Wednesday, 6 May 2009
Dáil Eireann Debate
125. Deputy Jack Wall asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the number of companies from Kildare South that have accompanied her or An Taoiseach on the trade missions that they have made in each of the past two years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [17413/09]
Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment (Deputy Mary Coughlan): Since becoming Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, in May 2008, two of the Trade Missions which I have led had participating companies located in Co. Kildare. On last week’s Mission to Saudi Arabia/Qatar, there were two such companies; one from Kill and one based at The Curragh. On the Trade Mission to the United Arab Emirates in November 2008, one company from Clane participated.
In January 2007 the former Taoiseach, Mr. Bertie Ahern, T.D. led a Trade Mission to Saudi Arabia/UAE. with five companies from Kildare participating. Of those five, two were from Naas, one from Rathangan, one from Kill, and the other from The Curragh. One of the Trade Missions led by the present Taoiseach, Mr. Brian Cowen, T.D., was to China in October 2008, which had a total of five participants from Co. Kildare. Of those five, three were based in Maynooth, one in The Curragh and one in Athy. In addition to the businesses listed above, it may be the case that other companies who participated in Trade Missions had their principal base (and their stated address) elsewhere in the country, but they may operate facilities in Co. Kildare also.
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