Thursday, 5 March 2020
Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
455. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if Enterprise Ireland plans to merge its western and midlands regional structures into one new regional structure; if so, the reason for same; his views on whether this would reduce the impact of Enterprise Ireland in each region; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [3247/20]
Enterprise Ireland (EI) supports companies in urban and rural areas to start, innovate and remain competitive in international markets, now and into the future. In 2019, EI supported client companies employed 221,895 people nationally.
EI is committed to its Powering the Regions Plan, an overarching national plan underpinned by regional specific plans to grow and sustain jobs, and to expand the reach of the EI client base in every county and region in Ireland. The plan proposes six new national initiatives which aim to futureproof the regions through enhanced productivity and resilience, drive new entrepreneurship, develop urban centres of growth, support the expansion of scaling companies into the regions and attract foreign direct investment in the food sector.
EI currently has no plans to merge the Western and Midlands regional structures.