Written answers

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment

Departmental Data

Photo of Holly CairnsHolly Cairns (Cork South West, Social Democrats)
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30. To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the number of State boards under the remit of his Department or its agencies in tabular form; the number of members of each board; the number of women on each board; and the percentage of each board that is made up of women. [49557/21]

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Dublin West, Fine Gael)
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There are nine State Boards under the remit of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, and one Commission (the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission).

Gender balance at board and senior leadership levels in Irish companies is a policy priority for my Department. The policy approach to date has focused on driving culture change in businesses, supported by voluntary targets, which are set and monitored by Balance for Better Business. Balance for better Business is an independent business-led Review Group, established by the Government to improve gender balance in senior leadership in Ireland, and supported by my Department. Enterprise Ireland also play an important role through their Action Plan for Women in Business, launched in 2020.

The information requested by the Deputy is listed below in tabular form:

State Board/Agency Number of Members on Board Number of Woman on Board % Woman on Board
Enterprise Ireland 12 (2 vacancies, appointments to be made shortly) 4 33.33%
Health and Safety Authority 12 5 42%
Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority (IAASA) 9 3 33.33%
Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) 10 6 60%
IDA Ireland 10 4 40%
National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) 12 7 58%
Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) 9 (7 vacancies, appointments to be made shortly) 1 11%
Low Pay Commission

(LPC)
9 (6 vacancies, appointments to be made shortly) 2 22%
Intertrade Ireland (ITI) 12 (1 vacancy, one female Board member resigned in May) 2 17%

Photo of Pa DalyPa Daly (Kerry, Sinn Fein)
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31. To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the number of in-person and e-visits made by the IDA to each county in quarters 1, 2 and 3 of 2021, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49611/21]

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Dublin West, Fine Gael)
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In response to COVID 19, the IDA migrated many of its business development and client engagement activities to digital platforms. The Agency has developed a suite of digital content and put in place an E-Site Visit experience which can be accessed by potential investors.

As the Deputy will be aware, regional development is a priority in the IDA's new Strategy to 2024, with the aim of winning 400 investments for regional locations.

The numbers of in-person site visits and e- site visits made during Quarter 1 and Quarter 2 are set out in the table below. Figures for Quarter 3 site visits are not yet available.

County E-visits To end Q2 2021 In person Visits To end Q2 2021
Carlow 1 0
Cavan 1 0
Clare 12 0
Cork 20 0
Donegal 1 0
Dublin 74 0
Galway 16 0
Kerry 1 0
Kildare 3 0
Kilkenny 1 0
Laois 2 0
Leitrim 0 0
Limerick 19 0
Longford 0 0
Louth 4 0
Mayo 1 0
Meath 0 0
Monaghan 0 0
Offaly 3 0
Roscommon 1 0
Sligo 3 0
Tipperary 6 0
Waterford 0 3
Westmeath 15 0
Wexford 1 0
Wicklow 1 0
Total 186 3

Potential clients visiting Ireland may visit more than one county and may return to a location more than once. These figures represent individual visits and are therefore not indicative of the number of companies that have visited.

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