O'Keeffe, Batt

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 711 No. 1

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Written Answers - Trade Opportunities

Was asked: his strategy to capitalise on our investment in the Shanghai International Exhibition 2010 from a tourism, industrial and educational point of view; the level and named Irish agencies that are operat...More Button

The Department of An Taoiseach is responsible for coordinating the arrangements in relation to all aspects of our participation in Expo 2010 in Shanghai, including all decisions in relation to staffin...More Button

Written Answers - Redundancy Payments

Was asked: when redundancy will be awarded in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary. More Button

Was asked: the number of redundancies and insolvencies each month from January 2007 until May 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Employment Levels

Was asked: the number of persons employed in exporting firms on 1 January each year from 2000 to 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The figures available to me are in respect of numbers of persons employed in exporting firms assisted by the State Development agencies, IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and Shannon Development, which ...More Button

Written Answers - SME Sector

Was asked: if he considers the fact that Donegal County Council, in respect of tenders of less that €40,000 in value, requires suppliers to provide indemnities of as high as €6.5 million for not only the county...More Button

The particular issue referred to by the deputy is a matter for the Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government. The issue of improving access for SMES to public contracts is at the centre ...More Button

Was asked: if he will review the failure of the Competition Authority to challenge anti-competitive practices by the local authorities in which they set down conditions for suppliers that exclude small business...More Button

Was asked: if he has received any advice, views or recommendations from the Competition Authority on anti-competitive tendering practices by the local authorities concerning their setting down of disproportiona...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 90 and 91 together. Overall policy responsibility for public procurement is a matter for my colleague the Minister for Finance. However, specific complaints about ind...More Button

Written Answers - Redundancy Payments

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 71 of 19 May 2010, if the question might be re-addressed in view of the fact that the answer made no reference to the point at issue. More Button

Written Answers - Job Creation

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 199 of 24 September 2008, the progress made to date on obtaining an alternative employer; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I understand from Enterprise Ireland that, at present, no active enquiries are known to the agency regarding the factory. The agency will continue to be of assistance to the company concerned in find...More Button

Written Answers - Work Permits

Was asked: if he will amend the Employment Permit Act 2006 to allow immigrants who have employment permits to work with Irish employers to register with new employers here when they are made redundant; and if h...More Button

Written Answers - Industrial Disputes

Was asked: if he will examine a matter (details supplied). More Button

Written Answers - Redundancy Payments

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Clare will be facilitated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: when a statutory redundancy payment will be awarded in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: when redundancy payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Mayo. More Button

Written Answers - National Competitiveness

Was asked: the amount by which labour costs must fall in order for competitiveness here to be restored to its level on 1 January 1999, assuming exchange rates and prices do not change; and if he will make a sta...More Button

Was asked: the amount by which consumer prices must fall in order for competitiveness here to be restored to its level on 1 January 1999, assuming exchange rates, producer prices and labour costs do not change;...More Button

Was asked: the amount by which producer prices must fall in order for competitiveness here to be restored to its level on 1 January 1999, assuming exchange rates, consumer prices and labour costs do not change;...More Button

Was asked: the amount by which the exchange rate with sterling and the US dollar must fall in order for competitiveness here to be restored to its level on 1 January 1999, assuming producer prices, consumer pri...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 99 to 102 together. Measuring competitiveness is complex and requires an assessment of the full range of factors which enable firms to improve their productivity leve...More Button

Written Answers - Employment Rights

Was asked: if he has had investigations made into the phenomena of migrants who take leases in previously unviable businesses, work 16 hours per day and immediately turn these businesses into viable entities (d...More Button

Written Answers - Trade Missions

Was asked: if he will report on his latest trade mission; if inward investment in employment is expected; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I visited the Mid West of the United States from 5th to 9th of April 2010, on a marketing programme organised by IDA Ireland. The programme involved meeting Chairpersons, CEOs and other senior execu...More Button

Written Answers - Redundancy Payments

Was asked: when payment of a specific payment will issue in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork. More Button

Written Answers - Work Permits

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 128 of 2 March 2010, the position regarding an application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the costs associated with the issuing of payslips to staff including production, printing and delivery for 2007, 2008 and 2009, in tabular format; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department processes payroll payments for approximately 1,200 individuals on behalf of the Department, its Offices and a number of agencies. Under Section 4 of the Payment of Wages Act, 1991, there...More Button

Written Answers - Work Permits

Was asked: the position regarding an application for a work permit in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork. More Button

Written Answers - Public Procurement

Was asked: if an allowance in the rating criteria will be built in for companies who are based here and tendering for such projects based on the imbalance stated (details supplied); and if he will make a state...More Button

Responsibility for Public Procurement rests with my colleague, the Minister for Finance.More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Funding

Was asked: his plans to resource the recommendations of the mid-west jobs taskforce; the amount of funding he will make available to implement the recommendations; when he expects the funding to be applied; an...More Button

The Task Force completed its Interim Report, which was presented to the Minister by Mr. Brosnan last July. Since then the Government has been responding to the recommendations under the various headin...More Button

Written Answers - Redundancy Payments

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 74 of 13 October 2009 will he expedite the redundancy payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Clare, when he expects payment to be made; and...More Button

Was asked: if assistance will be given in expediting redundancy payments in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the reason for the delay in processing redundancy payments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: his views on whether it is acceptable that persons made redundant in the past two years have to wait for more than a year for their statutory payments; and if he will make a statement on the matter....More Button

Was asked: the measures that have been implemented to ensure that claims will be processed in a more timely manner. More Button

Was asked: the procedure for claiming statutory redundancy payments; the average length of time for settling a claim; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Job Creation

Was asked: the number of visits to the Information Age Park, Ennis, County Clare, that have taken place in 2010 by companies looking to set up here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the number of new jobs created in the Information Age Park, Ennis, County Clare for each of the years 2008, 2009 and to date in 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the number of jobs in the Information Age Park, Ennis, County Clare for the years 2008, 2009 and to date in 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 117 to 119, inclusive, together. The Information Age Park in Ennis is operated by Shannon Development and the task of securing and supporting industrial clients there ...More Button

Was asked: the number of site visits made by the Industrial Development Authority to sites for the purposes of creating new businesses and employment in County Clare for each of the years from 2007, 2008, 2009...More Button

I have been informed by IDA Ireland and Shannon Development that since 2007, a total of 60 site visits were made by potential investors to County Clare and the Shannon Free Zone. A breakdown of these...More Button

Written Answers - Employment Rights

Was asked: if he will make a statement on the concerns of the migrant rights centre in regard to the employment permit policy (details supplied). More Button

Written Answers - Industrial Development

Was asked: the number of visits made by prospective overseas investors at the invitation of the Industrial Development Authority to locations in the Waterford constituency since January 2009; the sites visited...More Button

Was asked: the sites in the Waterford constituency to which the Industrial Development Authority have brought or will bring foreign direct investors to visit; the reason that these are the sites that are selec...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 122 and 123 together. I have been informed by IDA that from the beginning of 2009 and to date in 2010, there have been a total of 14 site visits by potential investors...More Button

Was asked: the locations throughout the country that have been visited by prospective foreign direct investors at the invitation of the Industrial Development Authority since January 2010; and if he will make ...More Button

I have been informed by IDA Ireland that since January of this year, there have been a total of 193 site visits by potential investors to various locations throughout the country. Details of the loca...More Button


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