Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 18 November 2021

Public Accounts Committee

2020 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 32 - Enterprise, Trade and Employment
Chapter 6 - Covid-19 Restart Grant Schemes

9:30 am

Dr. Orlaigh Quinn:

I think it is higher than that but I do not want to nail the number now, when I do not have it specifically to hand. If we look at the growth in our agencies, we are now at 257,000 jobs in IDA companies and more than 230,000 jobs in Enterprise Ireland companies. They have been huge growth areas and, even with the pandemic, those numbers have gone up substantially since last year. I would say to the Deputy - again, without the data - that it would be a very high number in terms of retention.