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Written Answers — Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Brexit Preparations (11 Jul 2019)

Heather Humphreys: I propose to take Questions Nos. 400, 422. Since the June 2016 decision of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, my Department and its agencies have worked to put a wide range of Brexit supports in place for businesses. The package of Brexit supports encompasses finance, advisory and awareness. DBEI’s focus is on helping firms to improve their competitiveness and...

Written Answers — Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Cyber Security Protocols (11 Jul 2019)

Heather Humphreys: My Department has not had a cybersecurity breach in the past 12 months. In line with best practice my Department adopts a defence in depth approach to cybersecurity protection with a combination of technological controls and processes in place. These controls include policies and practices on system patching and upgrades, penetration testing of internet facing systems, and good practice...

Written Answers — Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Local Enterprise Offices Data (11 Jul 2019)

Heather Humphreys: There are 31 Local Enterprise Office (LEOs) located across the Local Authority network in Ireland. The LEOs are the ‘first-stop-shop’ for advice and guidance, financial assistance and other supports for anyone intending to start or grow a business. In respect to my Department, there are 5 DBEI officials with specific LEO Liaison Unit responsibilities comprising one Principal...

Written Answers — Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Fire Safety Regulations (11 Jul 2019)

Heather Humphreys: I propose to take Questions Nos. 403 and 404 together. In the area of furniture fire safety, there are no harmonised EU standards. The Irish standards and regulations were introduced to protect consumers by preventing the rapid spread of a fire started on or near furniture. These standards are in line with those introduced in the UK, which is particularly relevant given the cross-border...

Written Answers — Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Brexit Preparations (11 Jul 2019)

Heather Humphreys: While the nature of the UK's departure from the EU still remains to be determined, Brexit continues to represent a significant challenge for businesses in Ireland. That is why my Department and its agencies have put in place extensive supports, schemes and advisory resources to ensure that businesses are prepared for Brexit. While we cannot yet know the form that Brexit will take, these...

Written Answers — Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Brexit Data (11 Jul 2019)

Heather Humphreys: I propose to take Questions Nos. 406 and 443 together. As nature of the UK's departure from the EU still remains to be determined, Brexit continues to represent a significant challenge for businesses in Ireland, one which cannot be underestimated. That is why my Department and its agencies have put in place extensive supports, schemes and advisory resources to ensure that to ensure that...

Written Answers — Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Living Wage (11 Jul 2019)

Heather Humphreys: Remuneration for staff within my Department is set by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in line with Government policy. I have no remit in this area. With regard to the Deputy's specific question, please see calculations set out below. The additional salary cost to the Department of introducing a minimum hourly rate of €12.30 per hour for directly employed staff is...

Written Answers — Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Departmental Data (11 Jul 2019)

Heather Humphreys: Several of the Department’s Offices, such as the Companies Registration Office, the Patents Office and the Employment Permits area of the Department provide services to the public with a fee generation element.  These fee charges are to cover the economic cost of the State providing the service to the public. These fee charges are recorded as Appropriations-in-Aid...

Written Answers — Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Project Ireland 2040 (11 Jul 2019)

Heather Humphreys: I propose to take Questions Nos. 409 to 411, inclusive, together. Project Ireland 2040 is the overarching policy and planning framework for the social, economic and cultural development of the country. Its foundation is the National Planning Framework (NPF) and it includes a detailed investment plan for the period 2018-2027. Project Ireland 2040, in highlighting the employment challenge, has...

Written Answers — Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Capital Expenditure Programme (11 Jul 2019)

Heather Humphreys: I propose to take Questions Nos. 412 and 413 together. The Capital funding provided to my Department is mainly in the way of grants to support the multi-annual programmes of our enterprise development and innovation agencies.  The following table sets out the breakdown of the capital allocation across my Department’s subheads from 2011-2019. Due to a change in the Vote...

Written Answers — Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Brexit Staff (11 Jul 2019)

Heather Humphreys: With regard to my own Department, a dedicated Brexit Unit was established in 2016 and is led at Assistant Secretary level within the EU Affairs, Trade Policy and Licensing Division, to coordinate and represent the Departmental and Agencies response to Brexit and to support me in my position at the Cabinet Committee dealing with Brexit. The Unit also leads on engagement with a broad range...

Written Answers — Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Brexit Data (11 Jul 2019)

Heather Humphreys: As the nature of the UK's departure from the EU still remains to be determined, Brexit continues to represent a significant challenge for businesses in Ireland, one which cannot be underestimated. That is why my Department started developing supports for businesses from the time when Brexit first became a possibility. My Department and its agencies have put in place extensive supports,...

Written Answers — Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Employment Data (11 Jul 2019)

Heather Humphreys: My Department is fully aware of the importance of maintaining and increasing employment rates in the labour market. Particularly, as we draw closer to full employment, it is essential we continue to provide enterprise in Ireland with a high-quality, adaptable and flexible talent pool. My Department closely monitors the trends in labour market employment rates. As of Q1 2019, the employment...

Written Answers — Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Enterprise Data (11 Jul 2019)

Heather Humphreys: Enterprise Ireland supports companies in urban and rural areas to start, innovate and remain competitive in international markets, now and into the future. Enterprise Ireland client exports reached €23.8bn in 2018, representing an increase of 6% on 2017. Enterprise Ireland client company exports increased in 2018 across sectors such as FinTech, Digital Technologies, Engineering,...

Written Answers — Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Enterprise Data (11 Jul 2019)

Heather Humphreys: Table 1 shows the number of goods exporting enterprises and the total number of active enterprises in Ireland for the years 2015-2017 as sourced from the CSO. It also shows the ratio of goods exporting enterprises to all active enterprises for these years. The ratio of goods exporting enterprises to total enterprises was 3.7% in 2015, 3.5% in 2016 and 3.5% in 2017. Data for 2018 and 2019 are...

Written Answers — Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Enterprise Support Schemes (11 Jul 2019)

Heather Humphreys: At the outset, I want to assure the Deputy that my Department and its Agencies are working proactively with Brexit exposed firms to support their contingency planning and business transformation investments in order to help them prepare for the potential impacts of Brexit, to protect jobs and to build resilience so that enterprises do not reach the stage where they need rescue and...

Written Answers — Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Brexit Supports (11 Jul 2019)

Heather Humphreys: The Brexit Loan Scheme provides affordable working capital to eligible businesses with up to 499 employees that are or will be Brexit impacted and which meet the scheme criteria. The €23 million exchequer funding (€14 million from my Department and €9 million from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine) has been leveraged to provide a fund of up to €300...

Written Answers — Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Enterprise Support Schemes (11 Jul 2019)

Heather Humphreys: The Future Growth Loan Scheme makes up to €300 million worth of loans available with a term of eight to ten years and is open to eligible Irish businesses, as well as the primary agriculture and seafood sectors, to support strategic long-term investment. Finance provided under the scheme is competitively priced and has favourable terms, for example, no security is required for loans up...

Written Answers — Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Economic Growth Initiatives (11 Jul 2019)

Heather Humphreys: On 10 March 2019, I, along with the Taoiseach and the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, launchedFuture Jobs Ireland 2019: Preparing Now for Tomorrow's Economy.This whole-of-Government framework, which forms a key part of Ireland’s economic agenda over the medium term, aims to ensure our enterprises and workers are resilient and prepared for future challenges and...

Written Answers — Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: European Council Meetings (11 Jul 2019)

Heather Humphreys: The discussions at the informal EU Competitiveness Council, which took place on 5th July, were on the theme of sustainable growth. Ministers focussed on integrating the single market, the digital economy and a modern industrial policy. In the afternoon, the Council discussed smart solutions for a competitive and climate neutral Europe. Trade matters are discussed by a different Council...

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