Coughlan, Mary

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 666 No. 3

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Written Answers - Job Protection.

Was asked: if she will report on her discussions with a company (details supplied) in respect of the plant in Limerick.. More Button

The fact that Dell is undertaking a fundamental review of its manufacturing operations and global business model has been in the public domain for some time. It is standard IDA Ireland practice, wher...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Agencies.

Was asked: the role the National Standards Authority of Ireland has in respect of companies or individuals who register with the Private Security Authority; if a charge is involved; and if she will make a state...More Button

The Private Security Authority (PSA), established under the Private Security Services Act 2004 and operating under the remit of the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, is the regulatory bo...More Button

Written Answers - Job Losses.

Was asked: if she has reviewed the recent significant job losses in the motor sales sector in view of the fact that it has been reported that as many as 2,000 workers have been let go from car dealerships here;...More Button

Many sectors, including the motor trade, are being affected by the downturn in the economy. The Government is taking decisive action in this regard. FÁS and the Department of Social and Family Affai...More Button

Written Answers - FÁS Training Programmes.

Was asked: the position in relation to a matter (details supplied). More Button

I am very conscious of the need to try to accommodate apprentices who have been made redundant in advance of the completion of their apprenticeships. Last month’s Budget announcement provided an addi...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: if, with reference to the recent commitment given in Dáil Éireann to bring forward amending legislation to facilitate direct negotiations between the Irish Medical Organisation, the Department of H...More Button

Section 4 of the Competition Act 2002 prohibits and makes void all agreements between undertakings, decisions by associations of undertakings and concerted practices which have as their object or effe...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: if she will provide an estimate of the cost of legal services which her Department paid for in 2007 and to date in 2008; and if she is satisfied that effective measures are in place to minimise thi...More Button

The information requested by the Deputy in so far as my Department is concerned is set out in the following table: Year 2007 Year 2008 It is the practice to seek provision of services under Public Pro...More Button

Written Answers - FÁS Training Programmes.

Was asked: the breakdown for 2006, 2007 and to date in 2008 of the expenditure by FÁS in relation to apprentices; the expected expenditure for the remainder of 2008; the budgeted expenditure for 2009; and if ...More Button

FÁS expenditure on the apprenticeship system since 2006 is as follows: * Budgeted The FÁS budget by programme for 2009 has not yet been agreed.More Button

Was asked: the number of apprentices registered with FÁS in 2006, 2007 and to date in 2008; the number of further registrations expected by the end of 2008 and 2009; the breakdown of such registrations by sec...More Button

The number of apprentices newly registered with FÁS since 2006 broken down by sector and projected registrations during the balance of this year and in 2009 is as follows: It should be noted that the...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Agencies.

Was asked: the date, in regard to the decision announced in budget 2009 to amalgamate the national Consumer Agency and the Competition Authority, by which this amalgamation will be achieved; if legislation wi...More Button

Since the announcement in the budget by my colleague the Minister for Finance, Brian Lenihan TD, of the merging of the National Consumer Agency and the Competition Authority, my Department has being w...More Button

Written Answers - FÁS Training Programmes.

Was asked: if she will support a matter (details supplied). More Button

The apprenticeship programme is a training and development programme, which provides apprentices with the skills, knowledge and competencies leading to the award of an advanced craft certificate. The...More Button

Written Answers - Job Creation.

Was asked: the number of jobs created by the Industrial Development Authority within the Border, midland and western region for each of the past five years; if this equates to 50% of the jobs created by the I...More Button

Was asked: if it is the policy of the Government and the Industrial Development Authority to create 50% of all jobs created by the IDA within the Border, midland western region; the proposals for 2008 in this...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 190 and 191 together. IDA Ireland is the agency with statutory responsibility for the attraction of foreign direct investment (FDI) to Ireland and its regions. The ma...More Button

Was asked: the number of Industrial Development Authority jobs created in County Mayo for each of the past five years; the accumulated total as a percentage of IDA jobs created in that five year period; the i...More Button

IDA Ireland is the agency with statutory responsibility for the attraction of foreign direct investment (FDI) to Ireland and its regions. The marketing of individual areas for new or expansion FDI in...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the number of capital projects which have gone over budget in each of the past five years; the original estimate for each of these projects; the final cost of same; and if she will make a statement...More Button

Capital funding allocated to my Department is expended through various agencies under the remit of my Department, including IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland, FAS, Shannon De...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: the severance packages for each retiring staff member in her Department over the past three years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

In 2006, 24 members of staff retired from my Department with a pension and lump sum. Pensions in respect of the 24 staff totalled €542,595 per annum, and lump sum payments totalled €1,674,371. In 200...More Button

Written Answers - FÁS Training Programmes.

Was asked: the expenditure by FÁS in relation to community employment schemes in 2007 and to date in 2008; the anticipated expenditure for the remainder of 2008 and for 2009; and if she will make a statement ...More Button

Total expenditure in 2007 on the Community Employment (CE) Scheme amounted to €357.5 million. As at 26 September 2008 expenditure totalled €273.1 million. Current estimates indicate that total expen...More Button

Written Answers - Planning Issues.

Was asked: the details of the development works undertaken by her Department under section 181(2)(a) of the Planning and Development Act 2000, since the Act was enacted; and if she will make a statement on th...More Button

No development works have been undertaken by my Department under Section 181(2)(a) of the Planning and Development Act 2000 which provides inter alia that a Minister of the Government may by order pro...More Button

Written Answers - Company Takeovers.

Was asked: her views on the number of small home heating oil distributors which are being taken over by large operators; if her attention has been drawn to the increase in the number of such home heating oil ...More Button

It is the right of any individual or corporation to sell its business and exit the market if it so wishes and it would be inappropriate for the Government to force incumbents to stay in a market. Rat...More Button

Written Answers - Waste Management.

Was asked: if, in the interest of reducing paper use, her Department has plans to relax or drop the requirement to supply three or more hard copies of tender documentation and to move towards greater use of e...More Button

The Public Procurement rules do not specify the number of copies of tender documents to be submitted but they do permit contracting authorities to require the submission of tenders solely by electroni...More Button

Written Answers - Community Employment Schemes.

Was asked: the number of people on community employment schemes who have progressed to full time work at the end of their scheme in each of the past three years; and if she will make a statement on the matter...More Button

Community Employment (CE) is an active labour market programme designed to provide eligible long term unemployed people and other disadvantaged persons with an opportunity to engage in useful work wit...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Transport.

Was asked: the public transport services used by her since she came into office or since 2007 on official business; the destinations travelled to; the cost of same; and if she will make a statement on the mat...More Button

I assume that the Deputy’s question refers to bus and rail travel. I have not had an opportunity since assuming office in the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment to avail of public transpor...More Button

Was asked: the public transport services used by her officials since 2007 on official business; the cost of same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am interpreting the Deputy’s question as relating to the use of bus and rail services by my officials. All travel by staff of my Department on official business is governed by travel and subsistence...More Button

Written Answers - Decentralisation Programme.

Was asked: the amount the process of decentralisation has cost the taxpayer to date excluding the cost of all sites or buildings acquired; and the cost for each individual location. More Button

My Department, Health and Safety Authority and FÁS have interim decentralised offices in place in Carlow, Kilkenny and Birr respectively. The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the foll...More Button


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