difficulties regarding the World Trade Organisation talks, particularly in view of the walkout from talks in Germany in June 2007 of Brazil and India; his views on the action...More Button

Was asked: the situation with regard to the World Trade Organisation talks; the priorities of the Government with regard to same; the measures being taken to advance these priorities; and if he will make a stat...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 113 and 114 together. The meeting last month in Potsdam, Germany, of the so-called Group of 4 (the G4) of the USA, the EU (represented by the European Commission), Bra...More Button

Written Answers - Company Closures.

Was asked: when his attention was drawn to the impending closure of a factory (details supplied) in County Kildare; if he has received information regarding the company’s proposals to compensate the workforce; ...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which he has monitored the impending closure of a factory (details supplied) in County Kildare; if his attention has been drawn to the extent to which adequate offers of redundancy have...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 115 and 116 together. On 23 April, 2007, I was informed of the situation in the company in question by Enterprise Ireland. The company is moving its manufacturing ope...More Button

Written Answers - Job Losses.

Was asked: the number and location of jobs lost throughout County Kildare in the past five years; the number of replacements or intended replacements; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The full-time job losses, job gains and net gains/losses in Agency assisted enterprises in Co. Kildare for years 2002 to 2006 inclusive are outlined in the following table. According to the most recen...More Button

Written Answers - Job Creation.

Was asked: if he has had discussions with the manufacturing industry with a view to identification of cost factors prohibitive to investment or job creation here; his proposals to address the matters arising; a...More Button

Manufacturing is an important and integral part of the economy, directly employing almost 250,000 people. During 2005 the sector spent €25bn on Irish labour, material and services and contributed almo...More Button

Written Answers - Work Permits.

Was asked: the number of applications for work permits in the past six months; the number for the same period in 2006; the number approved or rejected respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter...More Button

The employments Permits Section of my Department have informed me that the following are the figures for permits applied, approved and rejected in the first six months of 2006 and the first six months...More Button

Written Answers - Economic Competitiveness.

Was asked: the extent to which his Department has identified the cost factors most likely affecting industries proposing to relocate to lower wage economies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Factors affecting the competitiveness of dynamic market economies are constantly changing. Ireland has prospered by being closely connected with global markets and using the opportunities of globalis...More Button

Written Answers - Decentralisation Programme.

Was asked: the progress to date in regard to the decentralisation plans for his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department has been making good progress in regard to the relocation of 250 posts to Carlow under the Government’s Decentralisation Programme. The following business units/Offices of my Department...More Button

Written Answers - FÁS Training Programmes.

Was asked: if he is satisfied regarding the adequacy of funding for FÁS to carry out its retraining for community employment or other schemes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Community Employment budget for 2007 is €355.5m and has been provided with a view to maintaining overall numbers on schemes at 2006 levels (circa 22,200 nationally). Following a review of FÁS emp...More Button

Written Answers - Job Losses.

Was asked: the number of jobs lost to the economy here in the past 12 months; if all or any have relocated to lower wage economies; the action taken or proposed to address this issue; and if he will make a stat...More Button

Was asked: the action he will take to create a better climate for the manufacturing sector in view of the number of relocations to more cost effective economies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 123 and 124 together. Employment figures in Enterprise Agency assisted firms are collated on an annual basis. The latest figure available for total full-time job los...More Button

Was asked: the position in regard to the relocation of facilities from a company (details supplied) in County Kildare to various other destinations; the extent to which it is expected to replace the jobs threat...More Button

When the company in question announced the closure of its Naas facility last December, the reasons that were cited for the closure were a reduction in market demand, intense cost pressure from automot...More Button


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