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Perry, John

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Foreign Direct Investment (Continued)

I thank Deputy Tom Hayes for raising this important issue.More Button

IDA Ireland's primary responsibility is to attract foreign direct investment, FDI, to Ireland and to grow and expand FDI companies in Ireland in the face of strong international competition. In ...More Button

IDA Ireland has assured me that it continues to work with all its client companies in Tipperary and across the country to ensure their long-term sustainability and encourage their growth and deve...More Button

The global economy, in particular the European economy, which is the primary target market for FDI clients in Ireland, is in a low growth phase. The challenge for IDA Ireland is to win FDI in th...More Button

Because Tipperary is divided into two administrative regions, Tipperary North is part of IDA Ireland's mid-west region along with counties Clare and Limerick, while Tipperary South is part of IDA...More Button

In addition, the provision of flexible and cost-effective property solutions has been a key aspect in developing differentiating regional value propositions and attracting FDI into regional econo...More Button

Strong performance was seen in 2011 in the level of FDI won by Ireland. IDA Ireland client companies created more than 13,000 new jobs in 2011, despite the current global economic situation and ...More Button

The Minister, Deputy Richard Bruton, who is in Brussels this evening, sends his apologies to the Deputy. The challenge ahead of us all in Government, in Departments and in agencies is to do everyt...More Button

Deputy Hayes has raised this issue on numerous occasions and the Minister, Deputy Bruton, assured me he would speak to the Deputy directly on this. Earlier this week the Minister and I announced...More Button

The micro-enterprise and small business division will develop a world-class centre of excellence providing best-in-class support to entrepreneurs and small business in the execution of a national...More Button

The Enterprise Start programme is a one-day information workshop which forms part of Enterprise Ireland's entrepreneurship development activity. Two regional workshops for the mid-west, which in...More Button

We must also strengthen links between multinational companies and the rest of the economy in order that the full benefit of these major investments can feed through to the domestic economy, for e...More Button

Job Losses (Continued)

I would like to thank Deputy Bannon for raising this important issue. Ericsson originally established a manufacturing operation in Ireland in 1957 and now has three business groups based in Athlon...More Button

The Athlone research and development unit has global responsibility for Ericsson's operation support systems. In June 2011, the Athlone unit announced its intention to create an additional 100 r...More Button

The job reductions announced by Ericsson on 5 November 2012 will take place under a voluntary programme. This is a significant aspect of this unfortunate reduction in numbers and one to be stron...More Button

Ericsson is fully committed to Ireland and has confirmed Athlone's global research and development status. It has also acknowledged the Irish management team's leadership in shifting towards a l...More Button

The midlands region, including County Westmeath, has the linked gateway of Athlone, Tullamore and Mullingar and, as such, will continue to be a key location of focus for the winning of foreign di...More Button

Job creation is central to our economic recovery and the programme for Government has this at its core. It is obvious that the Government does not create jobs - entrepreneurs and successful busi...More Button

In the action plan, the Government has also identified a number of key sectors where Ireland can gain competitive advantage in global markets. The role of my Department is to ensure that we have...More Button

I am convinced that the actions we are taking across Government through this process will result in improvements to the operating environment for business and bring about a reduction in the numbe...More Button

Deputy Bannon is very passionate about his constituency, which I greatly appreciate and he may be assured that I will tell this to the Minister, Deputy Bruton. As well as marketing the midlands re...More Button

He should be assured that Enterprise Ireland's activity in Athlone and the surrounding area is focused on the creation of new jobs. The Minister, Deputy Bruton, has personally seen to this throu...More Button

In conclusion, it is important to remember that Ireland continues to be competitive in attracting new investment. More than 1,000 multinational corporations have chosen Ireland as their strategi...More Button

Bank Codes of Conduct (Continued)

I thank Deputies Browne and Mattie McGrath for raising this issue. All of the financial institutions in Ireland have benefitted from the support provided by the Irish taxpayer. Even if they have ...More Button

The code of conduct was issued by the Central Bank under section 117 of the Central Bank Act 1989 and became effective from 1 January this year. The code of conduct is part of a suite of measure...More Button

The code of conduct replaced the 2009 code and strengthened the protections available to SMEs in financial difficulties. The banks are required to comply with it as a matter of law. The code ma...More Button

I should say that the provisions of the code are without prejudice to a bank's legal rights to enforce any agreement, including any security taken in connection with any agreement. If a borrower...More Button

The Central Bank has a number of options at its disposal if there was a breach of the code of conduct. The matter has been brought to the attention of the bank and I expect it will examine the c...More Button

The law applies to everybody and nobody is above it. If there has been any criminal activity, it is a matter for the Garda to investigate and the Director of Public Prosecutions to prosecute anybo...More Button

The code of conduct is part of a suite of supports put in place for SMEs. It is legally binding and is working fairly well. Nevertheless, all codes may be improved, as can be seen with the most...More Button

Enforcement actions that may be taken by the Central Bank include monetary penalties and a direction for reprimand to the institution concerned. The Central Bank regularly publishes outcomes of ...More Button

Gangland Killings (Continued)

I thank the Deputy for raising this important matter. I am speaking on behalf of the Minister for Justice and Equality who is unable to be present owing to other business. The Minister shares the...More Button

The Minister is in ongoing contact with the Garda Commissioner about all aspects of serious crime, and the Garda will continue to bear down heavily on the activities of those involved in gangland...More Button

The Garda is also determined, in co-operation with colleagues in the PSNI, to continue to tackle robustly the activities of so called dissident republicans. It is clear that some of these groups...More Button

It is worth noting that the most recent recorded crime statistics, which were released at the end of September, show that crime levels in most categories are falling, which reflects well on the w...More Button

We should not underestimate the difficulties the Garda faces in trying to prevent gangland killings and related crimes and bringing the perpetrators to justice. These crimes are carefully planne...More Button

As Deputies will be aware, the prompt action of gardaí resulted in the arrest of a man close to the scene of the horrific killing in Killester this week. The House will appreciate that because a...More Button

It would be wrong to characterise this as a budgetary matter. There has been gangland violence for some time in Ireland and the number of murders was higher when Garda numbers were higher than a...More Button

Strong anti-gangland legislation is in place. The Minister has made it clear to the Garda Commissioner that if he believes other measures could be taken in this area, he will examine them positi...More Button

Furthermore, the Garda Commissioner is leading what he rightly describes as "the most fundamental restructuring of An Garda Síochána" since its foundation. There is a clear imperative to free up...More Button

I thank the Deputy again on behalf of the Minister for Justice and Equality. I also acknowledge the presence of Deputy Kevin Humphreys. I will convey the points Deputy Ó Ríordáin makes to the Min...More Button

The Minister will continue to pursue important improvements to the overall legislative architecture. In this regard, the legislative priority for combating crime is the publication and enactment...More Button

This Bill represents a major step forward and will be important in the fight against serious crime. It will lead to the establishment for the first time of a national DNA database and give the Gar...More Button

Despite the constraints on public finances, substantial Garda resources remain in place. These must be seen in the context of a programme of real reform being delivered by the Garda under the Cr...More Button

Regarding the activation of people on the ground, social enterprise and the education system are important, as the Deputy knows from his involvement in his community. Being a rural-based politic...More Button

Activity is the best approach. The social enterprise agenda is being enacted in every community and is undoubtedly relevant to the Deputy's constituency. It must be supported. We must support ...More Button

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Deputy Shatter, will reply to the Deputy directly on the issues that have been raised. I thank Deputy Ó Ríordáin. I also thank Deputy Kevin Humphreys for ...More Button

  Written Answers follow Adjournment.More Button

  The Dáil adjourned at 10.15 p.m. until 10.30 a.m. on Friday, 7 December 2012.More Button