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Bruton, Richard

Wednesday, 8 May 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 465 Nbr. 1


Adjournment Debate. - Dundalk (Louth) Unemployment.

I thank Deputies for raising this issue in the House. As Minister, I am deeply concerned about unemployment. I am, on behalf of the Government, vigorously pursuing a multi-faceted range of polic...More Button

I am conscious of unemployment in Dundalk. My concern is shared by all Deputies in the constituency and Deputy McGahon keeps me in touch with the local situation. Despite the unprecedented job cr...More Button

There is a range of responses to the serious problems of unemployment in Dundalk. A local employment service is now well on its way to being established in Dundalk. As I have outlined to the Hous...More Button

I assure Deputies that the industrial development agencies, under the aegis of my Department, are active in promoting indigenous and foreign direct investment in the Dundalk area. Officials from m...More Button

The north-east region has a significant base of high technology companies which is a key factor in attracting overseas investors. There is an impressive array of over 40 overseas companies in Coun...More Button

I am aware that a number of companies in Dundalk have experienced difficulties and we dealt with these in the House previously. I assure the Deputy and the House that IDA Ireland is keeping in clo...More Button

As regards indigenous industry. Forbairt, through its north-east regional office, continues to actively promote the area for industrial development. During my visit to Boston with Forbairt office...More Button

Written Answers. - Donegal County Enterprise Board.

Was asked: the additional funding, if any, that will be made available to Donegal County Enterprise Board in order that the board may approve many worthwhile projects and create hundreds of jobs that cannot b...More Button

The Government has allocated a sum of £19,736 million to the county enterprise boards for 1996. I am at present examining proposals for the differentiated allocation of this funding as betwe...More Button

Pending a final decision on the differentiated allocations, each board has been given a grant approval capacity of £180,000 for the first six months of 1996. The boards have also been given a...More Button

Written Answers. - Appointments to State Bodies.

Was asked: the persons appointed by him to the boards of semi-State companies and other organisations under the aegis of his Department since February 1995; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Details of appointments to boards of semi-State companies and organisations under the aegis of my Department since February 1995 are set out in the following schedule:More Button

Written Answers. - Company Statistics.

Was asked: the average number of businesses which cease to exist each year; the way in which this figure is calculated; whether it is possible to eliminate from the figures generally quoted, the fact that cer...More Button

Figures available from the Companies Registration Office indicate that approximately 15,000 limited companies are registered each year. There are in the region of 150,000 on the register of compani...More Button

In 1995 the Companies Registration Office received notification of the appointment of a liquidator in respect of 777 companies. The Register of Companies was also advised of the commencement of w...More Button

At the time of the 1995 annual employment survey undertaken by IDA Ireland, Forbairt, Shannon Development and Údarás na Gaeltachta, there were 7,799 enterprises, predominantly limited...More Button

For the period 1992-95 the following were the number of enterprises assisted by the above agencies which closed:More Button

At the time of the annual agency job survey these enterprises were recorded as having ceased employment in the year in question.More Button

The Revenue Commissioners have data in respect of registration and deregistration for value added tax purposes.More Button

Finally, I would refer the Deputy to chapter 2 of the report of the “Task Force on Small Business”, March 1994, which sets out the difficulties of defining a business and other relevant data.More Button

Written Answers. - Share Fishermen.

Was asked: whether share fishermen are deemed as partners; and whether they are entitled to attend the Rights Commission and Labour Court in respect of industrial disputes.More Button

The Partnership Act, 1890, and the Limited Partnerships Act, 1907, set out the legislative provisions regarding the law of partnership in Ireland. Section 1 (1) of the Partnership Act, 1890, provi...More Button

In determining whether or not workers such as share-fishermen would have right of access to a rights commissioner or the Labour Court in terms of a dispute with the owner of a boat, the key issue h...More Button

Written Answers. - Airline Pilot's Training.

Was asked: whether employment practices within the Irish aviation industry are discriminating against qualified Irish nationals (details supplied) who have undergone expensive training and who are unable to o...More Button

The position regarding the employment difficulties being encountered by qualified Irish pilots has recently been brought to my attention. Last week officials from my Department met with representa...More Button

Written Answers. - Replacement Industry for Tipperary.

Was asked: the progress, if any, that has been made to find a replacement industry for Tipperary town following the closure of Mass Mutual; the number of interested parties that have contacted the IDA in rela...More Button

The attraction of overseas industry is a matter for day to day operations of IDA Ireland. However, I have been informed that IDA Ireland is actively looking for a replacement industry for Tipperary...More Button

Written Answers. - FÁS Employees.

Was asked: the precautions, if any, which FÁS will take to ensure that people which it employs are suited to work with members of the public, particularly children.More Button

I understand that FÁS takes particular care to ensure that persons employed by them are suited to work with members of the public. I further understand that FÁS is especially conscio...More Button

FÁS has also drawn up draft clearance checking procedures for use by project sponsors as part of their recruitment procedures and also for use by FÁS when selecting participants for c...More Button

Written Answers. - Petrol Prices.

Was asked: the reason unleaded petrol is approximately 6 pence per litre cheaper in the Dundalk area of County Louth in comparison with the price, for example, in the Limerick area; and if he will make a stat...More Button

As the Deputy is no doubt aware, official price control on petrol and auto diesel products was discontinued on 1 October 1991 with the entry into force of the Competition Act, 1991. It is signific...More Button

The decision by the then Minister to remove price control on petrol and auto diesel was predicated on the security against anti-competitive practices which the Competition Act, 1991 provides. I pr...More Button

Finally, in its recent report on the proposal by Statoil to acquire Conoco, the Competition Authority commented that with the abolition of price control and price surveillance, there is now a much ...More Button