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OECD Report on SME and Entrepreneurship Policy in Ireland: Statements (10 Dec 2019)

Michael Collins: I do not know how I will follow that. I welcome the opportunity to speak on this matter. As we know, SMEs are a critical part of the Irish economy. The OECD report tells us, "There were approximately 250 000 active enterprises in Ireland in 2016." It states that SMEs make up as much as 56% of manufacturing employment and 74% of services employment in Ireland. Unfortunately, however,...

OECD Report on SME and Entrepreneurship Policy in Ireland: Statements (10 Dec 2019)

Brendan Smith: I welcome the opportunity to make a short contribution on this important report. My colleagues, Deputies Troy and Scanlon, dealt with some of the details of the report earlier. I wish to refer specifically to the needs of the Border region. Through parliamentary questions and other debates in this House, we have discussed the particular challenges facing small and medium-sized enterprises...

OECD Report on SME and Entrepreneurship Policy in Ireland: Statements (10 Dec 2019)

Heather Humphreys: I thank all the Deputies who spoke, particularly those who had very constructive contributions. To respond to Deputy Brendan Smith, I fully understand, as he does, the difficulties Border businesses face in the context of Brexit. We have been working very hard in the Border region to provide all the supports and information we can. We have had a number of meetings in the Border counties...

OECD Report on SME and Entrepreneurship Policy in Ireland: Statements (10 Dec 2019)

Thomas Pringle: I welcome the opportunity to contribute to the debate on the OECD report. It is interesting that in Ireland, the idea of an SME among members of the public is not an enterprise with up to 250 people employed. In the Donegal context, that would be looked on as a very large employer. When we talk about this, we should talk about small enterprises because that is the reality in rural Ireland....

OECD Report on SME and Entrepreneurship Policy in Ireland: Statements (10 Dec 2019)

Mattie McGrath: I wish to share time with Deputy Michael Collins.

OECD Report on SME and Entrepreneurship Policy in Ireland: Statements (10 Dec 2019)

Declan Breathnach: Is that agreed? Agreed.

OECD Report on SME and Entrepreneurship Policy in Ireland: Statements (10 Dec 2019)

Mattie McGrath: I am happy to speak on this matter. SMEs are a critical part of our overall economy, as the Minister said. While corporation taxes and the high visibility of the multinationals get almost all of the attention, it is our SMEs that generate most of the work in this country. SMEs are particularly important for the labour market in Ireland, no more so than in the Minister's county of Monaghan....

OECD Report on SME and Entrepreneurship Policy in Ireland: Statements (10 Dec 2019)

Tommy Broughan: I am delighted to have the opportunity to speak briefly on the OECD report on SME and entrepreneurship policy in Ireland. I welcome that it has been put before the Dáil. Hopefully, the Minister will move forward quickly and publish her unified strategy document for the future. Small and medium-sized enterprises are a vital part of our economy and employ over 70% of the workforce of...

OECD Report on SME and Entrepreneurship Policy in Ireland: Statements (10 Dec 2019)

Maurice Quinlivan: The OECD report highlights how vital SMEs are to our economy, outlining the fact that 92% of enterprises operating here had fewer than ten employees, which shows that microbusinesses are the engine of our economy. However, one would not know this from the approach of Ministers, who focuses all their attention on cutting big ribbons at multinational headquarters. Multinational investment...

OECD Report on SME and Entrepreneurship Policy in Ireland: Statements (10 Dec 2019)

Jan O'Sullivan: I welcome the opportunity to discuss this quite large but important report from the OECD. We need the recommendations to be implemented. I welcome the fact that the Minister intends to publish her plans soon. Could she define what "soon" is? We are all aware that we may not be in the current Dáil for all that much longer and it is important that this be addressed. By and large,...

OECD Report on SME and Entrepreneurship Policy in Ireland: Statements (10 Dec 2019)

Eamon Scanlon: I should state at the outset that I own a small business and have a good understanding of how small businesses operate in this country. I welcome the fact that the Minister will roll out the red carpet for SMEs. It is hard to believe that over 1 million people are employed in the SME sector in Ireland. We must see full tax equalisation for the self-employed, with PAYE credits. We must...

OECD Report on SME and Entrepreneurship Policy in Ireland: Statements (10 Dec 2019)

Imelda Munster: This OECD report outlines serious deficits in this Government's policies vis-à-visthe SME sector. It draws attention to the fact that our over-reliance on foreign direct investment, FDI, has led to disparities in regional development. Our tax system is also over-reliant on a small number of multinational corporations, with 45% of the total corporation tax take in 2018 coming from just...

OECD Report on SME and Entrepreneurship Policy in Ireland: Statements (10 Dec 2019)

Robert Troy: I welcome the opportunity to contribute and thank my colleague, Deputy Michael Moynihan, who pushed it at the Business Committee to ensure the OECD report would be debated here. I welcome the Minister’s statement that she is going to start listening to SMEs. She acknowledged that she felt they have not been listened to and said she will extend the red carpet to them. It is worthy...

OECD Report on SME and Entrepreneurship Policy in Ireland: Statements (10 Dec 2019)

Heather Humphreys: I did not say that. The Deputy was not listening.

OECD Report on SME and Entrepreneurship Policy in Ireland: Statements (10 Dec 2019)

Robert Troy: We can go back to the Official Report of the Dáil. The Minister said months. This Government may not have months to publish this. It is coming belatedly, after nine years in government and failure to produce a comprehensive strategy. Many pre-budget submissions by ISME and SFA have called for reform of our research and development regime. The OECD report points out that between 2011...

Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2019: Report and Final Stages (10 Dec 2019)

Denis Naughten: The Minister has me put on the back foot in that he has accepted the suggestion I put to him recently on the fees for minor injury units and urgent care centres. I welcome that most positive development, which shows the direction we should be taking in terms of accessing healthcare. I was in this House when the whole issue of community rating was crumbling around us and we were obliged to...

Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2019: Report and Final Stages (10 Dec 2019)

Mattie McGrath: I support Deputy Naughten. I also am concerned that a particular insurance company would sell these policies. People are presenting at a hospital and they are not being covered. We have the same situation in South Tipperary General Hospital as that in Roscommon. It may be unintended but there are all kinds of issues around insurance. Surveys have shown that only 22% of people ever change...

Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2019: Report and Final Stages (10 Dec 2019)

Simon Harris: I thank Deputy Naughten for the constructive way in which he has engaged on this matter. We do listen in this House when good suggestions come forward such as that on the minor injury units. We will have that statutory instrument formalised in the coming days. It is currently with the drafters. I hope to be in a position to sign it by next week. On the reviewing of the regulations, I...

Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2019: Report and Final Stages (10 Dec 2019)

Denis Naughten: In light of the Minister's response and in light of his response on the minor injuries units, I will accept his proposal. I do not know who will be sitting in the Minister's seat this time next year.

Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2019: Report and Final Stages (10 Dec 2019)

Simon Harris: It might be Deputy Naughten.

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