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Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Small and Medium Enterprises (14 Jul 2020)

Cormac Devlin: 19. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation his plans to enable SMEs to return to capacity in circumstances in which it is possible; and his further plans to strengthen the resilience, productivity and innovation of SMEs. [15818/20]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Small and Medium Enterprises (14 Jul 2020)

Cormac Devlin: Covid-19 has fundamentally changed Ireland's social and economic landscape. At the end of 2019 almost 2.3 million people were at work. Today approximately 1 million people are on some form of income support. We knew that reigniting our economy after the Covid shutdown would present significant challenges. The message from small businesses, though, is clear. They want supports. They do...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Small and Medium Enterprises (14 Jul 2020)

Leo Varadkar: I thank Deputy Devlin for raising this important question. As Tánaiste and Minister with responsibility for enterprise, trade and employment, I am committed to playing my part to get businesses reopened and to provide grant aid, advice and access to finance as we work to get businesses open and people back to work. A crucial part of this work will involve getting our SMEs back to...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Small and Medium Enterprises (14 Jul 2020)

Cormac Devlin: I welcome and support the initiatives announced to date. They have been much needed by the businesses the Tánaiste speaks of. I also welcome and support the July stimulus package. I reiterate, however, the difference between the grant aid scheme and the loan scheme. Equally, I ask the Tánaiste to focus on the under 25s. Approximately 250,000 people aged under 25 are unemployed,...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Small and Medium Enterprises (14 Jul 2020)

Leo Varadkar: As for moving to phase 4 and allowing pubs and, I think, nightclubs, casinos and a few other entertainment businesses to reopen, it is likely a decision on this will be made by the Cabinet tomorrow evening, following advice from NPHET. I cannot yet say whether the decision will be in the affirmative or the negative, but it will be made most likely tomorrow evening at our Cabinet meeting....

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Small and Medium Enterprises (14 Jul 2020)

Cormac Devlin: Yes. It is important there is a balance between the two. I wish to reiterate and focus on the fact that it is estimated that 2.1 million people will return to work. That is approximately 90% of the pre-Covid number of people in employment. That 90% has presented and, I have no doubt, will present challenges over the coming months, but the 10% who are expected not to return to work must...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Small and Medium Enterprises (14 Jul 2020)

Leo Varadkar: I hope that Deputy Devlin is correct and that 90% of people get back to work. I think he is correct that a proportion will not be able to return to their old jobs, if only because the companies they had been working for will not succeed or the sectors for which they were working will struggle. It is important we have alternatives for those people, whether new jobs in areas such as housing...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Covid-19 Pandemic Supports (14 Jul 2020)

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Covid-19 Pandemic Supports (14 Jul 2020)

John Lahart: 20. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if the review of the business restart grant has commenced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15800/20]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Covid-19 Pandemic Supports (14 Jul 2020)

John Lahart: The question concerns the restart grant. It was launched with a fund of €250 million, as the Tánaiste will be aware, on 22 May. It was devised in recognition of the fact that some small and medium-sized companies and microbusinesses were particularly vulnerable to the economic effects of the pandemic. The programme for Government pledged a review of the grant, which I welcome...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Covid-19 Pandemic Supports (14 Jul 2020)

Leo Varadkar: The restart grant was launched on 22 May and is a critically important tool to assist small businesses in reopening their doors. Grant payments range from a minimum of €2,000 to a maximum of €10,000. The scheme was devised in recognition of the fact that microbusinesses and small businesses were and are particularly vulnerable to the economic effects of Covid-19. Using...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Covid-19 Pandemic (14 Jul 2020)

Louise O'Reilly: On 11 June, the European Parliament took a decision to include Covid-19 in the definition of biological hazard as encompassed by the biological hazards directive. It would seem, therefore, that the decision has already been taken at European level. It is a very simple request - that the Minister of State make the necessary amendment to regulation 224 of the safety, health and welfare at...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Covid-19 Pandemic (14 Jul 2020)

Damien English: Every effort is being made to protect workers through the back to work protocols. That is an absolute guarantee. It is likewise in the health service. With regard to the changes and the biological agents regulations, this does not impact the reporting of Covid-19. The reporting requirements in the regulations require that the HSA be notified immediately of any accident or incident which...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions (14 Jul 2020)

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Co-operative Sector (14 Jul 2020)

Co-operative Sector

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Co-operative Sector (14 Jul 2020)

Catherine Connolly: 18. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation his plans to review and strengthen the co-operative legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15761/20]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Co-operative Sector (14 Jul 2020)

Catherine Connolly: Baineann mo cheist leis an co-operative movement. I am not sure if the Tánaiste is replying to this question, but what plans has he to review and strengthen the co-operative sector? I ask this against a background of many promises and reports stretching over 60 years. The legislation in this area dates back to the 19th century, with one amendment to it in the 20th century. What steps...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Co-operative Sector (14 Jul 2020)

Robert Troy: I will reply to this question. The Industrial and Provident Societies Acts 1893 to 2018 provide the statutory regulatory basis for the formation and general operation of industrial and provident societies, primarily co-operatives, in Ireland. The current legislative framework is largely Victorian statutory code incorporating a number of antiquated provisions. Following a root and branch...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Co-operative Sector (14 Jul 2020)

Catherine Connolly: I do not have a copy of the reply to hand, which makes it a little awkward to respond to the Minister of State. I welcome the fact that the heads of the scheme will be published. Forgive my cynicism, however, as I go back over 60 years of promise after promise. Following a suggestion from Mr. Lemass, a report was published in 1964. We move forward to a report in 1986, 20 years later, and...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Co-operative Sector (14 Jul 2020)

Robert Troy: The Deputy spoke about a history of 60 years, but I am not 60 days in this role. I have said that a substantial body of work has already been undertaken. The Deputy rightly referred to the Private Members' Bill that went through the Dáil in 2018. It was referred to the committee on business and enterprise and the committee conducted a review and produced a report on the Bill. That...

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