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Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Enterprise Support Services (14 Jul 2020)

Sitting suspended at 6.15 p.m. and resumed at 6.35 p.m.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Brexit Preparations (14 Jul 2020)

Bernard Durkan: I thank the Tánaiste for his comprehensive reply. To what degree are he and his Department pursuing the alternative markets that are currently emerging and which might become available, with a view to identifying the best possible options as we proceed? Given that it is in the interests of businesses to keep costs as low as possible, to what extent is the Tánaiste satisfied that...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Brexit Preparations (14 Jul 2020)

Leo Varadkar: Diversifying our economy in order that over time, it becomes less and less dependent on trade with Britain is an enormous part of our work, not just in the Department and the Government as a whole but also for the trade section of my Department, Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland. If one looks back far enough, Britain was once our only significant trading partner and it now makes up about...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Brexit Preparations (14 Jul 2020)

Bernard Durkan: In the Tánaiste's experience, has the UK's position softened in any way as we approach the end of the year or has it hardened? To what extent does he expect the UK's attitude to impact on the final analysis of our particular economic situation?

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Brexit Preparations (14 Jul 2020)

Leo Varadkar: I do not know. I have not had the chance to speak to my new counterpart, Alok Sharma, yet but I intend to do so in the next week or two. Based on the experience I have had with Brexit negotiations up until now, I think there will be a deal but that it will come late in the day, maybe as late as October, November or December. That is why we once again have to prepare for the risk of a...

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)

Louise O'Reilly: 26. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if funding loaned or granted under schemes offered to assist businesses due to Covid-19 will be made contingent on businesses which have not been tax compliant becoming tax compliant within a certain short timeframe, on businesses fulfilling Labour Court recommendations and on businesses with outstanding cases at the Workplace...

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

Louise O'Reilly: This is another fairly straightforward question. While I do not imagine for a minute that the answer will be easy or straightforward, it is something that should be investigated by the Department and should form part of the discussions around both the July stimulus and other measures as we move forward. As the Minister said, this is only the first foray and then there will be more measures...

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

Damien English: The key focus of any grant, assistance around lending or other help provided to businesses to cope with the Covid-19 crisis is sustaining jobs and vulnerable but viable businesses. We referred to this last week. Our number one focus is helping businesses to survive and keep their doors open and then to thrive thereafter as well. That is the main focus but there are links to tax compliance...

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

Louise O'Reilly: Earlier, when we were discussing the striking down by the courts of the sectoral employment order, SEO, the Tánaiste confirmed that those who were engaged on Government contracts would honour the terms of the SEO. We know that the Government knows how to respect workers' rights. The question is whether it is going to use the power it has to enforce them. I ask the Minister of State to...

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

Damien English: To be clear, the Tánaiste was referring to State and public contracts and we can deal with those under contract law. The Deputy asked me about our agencies, whose number one job has been helping businesses survive and stay open over these last few weeks and months. Only last week, the Deputy and many of her party colleagues were complaining that the application process for assistance...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Employment Rights (14 Jul 2020)

Bríd Smith: I agree that we need to appeal the decision in this case and robustly defend the right of the workers concerned to sectoral employment agreements. I do not agree that this Government and its predecessors have done their best to defend workers' rights. The Lockout more than 100 years ago was all about trade union recognition and we still do not have that in this country. Several Bills were...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Employment Rights (14 Jul 2020)

Damien English: A number of agencies are working with departmental officials to ensure workers' rights are protected and there is follow-through on all the legislation we introduce in this House. That is the focus of a lot of our work in the Department. The Deputy referred to a particular report. Our officials work through all such reports and bring forward any changes that are required on foot of them....

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Employment Rights (14 Jul 2020)

Question No. 23 withdrawn.

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

Small and Medium Enterprises

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

Jackie Cahill: 24. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the further grant supports for small and medium enterprises being considered by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15798/20]

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

Jackie Cahill: In light of the passing last week of the Microenterprise Loan Fund (Amendment) Bill 2020, will the Tánaiste set out the Government's plan to provide further supports to small and medium enterprises countrywide to aid them in their recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic?

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

Leo Varadkar: I thank the Deputy for his question and for his interest in advocating on behalf of small business in his constituency and elsewhere. To assist businesses to overcome the unique and unprecedented challenges posed by Covid-19, the Government has put in place a package for firms that includes the wage subsidy scheme, direct grants, low-cost loans, the write-off of commercial rates and deferred...

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

Jackie Cahill: I thank the Tánaiste for his reply. There is a significant focus at the moment on the July stimulus package and a lot of SME owners are waiting very anxiously for it. Some sectors have been hit harder than others by the Covid-19 pandemic and they are particularly anxious to see what will be announced next week. Private bus operators, small retail outlets, boutique owners and many...

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

Leo Varadkar: I very much agree with the Deputy about the importance of the SME sector. In all parts of Ireland, large numbers of people are employed in small firms. When we talk about SMEs, people might not appreciate that we are talking about firms with up to 500 employees. A company with that number of employees is quite a large firm but it is technically an SME. We know that the public sector has...

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