Coughlan, Mary

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 681 No. 4

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Written Answers - EU Funding.

Was asked: the way the EU Globalisation Adjustment Fund which was launched two years ago under Regulation 1927/2006 is being promoted here; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department monitors those collective redundancies in the State, which are potentially eligible for support from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund. Eligibility criteria include reaching spe...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Agencies.

Was asked: the cost of running the Science Foundation Ireland administration since it was established; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Since its establishment in 2000, initially as a sub- committee as Forfás and subsequently on a statutory basis under the Industrial Development (Science Foundation Ireland) Act, 2003, Science Foundati...More Button

Written Answers - Redundancy Payments.

Was asked: when an application by a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary for payment of redundancy from the social insurance fund will be processed. More Button

A notification of redundancy form RP50 was received on 7 April, 2009 by the Redundancy Payments Section of my Department in respect of the individual concerned. A request has been communicated to her...More Button

Written Answers - Health and Safety Regulations.

Was asked: her proposals to make it mandatory for all employers to have appropriate personal insurance cover for all of their employees; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Employers are responsible for the health and safety of their employees while they are at work. Employers’ liability insurance enables employers meet the cost of compensation for employee injuries or i...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Programmes.

Was asked: the administrative arrangements in respect of the graduate placement scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Work Experience Scheme, which was announced in the Supplementary Budget, will provide 2,000 six-month places to individuals who are unemployed and it will also include the placement of graduates. ...More Button

Written Answers - Health and Safety Regulations.

Was asked: her proposals to provide compensation for employees injured at work when the employer goes into receivership and no employee liability insurance was in place beforehand; and if she will make a statem...More Button

Employers’ liability insurance enables employers meet the cost of compensation for employee injuries or illnesses, which occur while employees are working for an employer. While employer liability ins...More Button

Written Answers - Official Travel.

Was asked: 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 m...More Button

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 Sau...More Button

Written Answers - Industrial Development.

Was asked: if progress has been made in regard to the sale or use of Industrial Development Authority lands in south Kildare (details supplied); if she or the IDA has had further meetings with Kildare County Co...More Button

The management of IDA Ireland’s industrial property portfolio is a day-to-day operational matter for the Agency, as part of the statutory responsibility assigned to it by the Oireachtas, and it is not...More Button

Written Answers - Science and Technology Sectors.

Was asked: the latest estimate of the value of science and technology focused companies to the economy here; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: her views on the potential of future growth in the science and technology sectors; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 127 and 128 together. The drive to encourage Irish companies to use science and technology to increase competitiveness and value added is a significant pillar of Gover...More Button

Was asked: the strategies she has in place to promote science and technology in both education and business; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Government has made a major commitment, through the substantial investment set out in the Strategy for Science, Technology & Innovation (SSTI) 2006-2013 and the National Development Plan (NDP) 200...More Button

Was asked: the amount her Department has contributed to the Discover Science and Engineering programme for each year since its establishment; the way budgetary cutbacks have been implemented in 2009; the effect...More Button

Was asked: the action she is taking to encourage greater awareness of science and technology among the public and students; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 130 and 131 together. The Discover Science and Engineering Programme was established in late 2003 to promote an awareness and understanding of the importance of scienc...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: the number of staff in her Department, including their grades and responsibilities, charged with promoting science and technology; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Office of Science, Technology and Innovation (OSTI) forms part of the Science, Technology and Intellectual Property Division of my Department which also includes the Intellectual Property Unit and...More Button

Written Answers - Redundancy Payments.

Was asked: if a redundancy payment issue referred to her Department by the Labour Relations Commission in the name of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare will be resolved shortly; and if she will make...More Button

The Redundancy Payments Section of my Department and the Labour Relations Commission has checked to see if a redundancy payments issue has been referred for the individual in question but there is no ...More Button

Written Answers - Company Closures.

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

Since the company announced its plans to close its Dublin operations, IDA Ireland and I have had numerous meetings with the company to express my concern regarding the effect the closure will have on ...More Button

Written Answers - Industrial Development.

Was asked: her views on the role that exports produced by foreign companies located here play in the Irish economy; her further views on the importance of assisting these companies to access new export markets ...More Button

Enterprise Ireland is the government agency responsible for the development and promotion of the indigenous business sector. Its mission is to accelerate the development of world-class Irish companie...More Button

Written Answers - Export Services.

Was asked: the resources that have been expended on the Enterprise Ireland initiative on exporting construction services abroad for delivery of the smart economy as set out in Building Ireland’s Smart Economy —...More Button

The Smart Economy Document commits Enterprise Ireland to providing a construction sector export service to assist companies and professionals to market their products and services abroad. The agency ...More Button

Written Answers - Economic Competitiveness.

Was asked: the steps taken to achieve the 25% reduction of administrative burdens placed on business as included in Building Ireland’s Smart Economy — A Framework for Sustainable Economic Renewal 2009 to 2014 i...More Button

My Department is charged with leading the cross-Government drive to reduce red tape costs for business. We are doing this in a prioritised way, drawing on the experiences of other Member States who a...More Button

Written Answers - FÁS Training Programmes.

Was asked: the measures that have been taken in the retraining of construction workers in line with the projected future green economy as set out in Building Ireland’s Smart Economy — A Framework for Sustainabl...More Button

FÁS is involved in the funding and provision of a number of programmes to retrain construction workers in the requisite skills pertaining to the green economy in line with the document ‘Building Irela...More Button

Written Answers - Industrial Development.

Was asked: the way the multinational community will be incentivised to intensify (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

IDA Ireland provides a range of financial incentives to support capital, employment, training, environmental and RD&I activity as well as advice, facilitation and property services to prospective and ...More Button

Was asked: the steps taken since the publication of Building Ireland’s Smart Economy — A Framework for Sustainable Economic Renewal 2009 to 2014 in areas (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on ...More Button

The development of a “smart” or knowledge based economy is a critical opportunity to enable Ireland to negotiate the present economic difficulties and to sustain a national recovery. Since the Govern...More Button

Written Answers - Tax Code.

Was asked: the steps taken in relation to the revision of the arrangements for the taxation of intellectual property since the publication of Building Ireland’s Smart Economy — A Framework for Sustainable Econo...More Button

The Minister for Finance, in his 7 April 2009 budget speech, announced that a “scheme of tax relief for the acquisition of intangible assets, including Intellectual Property” will be included in the l...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Bodies.

Was asked: if the manufacturing forum as set out in Building Ireland’s Smart Economy — A Framework for Sustainable Economic Renewal 2009 to 2014 has been formed; and the number of meetings it has had. More Button

The Manufacturing Forum has not yet been formed but I expect to appoint its members very shortly.More Button

Written Answers - Science and Technology Sectors.

Was asked: the specific measures that have been taken to increase public and industry wide focus on commercial opportunities available (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Among the functions of the Department’s enterprise development agency, Enterprise Ireland, is the provision of a range of supports aimed at realising the commercial potential of Ireland’s research com...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Agencies.

Was asked: if there has been significant progress in the survey of collaborations and co-operation between enterprise agencies as set out in the publication of Building Ireland’s Smart Economy — A Framework for...More Button

My Department, in conjunction with Forfás and the other Industrial Development agencies, has commenced a review to see if there can be further improvement in collaboration between the agencies and to ...More Button

Written Answers - Skills Development.

Was asked: the steps taken since the publication of Building Ireland’s Smart Economy — A Framework for Sustainable Economic Renewal 2009 to 2014 to prioritise flexible learning initiatives targeted at up-skilli...More Button

My Department, through FÁS, continues to prioritise the need to assist and up-skill those who have become unemployed as a result of the current downturn in the economy. In 2009 FÁS estimates that it ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Bodies.

Was asked: the number of times the advisory council of business leaders set out in Building Ireland’s Smart Economy — A Framework for Sustainable Economic Renewal 2009 to 2014 has met; and if she will make a st...More Button

I have not as yet established the Advisory Council of Business Leaders. However, I am in receipt of ongoing advice from the heads of the enterprise development agencies that report to my Department, ...More Button

Written Answers - Employment Support Services.

Was asked: the reason, in view of the economic climate, there are only three FÁS job clubs in the south east; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

FÁS Job Clubs were introduced in 1999 to assist people who were actively seeking employment by providing support for the job search process and an environment in which it could be carried out. Indepe...More Button

Written Answers - EU Funding.

Was asked: when moneys will be available in Limerick from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund to assist with redundant workers (details supplied); the amount of funding her Department is projecting that ...More Button

Was asked: the contacts that have taken place between her and the European Commission in relation to the use of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund in Limerick; if the regulations governing the fund will...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 148 and 149 together. My Department, in conjunction with the relevant State agencies, is currently preparing an application for EGF support in respect of the redundanc...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure.

Was asked: the annual expenditure on external legal costs by her Department in each of the past five years; the annual expenditure on external legal costs by each of the agencies under her aegis in each of the ...More Button

The detailed information being sought by the Deputy, going back to 2004, is currently being compiled across my Department. However, in the short time available to me since the Deputy tabled this Quest...More Button

Written Answers - Redundancy Payments.

Was asked: when full redundancy payment will be made to a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary. More Button

As Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment I do not have a role in the administration of individual cases. The administration of individual cases is a day-to-day matter for FÁS as ...More Button

Written Answers - Retail Sector Developments.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the media reports that a company (details supplied) intends to start replacing products sourced here with products sourced in the United Kingdom; if in this context...More Button

Was asked: if she has met or if she will meet with representatives of a company (details supplied) to discuss their plans to replace products sourced here with products sourced in the United Kingdom, particular...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 152 and 156 together. The Deputy will appreciate that issues in relation to the strategies employed by businesses, including in the area of sourcing supplies, are prim...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Offices.

Was asked: her plans to establish the office of retail ombudsman to deal with disputes between retailers and suppliers, similar to that recently recommended by the UK Government; and if she will make a statemen...More Button

I understand that the ombudsman referred to in the Deputy’s Question relates to a proposal made by the UK Competition Commission to introduce a scheme to deal with disputes between retailers and suppl...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation.

Was asked: her plans to bring forward fair trade legislation; when it will be published; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I understand the Deputy is referring to fair trade in the context of fair and equitable terms and conditions between parties in a contractual business relationship. In general, contract law, enforcea...More Button

Written Answers - Retail Sector.

Was asked: if her attention has been drawn to the growing concerns among food suppliers here regarding the abuse of buying power by certain retailers which can lead to a situation in which such suppliers are no...More Button

The Deputy refers in his question to concerns regarding possible abuses by certain undertakings in the retail sector. I would advise the Deputy that the Competition Acts specifically provide that any ...More Button

Written Answers - Redundancy Payments.

Was asked: the position regarding an application for statutory redundancy payment by a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Redundancy Payments Section of my Department has checked to see if a redundancy payments claim has been lodged for the individual in question but currently there is no record of a claim having bee...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding an application for statutory redundancy payment by a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Redundancy Payments Section of my Department has checked to see if a redundancy payments claim has been lodged for the individual in question but currently there is no record of the claim having b...More Button


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