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Fitzgerald, Frances

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement Investigations

Was asked: if special measures are put in place with regard to monitoring the activities of companies reported to the ODCE for serious transgressions while those investigations are ongoing, such as in the cas...More Button

The Office of Director of Corporate Enforcement, ODCE, was established under the Company Law Enforcement Act 2001 and continued under the Companies Act 2014. Under the provisions of the 2014 Act, ...More Button

Section 949(3) of the Companies Act 2014 provides that the Director of Corporate Enforcement shall be independent in the performance of his statutory functions. I, as Tánaiste and Minister for B...More Button

Health and Safety Inspections

Was asked: her views on the request made by the CEO of the Health and Safety Authority that 50 inspectors are needed to ensure farm safety; the number of farm safety inspectors employed by the HSA; and the nu...More Button

Local Enterprise Offices Data

Was asked: the number of LEO business expansion grants given to businesses in County Meath in 2016; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the amount of funding under the LEO business expansion grant allocated to businesses in County Meath in 2016; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the average grant amount given to businesses in County Meath under the LEO business expansion grant in 2016; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number and value of LEO grants allocated to businesses in County Meath in 2016; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the grant amounts and number of grants allocated by the Meath LEO in 2016 to businesses by sector; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 10 to 14, inclusive, together.

   In 2016, the Local Enterprise Office, LEO, Meath approved 25 grants – feasibility, priming and busi...More Button

Ministerial Functions

Was asked: the powers she has delegated to the Ministers of State in her Department; the date on which such delegation was made; if there were changes in powers delegated relative to the situation in place pr...More Button

On 20 June, the Taoiseach re-appointed Mr. John Halligan T.D. and Mr. Pat Breen T.D. as Ministers of State with responsibility for policy areas under the remit of my Department.More Button

On 26 July, the Government made orders for the delegation of Ministerial functions to Ministers Halligan and Breen at my request.More Button

Minister Halligan has been delegated responsibility for Innovation, Research and Development, IRD, and will oversee implementation of the Government's national strategy in this area, Innovation 2...More Button

These areas of responsibility are similar to what had been delegated to Minister Halligan prior to June 2017. Statutory Instrument No. 363 of 2017, entitled, "Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (De...More Button

Minister Breen has again been assigned responsibility for Industrial Relations legislation, the industrial relations machinery of the State as well as the Workplace Relations Act 2015. He also h...More Button

Minister Breen had previously been delegated responsibility for Employment Rights and associated legislation, and for the Low Pay Commission and their programme of work in relation to the Nationa...More Button

Statutory Instrument No. 362 of 2017, entitled, "Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Delegation of Ministerial Functions) (No 2) Order 2017", sets out in detail the specific areas of responsibility ...More Button

IDA Ireland Jobs Data

Was asked: the number of newly created IDA backed jobs in County Donegal between 2012 and 2016; the number of IDA site visits that have occurred in County Donegal between 2016 and 2017 involving new and prosp...More Button

I am determined to support the growth of high-quality and sustainable employment across Ireland, including in County Donegal.  Last year, the number of IDA supported jobs in County Donegal grew by ...More Button

Action Plan for Jobs

Was asked: the number of new jobs that have been created under the Action Plan for Jobs 2017 (details supplied); the regions, sectors and targets for 31 December 2017; and if she will make a statement on the ...More Button

The Action Plan for Jobs is one of the Government’s key instruments to support job creation. The Action Plan for Jobs process is working. Since the first Plan was launched in early 2012, there ar...More Button

Foreign Direct Investment

Was asked: the number of small scale sector appropriate foreign direct investment enterprises that have been brought to small rural towns by the IDA over each of the past five years.More Button

The IDA is focused on attracting job-rich foreign direct investment, FDI, by multinationals to Ireland. One of the Agency's key priorities is ensuring that such investment is spread as evenly as p...More Button

While the general global trend is for FDI to be located in or around major urban areas, the IDA has placed a special emphasis on attracting overseas companies to regional Ireland. This is eviden...More Button

Progress continues to be made towards reaching that goal. For example, the Agency's mid-year results for 2017 show that 54% of all job approvals so far this year are for investments located outs...More Button

The investments that have been secured for rural and regional areas span many different sectors and industries. They also differ significantly in their individual size and scale. Their key unif...More Button

Lobbying Data

Was asked: the number of occasions on which she has been lobbied in respect of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill since March 2016; the persons she has met with; the dates of these meetings; the details of the ...More Button

Since my appointment as Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation in June, I have not attended any meetings regarding the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill.More Button

Competition and Consumer Protection Commission

Was asked: the regulations in place for pricing algorithms in the tourism and hospitality sector.More Button

Dynamic pricing algorithms have been implemented, for instance, by airlines, hotel booking services and transportation network companies to efficiently adjust supply to periods of lower or higher d...More Button