Bruton, Richard

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 752 No. 4

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Order of Business

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Priority Questions - Job Creation

Was asked: his views on his record on job creation so far; if he has a plan for dealing with job losses; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The role of Government is not to create jobs directly but to create the appropriate business environment by making the right policy decisions to help enterprise to grow, to create new jobs and to main...More Button

The Deputy and his party continually want to pretend that the past never happened but the reality is that the economic collapse——More Button

——that we have faced is the product of a number of years of bad policy, and during those years we lost 350,000 jobs under the previous Government’s remit.More Button

The challenge for this Government is to pick up a very difficult environment and start to rebuild the economy.More Button

The truth of it is that it will take painstaking work. We have had to restructure the banks to put them in a position where they can once again lend to small businesses. As I said in my reply, we hav...More Button

A plan was launched last year by the Taoiseach, as the Deputy may know, in respect of the potential for growth in the financial services sector. It is expected that the financial services sector has ...More Button

Was asked: if he will establish an emergency enterprise task force within one of the enterprise development agencies in order that such a task force should be able to intervene in businesses that are in seriou...More Button

Job creation is at the top of the Government’s agenda. Since we came into office, this Government has been working to create the improved economic conditions which will support the maintenance of exi...More Button

The reason for that is that we have agencies, such as Enterprise Ireland which specialises in the support of indigenous companies and IDA which specialises in the support of foreign owned companies wh...More Button

The economy is undergoing a difficult transformation. Some sectors grew to a scale that is not sustainable. As the Deputy knows, the construction sector grew to unsustainable levels. The task of Go...More Button

Priority Questions - Export Credit Insurance Scheme

Was asked: in view of the recent announcement of a foreign earnings deduction scheme for Irish-employed workers based in Brazil, Russia, China, India and South Africa, his plans to introduce a guaranteed expor...More Button

Priority Questions - Trade Relations

Was asked: if he will provide the trade balance for goods and services with the UK, with the rest of Europe, with the rest of the world and with BRIC countries for each of the years 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and ...More Button

The full details of our trade balance are set out in the tables that follow this reply. Complete data for 2011 are not yet available. In summary, Ireland’s trade balance with the UK improved from a ...More Button

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Unfortunately, the way the Deputy asked the question means that a simple aggregate figure has not been provided. Our trade surplus with the UK increased from €2.8 billion to €3 billion from 2009 to 2...More Button

The Deputy is looking for figures that have not been compiled in the way he seeks. I remind him that we have authoritative data up to the end of October only.More Button

There has been an increase in our trade to the four BRIC countries. The Deputy’s point is right, overall. Even though over a four-year period there has been a 50% increase in trade to the BRIC count...More Button

Priority Questions - EU Funding

Was asked: if he will detail the action taken by him to develop a scheme to draw down support from the EU Progress Micro Enterprise fund to support start up and small businesses. More Button

Other Questions - Employment Rights

Was asked: the legislative measures, if any, he intends to introduce to prevent scenarios such as Vita Cortex and La Senza whereby places of employment are closed without prior warning being provided to employ...More Button

Was asked: in the context of the treatment of workers in Vita Cortex, La Senza and Lagan Brick and other similar cases such as the Jane Norman chain in mid 2011, in which workers are denied the rights and enti...More Button

Was asked: if he has considered a resolution mechanism to expedite labour disputes to prevent a repeat of the treatment of workers at a company (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter...More Button

Was asked: if, in view of the La Senza case in Liffey Valley (details supplied) in which workers were told that they were no longer required to report for work on 10 January 2012 and following the intervention...More Button

Was asked: in the context of the treatment of workers in Vita Cortex, La Senza and Lagan Brick and other similar cases such as the Jane Norman chain in mid 2011, in which workers are denied the rights and enti...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 6, 8, 15, 31 and 45 together. The number of cases that have arisen in recent times of companies becoming insolvent and not engaging in timely and adequate dialogue wit...More Button

The various agencies and supports that have been outlined have been active in some of these disputes, and in some cases there have been successful resolutions, as the Deputy probably knows. There is ...More Button

I do not know of the case. From the Deputy’s statement, it sounds like the case has gone through the agencies for which I am responsible. At this point it is an issue in respect of honouring a recom...More Button

I would be advised by the Labour Relations Commission, which is the body with experience in this sphere. It is a very hands-on agency and it is not a question of allocating a particular section to wo...More Button

The point must be made that the State is standing by workers in these situations. For example, where cases have been pursued under the Redundancy Acts, it is the State that pays workers and ensures t...More Button

We seek to ensure it is not the taxpayer that is always left having to deal with these situations. The State uses the machinery to protect both itself and workers in these cases. I understand that i...More Button

——fall to be paid from the insolvency payments scheme. The State will honour the position of those workers. A number of cases are still to be heard by the rights commissioner service in respect of e...More Button

Some of those issues are way beyond my responsibilities. My understanding in the case Deputy Boyd Barrett raised is that a UK administration was appointed. The workers were not given their proper ri...More Button

I will investigate whether that is the case and if that is undermining the position. My understanding is that the insolvency fund will be called into action to honour commitments to employees. I wil...More Button

Other Questions - Job Creation

Was asked: the number of the 13,000 plus Industrial Development Agency Ireland supported jobs created in 2011 that were based in County Wexford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: in view of the creation last year of more than 13,000 jobs supported by the Industrial Development Agency Ireland and in view of the net gain of 6,114 jobs overall, the number of these jobs that wer...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 7 and 18 together. In 2011, IDA Ireland client companies created more than 13,000 new jobs, up 20% on the previous year’s level of 10,897, increasing the total number ...More Button

I accept the Deputy’s comments. For the reasons he has outlined, I have directed the IDA to give a particular priority to the region. It has suffered badly, and not only during the recession. Durin...More Button

This is active intervention. I have already directed the IDA to ensure that 50% of projects should be outside Dublin and Cork. Within that directive, we are placing a spotlight on the south east. W...More Button

Immediate success can be had by IDA Ireland in respect of smaller companies. However, in the case of substantial job announcements, where the company in question is seeking a very deep labour pool, t...More Button

Other Questions - Business Regulation

Was asked: the steps he has taken to reduce the regulatory burden on business; the steps he proposes to take over the next three months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Water Services (Amendment) Bill 2011 [Seanad]: Report Stage (Resumed)

Amendment put.
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Amendment put.
No IndicatorVoted No More Button

Promissory Notes: Motion (Resumed)

Amendment put.
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Question put: “That the motion, as amended, be agreed to.”
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Written Answers - Economic Competitiveness

Was asked: if he will list in order from one to five the five main barriers to competitiveness in the economy here; the steps he has taken to reduce these barriers; the steps he intends to take to reduce these ...More Button

The National Competitiveness Council (NCC) monitors business cost and competitiveness issues facing the Irish economy and offers recommendations on policy actions required to enhance Ireland’s positio...More Button

Written Answers - Job Losses

Was asked: the steps he is taking to offset recent job losses by prioritising job creation in Border counties and in the south east in view of the disproportionate impact of job losses in these areas. More Button

Was asked: if he will detail the way in which he will offset recent regional job losses with job creation within the relevant region. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 11 and 28 together. As Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, I am acutely aware of the number of jobs lost in recent years in every region of the country and ...More Button

Written Answers - Credit Guarantee Scheme

Was asked: the position regarding the credit guarantee scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Deputy is referring to the targeted Temporary, Partial Credit Guarantee Scheme which is currently being progressed as a matter of priority by my Department. An Invitation to Tender was published o...More Button

Written Answers - Industrial Development

Was asked: the State’s competitive advantage in computer services and chemicals, if he will detail his plans to diversify in real terms into other sectors in order to reduce dependency on those sectors. More Button

Was asked: the State’s competitive advantage in computer services and chemicals, his plans to diversify in real terms into other sectors in order to reduce dependency on those sectors. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 13 and 27 together. The Pharmaceutical and ICT sectors make a very significant contribution to the Irish economy in terms of export earnings and employment. The Medic...More Button

Written Answers - Enterprise Support Services

Was asked: the steps he is taking to support enterprise development in the midland and western regions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The role of Government is to create the conditions where enterprise, entrepreneurship and innovation can flourish and quality employment opportunities can be grown and maintained, and all of the actio...More Button

Written Answers - Intellectual Property

Was asked: the steps he is taking to promote Irish owned business to apply for patents and safeguard intellectual property rights. More Button

Written Answers - Employment Rights

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the case of workers in the Jane Norman chain who were ejected from their jobs in an almost identical manner to that which occurred in the La Senza chain, when the c...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the case of workers in the Jane Norman chain who were ejected from their jobs in an almost identical manner to that which occurred in the La Senza chain, when the c...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 17 and 26 together. Inspectors of the National Employment Rights Authority (NERA), following complaints, called to all of the Jane Norman stores and concessions operat...More Button

Written Answers - Redundancy Payments

Was asked: if he will detail the responsibilities in place to ensure that businesses maintain enough funds to cover liabilities arising from redundancies. More Button

Responsibility for the operation of the statutory Redundancy Payments Scheme falls within the remit of the Minister for Social Protection and the legislation governing that scheme does not fall within...More Button

Written Answers - Industrial Development

Was asked: if he will detail his plans to ensure job retention and creation in the pharmaceutical sector in view of the fact that a series of major patents come to an end in the coming year. More Button

Over many years, Ireland’s pharmaceutical strategy has been to win leading company investment and to diversify the breath of operations over multiproduct sites including associated services and develo...More Button

Written Answers - Job Creation

Was asked: the work he has done in order to ensure that grant funding for job creation addresses regional disparities. More Button

Job creation is at the top of the Government’s agenda. Since we came into office, we have been working hard to create the improved economic conditions which will support the maintenance of existing j...More Button

Was asked: his estimate of the number of jobs created by the jobs initiative in 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the total number of positions created in the course of the various jobs initiatives in the past 12 months to date in 2012; the degree to which further positive measures can be identified; and if ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 22 and 107 together. Job creation is at the top of the Government’s agenda. Since we came into office, we have been working hard to create the improved economic condi...More Button

Written Answers - National Asset Management Agency

Was asked: if he will advocate for changes to the National Asset Management Agency legislation in order to assign workers who lose their jobs preferential creditor status from the assets that NAMA holds. ...More Button

I will bring the Deputy’s suggestion to the attention of both the Minister for Finance who has responsibility for National Asset Management Agency legislation and the Minister for Social Protection wh...More Button

Written Answers - Job Protection

Was asked: the steps he is taking to secure jobs at a site (details supplied) in Carrick-on-Shannon, County Leitrim; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As stated previously, my priority is that any decision taken by Bank of America will have minimal impact on employees at the Carrick on Shannon operation and ensure that jobs are maintained at the fac...More Button

Written Answers - Job Creation

Was asked: the total amount invested in job creation by the State in 2009, 2010 and 2011. More Button

Was asked: the total amount invested in job creation in 2009, 2010, 2011 and set aside for 2012. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 25 and 32 together. The role of the Government is not to create jobs, but rather to facilitate employment creation. Since coming into office, we have been working har...More Button

Written Answers - Commercial Rents

Was asked: the cost of upward only rent reviews to the economy in terms of job creation and retention. More Button

Was asked: the degree to which he and/or his Department has identified upward only rent reviews as a cause of job losses in the commercial sector; the extent to which the issue can be addressed as a means o...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 29 and 100 together. Policy responsibility for upward-only rent reviews comes within the remit of the Minister for Justice and Equality, Deputy Alan Shatter. I do not...More Button

Written Answers - Industrial Development

Was asked: his strategy to reduce the economy’s dependency on multinational enterprises; and the times scales of each element of its implementation. More Button

Multi National Enterprises are a very significant component of the Irish enterprise sector and will continue to play an important role in our economy. IDA Multi National client companies support over...More Button

Written Answers - Enterprise Support Services

Was asked: if he will detail the enterprise development support that he offers to young persons under the age of 25 years and to women. More Button

Support for micro-enterprises, small businesses and new start-ups is provided by my Department through the wide range of assistance offered by the County and City Enterprise Boards (CEBs) and Enterpri...More Button

Written Answers - North-South Co-operation

Was asked: if he will detail the steps he has taken to support business and innovations networks along the Border and on a North-South basis; and his plans to advocate for an enhanced role for InterTrade Ir...More Button

Was asked: if he will detail the contact he has had with his colleagues on the Northern Executive to promote an all-Ireland enterprise and innovation strategy; and if he will further detail the joint initia...More Button

Was asked: if he will support proposals to place jobs, enterprise and innovation as a new sector under the North South Ministerial Council. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 34, 36 and 46 together. During 2011, I attended the Trade and Business North South Ministerial Council, which I chaired, and two meetings of the North South Plenary b...More Button

Written Answers - Enterprise Support Services

Was asked: his plans to develop the micro enterprise incubation units over the coming four years. More Button

The Campus Incubation Centre Programme is delivered by Enterprise Ireland and supports the development of projects at the micro-enterprise stage. Over the last 15 years, funding of approximately €55 ...More Button

Written Answers - Public Procurement

Was asked: the changes he has advocated to ensure that small and indigenous businesses can benefit from Government procurement. More Button

Written Answers - Economic Competitiveness

Was asked: the fact that the cost base is one of the determinates of our competitiveness, if he will detail the work he has promoted to reduce the costs of borrowing and rental costs to small business inclu...More Button

The cost base of doing business is one of the key issues which determines Ireland’s national and international competitiveness. Through actions already taken in the Jobs Initiative and the recent Bud...More Button

Written Answers - Job Protection

Was asked: the steps he is taking to safeguard jobs at Spicer’s Bakery, Navan, County Meath. More Button

While I am informed that the company in question is not an enterprise development agency assisted company, I am most concerned to hear about these potential job losses in Navan. I fully appreciate th...More Button

Written Answers - Job Creation

Was asked: the actions that he is taking to promote new business starts-ups for the long-term unemployed. More Button

This Government is fully committed to its role of facilitating employment creation. Since coming into office, we have been working hard to create the improved economic conditions which will support t...More Button

Written Answers - Enterprise Support Services

Was asked: the jobs to euro ratio of State investment through each of the State’s enterprise development organisations. More Button

As part of the Forfás Annual Employment Survey, the overall cost per job is calculated each year by reference to the cost of jobs created during, and sustained at the end of, a seven-year period. The ...More Button

Written Answers - Job Creation

Was asked: the specific initiatives that he has implemented and planned to create jobs amongst the sectors most hit by the recession, in respect of former self-employed citizens, low skilled citizens and citiz...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the role of Government is not to create jobs directly, but to create the appropriate business environment by making the right policy decisions to help enterprise to grow, ...More Button

Was asked: if, having regard to the economic performance over the past 12 months, he has identified particular areas of the economy as having the ability to expand and respond more rapidly in the current econo...More Button

Was asked: if he will indicate, based on the economic performance over the past 12 months, the degree to which he has identified specific areas showing the greatest potential for job creation; and if he will m...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which his Department has identified through engagement with traditional or indigenous enterprise, possible job creating prospects for the future with particular reference to enterprise...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which, through his contacts with various stakeholders, he has identified the factors most likely to seriously affect job retention or creation over the next four years; the measures he...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 43 and 102 to 104, inclusive, together. I am currently finalising an Action Plan for Jobs for Government approval which will set out a series of clear actionable meas...More Button

Written Answers - Economic Competitiveness

Was asked: the extent to which he and his Department have examined the potential for the utilisation of innovation and technology throughout the manufacturing and service sectors with a view to achieving incre...More Button

My Department, and the relevant State Agencies under its remit, have a clear focus on the development and support of manufacturing and services firms in Ireland. In order that enterprises can be succe...More Button

Written Answers - County Enterprise Boards

Was asked: the county enterprise boards that are to be amalgamated as announced last December; the timeframe under which the proposed amalgamations are scheduled to take place; the detailed funding arrangement...More Button

The issue of restructuring the County and City Enterprise Boards (CEBs) is under consideration within my Department and various options have been considered. It is my intention, however, to ensure tha...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation

Was asked: the progress made to date in updating the Industrial and Provident Societies Act; the progress made to date to enshrine the co-operative principles set out by the International Co-operative Alliance...More Button

Was asked: the actions he is taking to recognise the 2012 international year of co-operatives; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 97 and 98 together. Last year, I secured the agreement of Government to draft legislation to ease the regulatory burden on co-operative societies and to make it easier...More Button

Written Answers - Job Creation

Was asked: the extent to which he and or his Department have monitored the number of jobs created on a monthly basis across the economy in each of the past two years to date; the extent of jobs lost for whatev...More Button

Data on the levels of employment in the economy is compiled by the Central Statistics Office on a quarterly basis through their Quarterly National Household Survey. This survey measures the total numb...More Button

Written Answers - Job Losses

Was asked: the extent to which he has identified the ten most commonly given reasons for job losses in the manufacturing, services and commercial sectors; the extent to which he expects to address such issues ...More Button

In general terms, business decline, resulting in job losses, often arises due to a combination of issues affecting the long-term viability of a company, rather than a singular difficulty. In this cont...More Button

Written Answers - Job Creation

Was asked: the number of jobs created through the use of modern technology and innovation in each of the past 12 months to date in 2012; the number of jobs lost in this sector in the same period; and if he wil...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which Irish firms have accessed and benefitted from innovation and technology assistance directly or indirectly on a monthly basis in each of the past two years to date in 2012; and if...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which job creation opportunities through innovation and technology have been identified throughout the various employment creative sectors; the extent to which these opportunities are ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 105, 106 and 108 together. The Government is determined to address the jobs crisis in a real way. If we are to create the numbers of jobs we need we must build aggres...More Button


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