Written answers

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation

Job Creation

2:30 pm

Photo of Fergus O'DowdFergus O'Dowd (Louth, Fine Gael)
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Question 213: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the position regarding jobs created in County Louth in the past three years; the moneys invested by the State in each case; the number of jobs created; and the location of each project. [4474/11]

Photo of Fergus O'DowdFergus O'Dowd (Louth, Fine Gael)
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Question 214: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the capital expenditure by the job creating agencies in job creation for County Louth; the individual funding for each year since 2008 for Drogheda, Dundalk and Ardee; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [4475/11]

Photo of Fergus O'DowdFergus O'Dowd (Louth, Fine Gael)
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Question 215: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the number of jobs lost in County Louth in the past five years; the location of each; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [4476/11]

Photo of Fergus O'DowdFergus O'Dowd (Louth, Fine Gael)
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Question 216: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the number of visits made by all job creating agencies by location in County Louth for each year since 2008 to date in 2011 for the purpose of job creation; the priority allocated by the Industrial Development Agency to each such area; the land bank held in each area; the cost of same; if the land bank has been serviced and the cost of same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [4477/11]

Photo of Mary HanafinMary Hanafin (Minister, Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism; Minister, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation; Dún Laoghaire, Fianna Fail)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 213 to 216, inclusive, together.

Details of the figures for job created and lost in companies supported by Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland in Co. Louth for the period in question are set out in Tables A and B. As statistical information in relation to County Enterprise Boards is collated annually, figures in respect of 2010 are currently being collated and should be available within the first quarter of 2011. Statistical information on jobs existing in companies assisted by Louth County Enterprise Board in 2008 and 2009 is set out in Table C.

The Capital expenditure by Enterprise Ireland on Community Enterprise Centres for job creation in Co. Louth since 2008 is outlined in Table D.

Statistical information in relation to grants by Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland and Louth County Enterprise Board during 2008 and 2009 is set out in Table E.

Information in relation to grants paid by Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland in Co. Louth between 2008 and 2010 in respect of client companies in Drogheda, Dundalk and Ardee is set out in Table F.

Site visits from potential investors normally relate to projects which are mobile and, more often than not, are from overseas. The Enterprise Ireland and CEB portfolios of indigenous client companies are, of their nature, not very mobile, however, Enterprise Ireland has a remit for visiting itineraries for the food and natural resources sectors. In 2009, Enterprise Ireland facilitated one site visit to Co. Louth by a company in the food sector. This company made a decision in 2010 to open a production facility on the Finnabair Business Park, Dundalk. In 2010, the agency facilitated a site visit from an Irish company that wished to expand. The company was shown buildings in Cavan, Drogheda and Dundalk but has not yet made a decision as to its preferred location. In 2010, the agency facilitated a food company interested in locating to Co. Louth. The company was shown sites and buildings in Drogheda and Dundalk, and is expected to make a decision this month regarding its preferred location.

The number of site visits by IDA Ireland client companies to Co. Louth amounted to 23 in 2008; 29 in 2009; 18 in 2010 and 2 so far, in 2011.

There is a total of 250 acres of land available in Co. Louth as follows:

·150 acres at Mullagharlin, Dundalk (Dundalk Science & Technology

Park);

·20 acres available in Finnabair Business Park, Dundalk with a €5m

contract completed to bring the park to "flagship" standard;

·Site development works on IDA's new 63 acre Business & Technology

Park in Drogheda has been completed;

·2.5 acres at Marley's Lane, Drogheda.

The buildings which are owned or being marketed by IDA in the County are:

·3 x 30,000 sq. ft. offices completed during 2006 at Finnabair Business Park with approximately 50,000 sq ft occupied (some temporary);

·There is 60,000 sq ft available in Drogheda in various configurations;

·Approximately 250,000 sq ft still available in the former Xerox complex in

Dundalk;

·Incubator units available in the Regional Development Centre, DKIT

Campus, Dundalk;

·A variety of good quality units, both office and potentially manufacturing

are available in The Brewery Business Park (formerly McArdles Brewery).

The capital spend by IDA in the Louth area from 2008 to 2010 for site development amounted to €4,099,925.

Table A

Jobs created by Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland client companies in Co. Louth
200820092010
Enterprise Ireland447318258
IDA Ireland1213472

Table B

Jobs lost in Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland client companies in Co. Louth
20062007200820092010
Enterprise Ireland239363635883524
IDA Ireland287172433277337

Table C

Louth County Enterprise Board(*Based on CEB Annual Employment Survey)20082009
Number of jobs existing in CEB-supported companies*1,212.50973.50

Table D

Capital expenditure by Enterprise Ireland on Community Enterprise Centres in County Louth since 2008 to assist with job creation
Name of Enterprise CentreStatus of ProjectAmount PaidScheme Approved Under
Louth Craftmark Enterprise CentreDue to commence 1st Quarter 2011€25,000CEC 2007-20092nd Round

Table E

Enterprise Agencies and CEB Grants Paid in Co. Louth
Grant Paid200820092010
IDA Ireland€1,245,000€282,900€310,000
Enterprise Ireland€1,979,237€5,750,297€6,411,017
CEB€738,323€619,296-

Table F

Grants by the Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland (€)
IDA Ireland Payments by Town 2008IDA Ireland Payments by Town 2009IDA Ireland Payments by Town 2010Enterprise Ireland Payments by Town 2008Enterprise Ireland Payments by Town 2009Enterprise Ireland Payments by Town 2010
Drogheda€1,005,000€52,900€130,000€478,507€1.6 m€1.5 m
Dundalk€240,000€230,000€180,000€855,720€2.5 m€3.2 m
Ardee000€492,750€758,495€489,438

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