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Written Answers — Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Energy Prices (14 Jul 2022)

Damien English: I propose to take Questions Nos. 173, 174 and 190 together. I wish to assure the deputy that the Government is very conscious of what the rise in global energy costs means for Irish businesses, particularly small enterprises and those with tight margins, including those in the hospitality sector. While electricity policy nationally is broadly the remit of the Minister for the Environment,...

Written Answers — Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Enterprise Policy (14 Jul 2022)

Damien English: I propose to take Questions Nos. 175 and 193 together. The Government is very aware of the impact of rising prices on Irish businesses. As Chair of the Retail Forum, I have heard first-hand about the challenges which retail businesses, including food retailers, are facing. Energy costs are one of the prime factors in the increase in business costs. Given that Ireland is a price taker on...

Written Answers — Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Workplace Relations Commission (14 Jul 2022)

Damien English: Ireland’s system of industrial relations is essentially voluntary in nature. The role of the State has been to underpin a voluntarist system through the provision of a framework and institutions through which good industrial relations can prosper. This system has served us well over the decades. Adjudications carried out in the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) under the...

Written Answers — Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Intellectual Property (13 Jul 2022)

Damien English: Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) are one of the principal means through which companies, creators and inventors generate returns on their investment in research, innovation and creativity. IPRs are a crucial incentive for the development of new and innovative medicinal products, enabling the research and development necessary for the creation of many of today’s medicines and...

Written Answers — Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Departmental Schemes (12 Jul 2022)

Damien English: The Trading Online Voucher Scheme offers a voucher of up to €2,500 (with 50% co-funding by the applicant) to help businesses develop their online trading capability and includes training sessions that cover various topics, including developing a website, digital marketing, social media for business and search engine optimisation. The information provided will assist applicants in...

Written Answers — Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Work Permits (12 Jul 2022)

Damien English: Ireland’s employment permits system is designed to accommodate the arrival of non-EEA nationals to fill skills and labour gaps for the benefit of our economy, in the short to medium term, but this objective must be balanced by the need to ensure that there are no suitably qualified Irish/EEA nationals available to undertake the work and that the shortage is a genuine one. The...

Written Answers — Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Enterprise Support Services (12 Jul 2022)

Damien English: I wish to assure the deputy that the Government is very conscious of what the rise in global energy costs means for Irish businesses. Energy costs are one of the prime factors in the increase in business costs to which the deputy refers, and we have already implemented several measures to help ease the impact on enterprises of energy price increases including reductions in VAT and excise on...

Written Answers — Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Legislative Measures (12 Jul 2022)

Damien English: A Public Consultation Process on retired workers access to industrial relations mechanisms for pension related issues was recently conducted by my Department and concluded a number of weeks ago. The purpose of this was to seek views on the proposals arising from the Private Members Bill and to establish whether there is the potential for new or enhanced methods of consultation through the...

Written Answers — Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Enterprise Support Services (12 Jul 2022)

Damien English: The company in question has not received any mitigating aid towards carbon emission off-setting from Enterprise Ireland. Enterprise Ireland offers a number of measures to help businesses on their sustainability and carbon reduction journey. The Government recently launched the Enterprise Emissions Reduction Investment Fund which provides a capital investment for decarbonisation processes...

Written Answers — Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Workplace Relations Commission (7 Jul 2022)

Damien English: The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) is an independent, statutory body under the aegis of my Department. The WRC’s primary functions include the inspection of employment law compliance, the provision of information on employment law, mediation, adjudication, conciliation, facilitation, and advisory services. The WRC inspectorate subsumed the functions of the former National...

Written Answers — Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Workplace Relations Commission (7 Jul 2022)

Damien English: I propose to take Questions Nos. 153 and 154 together. The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) is an independent, statutory body under the aegis of my Department, established on 1st October 2015 under the Workplace Relations Act 2015. The WRC’s primary functions include the inspection of employment law compliance, the provision of information on employment law, mediation,...

Written Answers — Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Workplace Relations Commission (7 Jul 2022)

Damien English: The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) is an independent, statutory body under the aegis of my Department, established on 1st October 2015 under the Workplace Relations Act 2015. The WRC’s primary functions include the inspection of employment law compliance, the provision of information on employment law, mediation, adjudication, conciliation, facilitation, and advisory services....

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Work Permits (6 Jul 2022)

Damien English: The Employment Permits Section of my Department informs me that a standard General Employment Permit application for the person concerned (details supplied) was received on 12th May 2022. Applications for employment permits are dealt with in date order. The Employment Permits Section of my Department is currently processing standard new General Employment Permit applications received on 04...

Written Answers — Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Work Permits (5 Jul 2022)

Damien English: The Employment Permits Section of my Department informs me that an application has been received in respect of the person concerned, requesting a Stamp 4 support letter from the Department. In order to receive a Stamp 4 support letter from the Department, an individual is required to be in continuous employment in the State on a Critical Skills Employment Permit for a minimum...

Written Answers — Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Work Permits (5 Jul 2022)

Damien English: Ireland’s employment permits system is designed to accommodate the arrival of non-EEA nationals to fill skills and labour gaps for the benefit of our economy, in the short to medium term but this objective must be balanced by the need to ensure that there are no suitably qualified Irish/EEA nationals available to undertake the work and that the shortage is a genuine one. The system is...

Written Answers — Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Work Permits (30 Jun 2022)

Damien English: Ireland’s employment permits system is designed to accommodate the arrival of non-EEA nationals to fill skills and labour gaps for the benefit of our economy, in the short to medium term but this objective must be balanced by the need to ensure that there are no suitably qualified Irish/EEA nationals available to undertake the work and that the shortage is a genuine one. The system is...

Written Answers — Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Legislative Process (30 Jun 2022)

Damien English: As this Bill is a Private Members Bill, the timeframe in relation to its progress is a matter for the sponsoring Deputy.

Written Answers — Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Employment Rights (30 Jun 2022)

Damien English: The Code of Practice on the Right to Disconnect is operational since 31 March 2021 and is a best practice guide and template to remind employers of the statutory obligations around record keeping, the maximum average weekly working hours permitted for employees, and employees statutory rest period entitlements.  The Code is also aimed at ensuring workers are aware of their statutory...

Written Answers — Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Enterprise Support Services (29 Jun 2022)

Damien English: The Local Enterprise Offices act as a ‘First Stop Shop’ for business owners throughout the country providing advice and guidance, financial assistance, and offer a ‘signposting’ service for all government supports available. The Local Enterprise Offices can offer direct grant aid to microenterprises (10 employees or fewer) in the manufacturing and...

Written Answers — Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Industrial Relations (28 Jun 2022)

Damien English: The consultation process on the Retired Workers Access to industrial relations mechanisms for pension related issues which was conducted by my Department concluded a number of weeks ago. My Department officials have commenced the examination of submissions received. The outcome of the consultation will feed into the Government’s response to the proposals.

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