O'Keeffe, Batt

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 716 No. 1

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Order of Business

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Issue of Writs: Dublin South, Waterford and Donegal South-West By-elections

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Question put: “That the motion re by-election for Waterford be agreed to.”
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Question put: “That the motion re by-election for Donegal South-West be agreed to.”
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Credit Institution (Eligible Liabilities Guarantee) (Amendment) Scheme 2010: Motion

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Economic Strategy: Motion

I move amendment No. 2: To delete all words after “Dáil Éireann” and substitute the following: “—supports fully the actions and policies of the Government designed to restore sustainable economic grow...More Button

Written Answers - State-Owned Enterprises

Was asked: the aegis of his Department, when it received the most recent annual report of that company; the date on which the Department approved the annual report; and to provide the same information for the p...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Agencies

Was asked: the aegis of his Department, when they received the most recent annual report of that company; the date on which the Department approved the annual report; and to provide the same information for the...More Button

Written Answers - Task Force Reports

Was asked: when the mid-west task force will deliver its final report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the progress made to date on the implementation of the recommendations of the mid west task force report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1682 and 1734 together. In June of this year I issued, and discussed with the Task Force Chairman, the most recent report on the Government’s response to the recommend...More Button

Written Answers - Economic Competitiveness

Was asked: his plans to improve the competitiveness of the economy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Annual Competitiveness Report 2010, published by the National Competitiveness Council in July this year, acknowledged that since January 2008, Ireland has regained some of the competitiveness it h...More Button

Written Answers - Redundancy Payments

Was asked: his plans to improve processing times for statutory redundancy payments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the number of applicants currently awaiting redundancy payments; the length of waiting times for redundancy in each of the different categories of redundancy; the way these compare with 2009; his pla...More Button

Was asked: if he will address the backlogs and delays in the system for accessing redundancy awards through the Social Insurance Fund for citizens who have been made unemployed; the average time a citizen who h...More Button

Was asked: the reason for the delay in payment to persons (details supplied) in Dublin 3. More Button

Was asked: if he will ensure that a person (details supplied) in County Sligo will receive their redundancy payment as a matter of urgency; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Job Creation

Was asked: his specific jobs strategy to address the unemployment rate in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the specific jobs strategy he has to address the unemployment rate in County Clare of those under 25 years of age; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the specific job strategy he has to address the long-term unemployment rate in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1687 to 1689, inclusive, together. My Department has a range of strategies designed to support and grow enterprises thus facilitating the creation and retention of job...More Button

Written Answers - Redundancy Payments

Was asked: when redundancy payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; 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 Tipperary; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: when a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary will receive their redundancy payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Industrial Development

Was asked: the geographic concentration of foreign direct investment in each of the past ten years; the numbers of Industrial Development Agency supported companies that have been set up in each of the past ten...More Button

Foreign direct investment industries are located in each county in the State, and in the Shannon Free Zone. The greatest concentration of FDI industries is in Dublin. Table 1 shows the number of fo...More Button

Was asked: the areas that have been most affected by the withdrawal of foreign direct investment in each of the past ten years, in terms of job losses and by county; and if he will make a statement on the matte...More Button

The Forfás Annual Employment Survey reports on job gains and losses in companies that are supported by the industrial development agencies. Data is compiled on an annualised basis and is aggregated a...More Button

Was asked: the figures for foreign direct investment here for each of the past ten years; the figures for investments won and lost by the Industrial Development Agency in this ten year period; and if he will ma...More Button

Foreign direct investment has been a major contributor to Ireland’s development in the past 50 years. Nearly a quarter of a million quality Irish jobs exist today because of our long term commitment t...More Button

Written Answers - New Enterprises

Was asked: the geographic concentration of small and medium enterprises set-up in the past year, in the past three years and in the past five years; if he will provide this information in tabular form on a coun...More Button

The information sought by the Deputy is not available through the CSO in the format requested. Enterprise Demography Statistics are, however, compiled by the CSO under the Structural Business Statist...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Agencies

Was asked: the location of Industrial Development Agency international offices; the cost involved in keeping these offices; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

IDA Ireland has 17 overseas offices located in Europe, the United States, Asia Pacific and South America, details of which are set out in the following tabular statement. In recent years IDA has incre...More Button

Written Answers - Irish Exports

Was asked: the value of exports of multinational companies based here in the past year and each of the past five years; the contribution of multinational corporations to Irish exports, to GDP and to Irish expen...More Button

The following table sets out the relevant details. More Button

Written Answers - National Minimum Wage

Was asked: the reason Ireland is the only country in the EU that has separate sectorial agreements governing rates of pay in addition to national minimum wage legislation; if the existence of the REA/JLC/ERO fr...More Button

Written Answers - Redundancy Payments

Was asked: if he will review the application for redundancy in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; the status of this application; when will the redundancy be paid; and if he will make a stat...More Button

Was asked: the number of person who have applied for redundancy payments for each year since 2006 and to date in 2010 in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the amount of money that has been paid out in redundancy payments for each year since 2005 and to date in 2010 in tabular form; the amount his Department is seeking to recover from companies when it ...More Button

Was asked: the number of persons who were advised to take a case to the Employment Appeals Tribunal because their employer had not provided adequate information to the Department in each year since 2008 and to ...More Button

Was asked: the length of time employees seeking redundancy from his Department but required to take a case to the Employment Appeals Tribunal are waiting for their case to be heard by the Employment Appeals Tri...More Button

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary is entitled to redundancy payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: when a redundancy payment will be made in respect of a person (details supplied) in south Tipperary; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: when a redundancy payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Industrial Development

Was asked: the number of site visits to Navan, County Meath, the industrial promotion agencies have planned for the remainder of 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

IDA Ireland is responsible for attracting foreign direct investment to Ireland and its regions. I am informed by IDA that: In February 2010 Generale PanEurope(GPE) and Generali International(GI) anno...More Button

Written Answers - Redundancy Payments

Was asked: the position regarding an application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Work Permits

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Carlow qualifies for a work permit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Carlow qualifies for a work permit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Redundancy Payments

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Galway as not been paid redundancy in view of the fact that the employment concerned terminated on the 30 September 2008; and if he will make a statem...More Button

Was asked: when redundancy payment will be paid to a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Work Permits

Was asked: if he will review a decision to refuse an employment permit in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Industrial Development

Was asked: the position regarding a project (details supplied) in County Mayo; the details of the hectare availability and occupancy rate; the active interest in the location by investors; and if he will make a...More Button

Written Answers - Redundancy Payments

Was asked: if he will respond to a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Work Permits

Was asked: if he will support the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 7. More Button

Written Answers - Redundancy Payments

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

Was asked: if he has received an application for a statutory lump sum from the Social Insurance Fund in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 8; when a decision will be made in this case; and if he w...More Button

Written Answers - Employment Support Services

Was asked: if assistance is available under a PRSI scheme for employers looking to create a new position in their organisation or if there are any other schemes that help a small business create employment; and...More Button

The Employer Job (PRSI) Incentive Scheme is a scheme introduced by Government to act as a direct stimulus to job creation by giving employers a PRSI exemption for taking on new workers who have been u...More Button

Written Answers - Job Creation

Was asked: if he will set out each new jobs announcement made by the Industrial Development Agency and Enterprise Ireland for the years 2008, 2009, 2010 in tabular form; the number of jobs announced; the compan...More Button

The Forfás Annual Employment Survey reports on job gains and losses in companies that are supported by the Industrial Development agencies. Data is compiled on an annualised basis and is aggregated a...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the amount his Department spent in each of the last three years and in the first six months of this year on mobile phone bills; the number of staff within the Department who have mobile phones paid b...More Button

The amount spent by my Department on mobile phone bills since 2007 is as follows: The number of staff in the Department with mobile phones paid for by the Department has varied over the years but in A...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff

Was asked: the number of persons employed in his Department by grade; the number of agencies under his remit; and the number of staff employed in each agency by grade. More Button

The number of persons (full time equivalent (FTE)) employed in my Department, broken down by grade, is outlined in the following table. There are 13 Agencies under the remit of my Department. The num...More Button

Written Answers - Trade Agreements

Was asked: the trade agreements that are in existence between Ireland and Middle Eastern countries, including Iraq; his plans to expand trade links with the region and to break down barriers to trade; and if he...More Button

Ireland does not have any trade agreements with Middle Eastern countries. Trade policy is an EU competence and the EU is currently either in negotiation currently, or already has Trade agreements wit...More Button

Written Answers - Industrial Development

Was asked: if any potential investors have been identified to develop the industrial development authority technology business and technology park in Fermoy, County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

The day-to-day management of IDA Ireland’s industrial property portfolio is an operational matter for the agency and not one in which I have a function. I am informed by IDA Ireland that the agency ho...More Button

Written Answers - County Enterprise Boards

Was asked: the position regarding an application for a feasibility and innovation grant for a hybrid wind & solar project, which was submitted in May 2010 in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Lon...More Button

My Department officials have established that the Deputy is enquiring about a grant application to Longford County Enterprise Board (CEB). As agencies operating under the aegis of my Department, the ...More Button

Written Answers - Redundancy Payments

Was asked: when statutory redundancy will be awarded to a person (details supplied) in Dublin 8; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Economic Competitiveness

Was asked: if there are credit difficulties for Irish business trading with China because of our international credit standing; the assistance that will be made available in such cases; and if he will make a st...More Button

Ireland’s exports to China have expanded very significantly in recent years to the extent that we now have a trade surplus with that country. In addition, the number of Irish companies, which have es...More Button

Written Answers - Graduate Support Schemes

Was asked: when the graduate internship programme will commence and where details on this programme may be found. More Button

Enterprise Ireland’s (EI) support to graduates currently falls into two categories, the Graduates 4 International Growth (Pilot Programme) and the Enterprise Ireland International Graduate Programme. ...More Button

Written Answers - Redundancy Payments

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) in County Galway is entitled to redundancy payments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Agencies

Was asked: the aegis of his Department, when they received the most recent annual report of that company; the date on which the Department approved the annual report; and if he will provide the same information...More Button

Agencies that come within my Department’s remit are all non-commercial bodies, principally, though not exclusively, in the enterprise development sector such as Enterprise Ireland, IDA, County Enterpr...More Button

Written Answers - Copyright Laws

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the difference in approach between the USA and the EU in respect of the right of electronic search and network companies to make use of material under copyright pro...More Button

Written Answers - Ministerial Staff

Was asked: the current year in terms of full-time equivalents the number of persons employed in his, or if applicable his predecessors’, constituency office; the annual amount paid in respect of salaries and ex...More Button

Table 1 below outlines the number of persons (full time equivalents), broken down by grade, employed in my constituency office and in those of my predecessors, including each Minister of State from 14...More Button

Written Answers - Western Development Commission

Was asked: his statements that Enterprise Ireland and the Industrial Development Authority are getting funding to employ up to 50 people so that they can meet their targets, the impact that this will have on th...More Button

The staffing levels for each Department and its associated offices and agencies will be determined by an Employment Control Framework to be agreed with the Department of Finance. I do not anticipate ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Properties

Was asked: the total number of offices and properties rented by his Department; their location and use; if his Department is occupying all of the office space currently rented; if not the location of such offic...More Button

Was asked: the offices and properties which his Department are currently renting, if he would give a breakdown of all leasehold interests to include building size, current rent, lease terms, rent reviews, break...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1738 and 1739 together. My Department and the 8 Offices of my Department currently occupy 11 buildings within the State. A list of the buildings involved is in the ...More Button

Written Answers - Work Permits

Was asked: if he will reconsider the refusal of a green card to a person (details supplied) who meets all of the qualification criteria and whose entry visa is essential to job creation; and if he will make a s...More Button

Written Answers - Economic Competitiveness

Was asked: the findings of studies carried out by his Department and its agencies on electricity prices here; the amount they exceed the EU and eurozone average; the impact of electricity prices on competitiven...More Button

The National Competitiveness Council, whose work is underpinned by research and analysis carried out by Forfas, examined electricity costs as part of its “Costs of Doing Business in Ireland 2010” repo...More Button

Written Answers - State Banking Sector

Was asked: the progress he has made on a Government-backed loan guarantee scheme for viable small businesses; the reason work on such a scheme did not begin when Ireland entered recession in September 2008; and...More Button

The provision of credit to our enterprise sector, especially to SMEs, should primarily come from a properly functioning banking sector. The whole focus of Government policy on banking since 2008 has ...More Button


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