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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 450 - 470
 Header Item Departmental Reports
 Header Item Job Creation Issues
 Header Item Industrial Development
 Header Item Departmental Bodies Board Remuneration
 Header Item Departmental Agencies Staff Remuneration
 Header Item Departmental Expenditure
 Header Item Departmental Staff Training
 Header Item Exchequer Savings
 Header Item Exchequer Savings
 Header Item Exchequer Savings
 Header Item Departmental Schemes
 Header Item Programme for Government Implementation
 Header Item Consultancy Contracts Numbers
 Header Item EU Commission Green Papers
 Header Item Departmental Legal Costs
 Header Item Work Permit Applications
 Header Item Enterprise Ireland Expenditure
 Header Item Productivity Levels
 Header Item Trade Data
 Header Item Job Creation Numbers

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 811 No. 2

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Written Answers Nos. 450 - 470

Departmental Reports

 450. Deputy Niall Collins Information on Niall Collins Zoom on Niall Collins asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton if he will provide, in tabular form, the name, costs, date of commission, date or expected date of publication and name of the external consultant of all external reports commissioned by his Department since March 2011.  [34406/13]

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton The information is provided in the following tables.

January - July 2013

Name of Company/PayeeCost

(€)
Date of CommissionDate of Completion
Janet Hughes17,835January 2013April 2013
RSM McClure Watters37,634February 2013September 2013


January – December 2012
Name of Company/PayeeCost

(€)
Date of CommissionDate of Completion
Achilles Procurement Services Ltd2,650July 2012August 2012
Fitzpatrick Associates 48,647 September 2012October 2013
Version 129,667January 2012October 2012
Ward Solutions14,111February 2012August 2012
Ward Solutions16,590February 2012April 2012
Ward Solutions8,394December 2012December 2012
Deloitte & Touche 102,872.62January 2012January 2013


March – December 2011
Name of Company/PayeeCost

(€)
Date of CommissionDate of Completion
Rits7,093June 2011August 2011
Rits3630November 2011December 2011
Rits4729November 2011December 2011
Maxima Ireland8,276August 2011August 2011


  For information I provide a similar question answered previously, on Tuesday, 22 May 2012, that provides information on work undertaken by consultants inm the period 2008 – 2011.

  Deputy Joanna Tuffy asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the total amount of expenditure on consultancy by his Department in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011; the numbers of consultants engaged by his Department in those years; the names of the consultancy companies awarded contracts; and the steps which have been taken to reduce the expenditure on consultancy and the reliance on consultants by his Department in these years and for the future. [25549/12]

  Details of the information on consultancies requested by the Deputy for the period from 2008 to 2011 are set out in the following tables. My Department has, in line with Government policy, taken measures to reduce the level of expenditure on external consultancies. The number of consultancies undertaken has been significantly reduced and are undertaken on the basis of necessity and in instances where it is not possible to conduct the work in-house having regard to the nature of the work and the skills required.

2011
Name of Company/PayeePurposeCost (€)
Mr. John TraversFacilitation of Code of Practice for Grocery Goods Undertakings (continuation of services provided in 2010)€36,905
Reidy Brophy LimitedFacilitation of a focus group with business to develop a web portal on regulation affecting businesses €3,570
Connolly LoweLegal Accounting Assignment for ODCE€8,963
Remy FarrellCounsel's Opinion for ODCE€545
Una Ní RaifeartaighOpinion and Advices for ODCE€1,210
Una Ní RaifeartaighOpinion and Advices for ODCE€4,840
Karole CuddihyLegal Proofing of document for ODCE€968
Una Ní RaifeartaighOpinion and Advices for ODCE€454
Capital for Enterprise Ltd.Design of Temporary Partial Credit Guarantee Scheme€72,074
Fitzpatrick Associates Economic Consultants Assessment of the Productive Sector Operational Programme, 2000 – 2006€15,730
Leo BurnettDesign work for publicity campaign re increase in National Minimum Wage Rate€847
UCD (Dr Frank Walsh)Review of ERO and REA Wage Setting Mechanisms €15,000
Keating & AssociatesTo provide NERA with PR Consultancy Services re their information campaign on employment rights matters.€18,770
Greater Heights LtdLearning needs Analysis(NERA)€15,645
Mairéad CareyCase Summaries for The Labour Court Annual Report 2010€7,889
RitsIT Security assessment of new hosting site established in the Revenue Hosting Centre, John’s Road€15,452
IBMLotus Notes healthcheck€10,239
Maxima IrelandVirtualisation Strategy Review – a short high-level assessment of the future opportunities available to the Department to virtualise some of its servers with a view to making cost savings.€8,276
Declan MurphyLegal advice€605
Kilroys SolicitorsLegal advice in relation to Export Credit Insurance Recoveries€9,231
Sia Management GroupDJEI Strategic Development Plan facilitation and consultancy support€15,089
Total€262,302

Table

2010 

Name of Company/PayeePurposeCost (€)
Mr. John TraversFacilitation of Code of Practice for Grocery Goods Undertakings€24,805
SIRA Consulting BVProvision of training in the Standard Cost Model to facilitate measurement of administrative burdens€9,950
SIRA Consulting BVSupport and Quality Assurance in respect of the measurement of administrative burdens€8,531
Capgemini ConsultingProvision of training in use of the National Application Database – a system developed by the European Commission to assist countries in the collation and interrogation of results arising from their cross-Government administrative burden measurements€4,963
Jacobs and AssociatesTraining support in the Standard Cost Model methodology for the measurement of administrative burdens in Ireland€3,300
Connolly LoweConsultancy – Accountancy for ODCE€12,778
Caroline CostelloCounsel’s Opinion for ODCE€424
Paul Anthony McDermottCounsel’s Opinion for ODCE€3,933
Brian MurrayCounsel’s Opinion for ODCE€5,288
Paul O'HigginsCounsel’s Opinion for ODCE€3,933
Nessa CahillCounsel’s Opinion for ODCE€1,892
Tom MallonCounsel’s Opinion for ODCE€557
Brian MurrayCounsel’s Opinion for ODCE€4,564
Cyril O' NeillConsultancy - Accountancy for ODCE€2,056
Remy FarrellCounsel’s Opinion for ODCE€424
Remy FarrellCounsel’s Opinion for ODCE€333
Paul Anthony McDermottCounsel’s Opinion for ODCE€1,210
Paul O'HigginsCounsel’s Opinion for ODCE€1,210
Catherine DonnellyCounsel’s Opinion for ODCE€4,235
Remy FarrellCounsel’s Opinion for ODCE€3,237
Horwath Bastow CharletonConsultancy - Accountancy for ODCE€1,252
Nessa CahillCounsel’s Opinion for ODCE€3,896
Mr. Eoghan O’BriainTo assist the Dept. in the technical aspects of Emissions Trading, Climate Change and other related Environment work€8,785
Keating & AssociatesTo provide NERA with PR Consultancy Services re their information campaign on employment rights matters€29,011
Brendan MoranComputer consultancy services (NERA)€3,085
Total€143,302
2009
Name of Company/PayeePurposeCost (€)
Finbar FloodEnquiry commissioned under Section 38(2) of the 1990 Industrial Relations Act€20,000
Tom WalshTo provide technical and research support to the Department in relation to certain aspects of occupational health and safety and chemicals policy€8,230
Keating & AssociatesTo provide NERA with PR Consultancy Services€20,303
MazarsConsultancy services to NERA business planning €3,645
RITSConsultancy services on Data Protection to NERA€3,332
Brendan MoranIT Consultancy Services NERA/ development of Information call centre solution€10,935
Brendan MoranIT Consultancy Services NERA/ development of T&S and Accounting database€5,833
Hewlett Packard IrelandIT consultancy NERA€4,538
Kilroys SolicitorsProvision of legal advice on Export Credit Insurance issues (as instances arise)€32,336
Gartner IrelandAccess to international ICT analysts and research€41,352
Trigraph Professional ServicesProject Management Consultancy€4022
Version 1Analyse Oracle software usage and license compliance€7,560
Remy FarrellCounsel’s Opinion€16,766
Brian MurrayCounsel’s Opinion€5,421
Philip RahnCounsel’s Opinion€3,353
Paul O’HigginsCounsel’s Opinion€18,225
Paul Anthony McDermottCounsel’s Opinion€18,225
Nessa CahillCounsel’s Opinion€3,130
Cyril O’NeillLegal Costs Assessment for ODCE€3,874
Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, UCDProvision of independent accountancy advice regarding specific company law issues€8,020
Michael HenryConsultancy review of the draft Report on Health and Safety Information Obligations€851
OLM ConsultancyConsultancy advice on the draft Report on Health and Safety Information Obligations€1,094
Scannell Solutions LtdConsultancy advice on the draft Report on Health and Safety Information Obligations€365
AD LittleReview of current supports to encourage the exploitation of IP emanating from Higher Education research€30,000 (Departmental contribution)
Total€271,410
2008
Name of Company/PayeePurposeCost (€)
EPS ConsultingTo measure the administrative burdens arising in Company Law, Employment Law and Health and Safety Law in order to contribute to the 25% target on reducing administrative burden for business€58,249
Scannell SolutionsTo identify a list of priority information obligations arising from health and safety legislation for measurement in order to contribute to the 25% target on reducing administrative burden for business€5,143
Arthur CoxTo Identify a list of priority information obligations arising from company law for measurement in order to contribute to the 25% target on administrative burden reduction€2,226
UCD School of LawTo list the information obligations arising from employment law in order to contribute to the 25% target on reducing administrative burden for business€4,650
NUI GalwayTo list the information obligations arising from company law in order to contribute to the 25% target on reducing administrative burden for business€5,102
University of LimerickTo list the information obligations arising in health and safety law in order to contribute to the 25% target on reducing administrative burden for business€4,616
Bizmeasures LtdTo test the feasibility of implementing the filing of XBRL financial statements€31,683
Tom FerrisTo carry out a measurement of specific administrative burdens identified by the High Level Group on Business Regulation in order to contribute to the 25% target on reducing administrative burden for business€5,707
Price Waterhouse CoopersAssistance in ODCE investigation€137,772
KPMGAssessment of a named company’s restructuring plan€273,460
Institute of Public Administration (IPA)To examine feedback from staff with a view to formulating an action plan to improve their working environment and thus help them to contribute more effectively to achieving my Department’s business objectives€19,867
CIRCA Consultants, SIA Group and International Panel of ExpertsReview of the efficacy of the DSE Science Awareness programme by a panel of international experts€105,082(Shared equally between the Department and Forfás)
CIRCA ConsultantsThe review was undertaken as part of initial Government decision in 2004 upon joining EMBL€51,182(Shared equally between the Department and Forfás).
DHR CommunicationsDissemination of EQUAL Programme (PR)€9,547
Computer AssociatesTo review the Department's Data Backup and Storage environment and produce a report with recommendations€13,750
Keating Consulting LtdNERA (PR)€63,189
Ellard Browne LtdNERA (Advertising)€605
Cawley Nea LtdNERA (Advertising)€27,410
Tom WalshTo provide advice to the Department on the development of occupational health and safety policy and legislation and chemicals policy€91,538
Arup Consulting EngineersTo support the Department in its review of Review of Dangerous Substances legislation€116,487
Kilroy SolicitorsLegal Advice on Export Credit Insurance issues (as instances arise)€16,263
Version 1To prepare a report on the Insolvency BPR€13,177
Version 1To determine the feasibility of options for the upgrade of the RIR system€10,328
RITSSecurity Advice€38,535
Gartner IrelandAccess to international ICT analysts and research€41,352
IQ Content LtdReview of Department’s Website€41,261
IPAQuality Assessment of SFI VFM Review€3,630
Carr CommunicationsCommunications (CRO)€25,593
Open InterfaceWebsite accessibility advice (CRO)€3,993
Grant ThorntonProcurement and business solution advice (CRO)€71,874
Millward Brown/IMS Market Research for ODCE€15,898
Mathias Kelly QCLegal advice – investigations under section 19 of the Companies Act 1990€167,171
Mary DonnellyResearch paper in connection with the Company Law Review Group’s 2007 Annual Report€500
Experian IrelandProvision of statistical analysis of returns to the Companies Registration Office€182
PricewaterhouseCoopers Media Research for the Advisory Group on Media Mergers€26,965
Emily Gibson BLLegal Services for the Advisory Group on Media Mergers€5,596
Form Creative LtdAdvertising campaign for Work/Life Balance Day 2008€4,994
Form Creative LtdAdvertisement in Sunday Tribune re: Panel of Consultants€3,179
Achilles Procurement Services LtdConsultancy – NERA case Management system€602
MazarsAudit services€4,193
Remy Farrell Counsel’s Opinion€6,595
Douglas Clarke Counsel’s Opinion€1,029
John Hennessy Counsel’s Opinion€2,541
Connolly Lowe Legal Costs Assessment for ODCE€535
Cyril O’Neill Legal Costs Assessment for ODCE€16,215
Total€1,491,408

Job Creation Issues

 451. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton the steps he and his Department have taken and plan to undertake to address the scourge of unemployment in counties Cavan and Monaghan; if he will advise of prospects in the pipeline; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [34452/13]

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton The Government’s approach to tackling the unemployment problem is to focus resources on those individuals most at risk of long-term unemployment. In this context, together with the Taoiseach, the Tánaiste and the Minister for Social Protection, I launched the JobsPlus initiative last week. This is a new employer incentive scheme operated by the Department of Social Protection which will incentivise businesses to hire jobseekers from the Live Register, boost job creation and reduce long-term unemployment. Much of the application and approval process for JobsPlus will be completed online at www.jobsplus.ie.

  In terms of job creation in Cavan and Monaghan, Enterprise Ireland’s (EI) activity is focused on the creation of new jobs through supporting entrepreneurs setting up new High Potential Start-Up Companies (HPSU), the retention and creation of new jobs in existing companies and in enhancing the innovation capability of Ireland at a national and regional level through support of research in companies and Third Level institutions. EI provides a range of supports for start-ups including: the Competitive Feasibility Fund for the North East Region (Cavan, Monaghan and Louth) launched in February 2013; the Competitive Start-Up Fund, the Seed and Venture Capital and Development Capital Fund; the HALO Business Angel Partnership Programme that is mandated to match business angels to appropriate projects; the New Frontiers Programme and the Innovation Voucher Initiative.

  EI has 99 client companies in County Cavan employing in excess of 4,000 people. To date in 2013, over €621,000 has been approved to Cavan companies and €420,000 paid. In County Monaghan, Enterprise Ireland has 124 client companies employing almost 3,500 people. To date in 2013, over €1.4m has been approved to Monaghan companies and €599,000 paid.

  The Cavan and Monaghan County Enterprise Boards (CEBs) support the micro-enterprise sector at local level. Support is available, subject to certain criteria, to promote and develop indigenous micro-enterprise potential and to stimulate economic activity and entrepreneurship at local level, with priority being given to manufacturing and internationally traded services. In 2012, Cavan CEB paid out €234,185 to 20 projects and 477 people availed of Cavan CEB Training Programmes. To date in 2013, Cavan CEB has approved €234,500 in grant aid to 10 projects with the potential to create 47 full-time and 16 part-time jobs. In 2012, Monaghan CEB paid out €258,522 to 14 projects and 648 people availed of Monaghan CEB Training Programmes. To date in 2013, Monaghan CEB has approved grant aid of €171,220 to 6 start-up and developing companies with an expected job creation figure of 15.

  Recent initiatives organised by these two CEBs to address job losses in the region, include:

 - A €3.064 million project funded by the Special EU Programmes Body under the INTERREG IVA Programme entitled “Harnessing Natural Resources”. Overall, it is estimated that the project will result in the creation of up to 100 jobs.

 - An Information Event in Castleblayney, inviting all relevant agencies to come together under one roof to provide information and support to the unemployed.

  The Government also established a Microfinance Loan Fund in 2012, to improve access to credit for entrepreneurs and to facilitate the growth and expansion of viable businesses. This is particularly relevant to entrepreneurs who don’t have a track record in credit history, previous business experience, other assets to act as security etc. which financial institutions typically seek.

  In accordance with its Horizon 2020 Strategy, IDA has invested in the provision of an extensive portfolio of property solutions in the North East Region which enhances its marketability for potential FDI opportunities. IDA will consider all opportunities to leverage its property portfolio in smaller population centres like Cavan and Monaghan in order to facilitate investment generation and job creation from the indigenous and non-traditional sectors of the economy.

The following revised reply was received on 27 September 2013.

Please note that the reply contained the following statement: "EI has 99 client companies in County Cavan employing in excess of 4,000 people. To date in 2013, over €621,000 has been approved to Cavan companies and €420,000 paid."

  It has been brought to the Minister's attention that this statement was not factually correct and the reply should have referred to payments of €621,000 and approval of €420,000.

Industrial Development

 452. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton if he will take the appropriate steps to compel the Industrial Development Authority to act as a State body, treating all counties and potential locations for inward investment equally; if he has given any consideration to introducing performance targets by county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34453/13]

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton In seeking to achieve balanced regional development and the broader goal of securing new foreign direct investment (FDI) projects for Ireland in a very competitive global environment, the concept of scale is crucial. In order to achieve balanced regional economic development, IDA prioritises the marketing of its Gateway locations within each region as the locations of critical mass and highlights the opportunities provided by other locations on an opportunistic basis, which are within commuting distances of these Gateways.

I am mindful of the concerns that have been expressed to me by Deputies on all sides of the House about the level of site visits to certain regional locations. I have, accordingly, raised this matter with the CEO of IDA Ireland with a view to exploring what further initiatives can be taken to influence potential investors to invest in such locations. That having been said, however, locations outside of Dublin and the main urban centres already facilitate the presence of a large number of multinational companies who have invested over the years, span multiple sectors and employ significant amounts of people. The primary opportunity for regional locations is in respect of the existing client base and potential further investment opportunities from same. Approximately 70% of all FDI investments won by IDA is from the existing client base.

In order to ensure that Ireland can continue to compete globally for foreign direct investment, an in depth analysis of our FDI strategy with a view to informing the formulation of an appropriate strategy for the period post-2014 is currently being undertaken. This analysis, will take account of factors such as key trends emerging in FDI best practice internationally, Ireland’s strengths in attracting FDI, any change to the EU’s State Aid rules that may be introduced in the near future and our approach to regional development

Departmental Bodies Board Remuneration

 453. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald Information on Mary Lou McDonald Zoom on Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton if he will provide, in tabular form, a breakdown of the fees and expenses paid to each member of each State board, to include the chair and board members, and the number of members on each State board under the aegis of his Department.  [34516/13]

 478. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald Information on Mary Lou McDonald Zoom on Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton the annual saving to the Exchequer if all State agency board fees were reduced by 25% under the aegis of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [35802/13]

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton I propose to take Questions Nos. 453 and 478 together.

  The following table lists the fees for the Chairperson and Members, for each Board under the aegis of my Department. The Deputy should note that in some cases members may have opted to waive their fees, some members will be subject to the "one person one salary" principle and others are Department nominees at official level who are not entitled to fees and vacancies will exist on various boards from time to time. It is worth noting as of March 2013 of the 64 appointments to State Boards within my remit 36 were allocated under legislation to Department Representatives, social partners, nominees of other Ministers and nominees of prescribed bodies. The individual amounts paid to each member in board fees and expenses are a day to day matter for the respective Agencies. I have asked the Agencies to respond directly to the Deputy.

BodyChairpersons FeesMember Fees
Enterprise Ireland€20,520€11,970
Forfas€20,520€11,970
IDA Ireland€20,520€11,970
Labour Relations Commission€20,520€11,970
National Consumer Agency€20,520€11,970
Personal Injuries Assessment Board€20,520€11,970
Science Foundation Ireland€20,520€11,970
Shannon Free Airport Development Company€20,520€11,970
Health and Safety Authority€11,970€7,695
Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority€11,970€7,695
National Standards Authority of Ireland€11,970€7,695
Crafts Council of Ireland€11,970€7,695
Intertrade Ireland€11,970€7,695
Company Law Review Group€8,978€5,985

Departmental Agencies Staff Remuneration

 454. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald Information on Mary Lou McDonald Zoom on Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton if he will provide, in tabular form, the annual salary of all non-commercial State-sponsored bodies' chief executive officers under the aegis of his Department.  [34532/13]

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton The following table shows the annual salary of Chief Executive Officers of the non-commercial State-sponsored bodies under the aegis of my Department at 30 June 2013. The Deputy should note that these salaries are subject to the reductions specified in the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2013 and were reduced accordingly with effect from 1 July 2013.

AgencyAnnual SalaryAnnual Salary
  

PPC
 

Non- PPC
 

IDA Ireland
 

€189,115
 

€179,659
 

Enterprise Ireland
 

€189,115
 

€179,659
 

Science Foundation Ireland
 

€180,109
 

€175,999
 

Shannon Free Airport Development Co. Ltd.
 

€154,183
 

€146,473
 

The National Standards Authority of Ireland
 

€154,183
 

€146,473
 

The Health and Safety Authority
 

€153,885
 

€146,191
 

Forfás
 

€189,115
 

€179,659
 

The County Enterprise Boards
 

N/A
 

€67,115 to €87,126
 

Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority
 

€132,511
 

€125,886
 

The Personal Injuries Assessment Board
 

€168,379
 

€159,959
 

The National Consumer Agency
 

€137,554
 

€130,676
 

The Competition Authority
 

€164,464
 

€156,240
 

The Labour Relations Commission
 

€176,800
 

€168,000

Departmental Expenditure

 455. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald Information on Mary Lou McDonald Zoom on Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton if he will provide, in tabular form, a list of all professional fees, including but not limited to legal, consultancy, IT related, advisory, advertising and accountancy; the company name and the amount invoiced between 1 June 2012 and 31 May 2013.  [34548/13]

 457. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald Information on Mary Lou McDonald Zoom on Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton if he will provide the annual saving to the Exchequer of a 20% reduction in all professional fees, including but not limited to legal, consultancy, IT related, advisory, advertising and accountancy; the company name and the amount invoiced between 1 June 2012 and 31 May 2013.  [34580/13]

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton I propose to take Questions Nos. 455 and 457 together.

Professional fees incurred 1 January 2013 to 31 May 2013

Name of Company/Service ProviderCost - €
Arekibo Communications Ltd61.50
Artefact984.00
Barry Galvin440.07
Brendan Byrne125.00
Cyril O’Neill Legal Costs Accountants678.96
Declan Murphy 15,842.40
John Madden260.00
John McCarroll21,463.50
KellKee Services1,164.92
Michelle Madden260.00
Pat Foley165.00
Paul Anthony McDermott2,460.00
Paul O’Higgins3,997.50
Peter Fallon748.94
Peter Fitzpatrick & Co. Legal Costs Accountants4,323.45
Rochford Brady Legal Services5,284.18
Tanika Design Ltd2,595.30
Bibby Financial Services (Ireland) Limited7,952.08
Digicom3,785.29
DNM Technology Limited522.75
Enterprise Registry Solutions Ltd417,064.10
Qualcom Systems Ltd8,680.03
Sabeo Technologies4,062.69
Ardilaun Electrical1,986.00
Arekibo4,582.00
Baker Consulting15,793.00
Beirne AV4,252.00
Bizquip1,089.00
Client Solutions14,302.00
Dell Computers Ireland5,373.00
Parallel Internet Ltd (pTools Software)2,433.00
Paul McCann T/A CRES368.00
Plannet21 Communications10,555.00
Rits7,531.00
Shannonside Audio/Video Ltd.2,926.00
Sword SA158,109.00
Ward Solutions1,999.00
Zinopy2,510.00
Martin Lynch3,384.90
Francis Rochford9,239.03
Ebow 11,872.00
Four Point Solutions EMEA Ltd 12,424.50
ServeCentric3,468.60
System Dynamics Ltd14,391.00
Baker Consultants Ltd295.20
Behan & Associates Legal Cost Accountants           3,610.00
Fujitsu7,211.00
Brendan Moran1,249.00
VSR2,516.00
Print Services443.00
Walsh Graphic Design208.00
Brunswick Press319.00
Bibby Financial Services5,319.00
Keatings & Assoc1,661.00
Context269.00
Lionbridge357.00
Terminal Four1,579.00
Philip Rahn7,015.92
Shelly Horan861.00
A&L Goodbody59,745.00
Claire Bruton                                  1,236.00
Arthur Cox5,712.00
Donal Dunne1,449.00
Frank Nyhan & Assoc6,672.00
Gerald Meaney2,460.00
Gerard O’Brien1,284.00
John Brosnan & Co1,273.00
John Madden125.00
Kennedy Fitzgerald1,503.00
Leahy & Partners2,806.00
Millards923.00
John Hughes3,871.00
Niamh Tuite1,463.00
Noel A Farrell1,035.00
O’Doherty Warren & Assoc1,175.00
Peter D Jones5,814.00
Rory Hayden & Co3,571.00
Rory P Benville8,268.00
Steen O’Reilly1,415.00
Wolfe & Co2,254.00
Artemis Consulting Ltd.1,476.00
Prof. Josh Lerner4,988.75


  The total amount of fees for 1 January to 31 May 2013 is €944,941.60 - 20% of this amount is €188,988.20.

Professional fees incurred 1 June 2012 to 31 December 2012
Name of Company/Service ProviderCost - €
ABC Investigations Ltd1,692.48
Arekibo Communications Ltd2,998.13
Barry Galvin1,460.78
Brendan Byrne715.00
Brian Murray2,150.04
Brian P. Farren56,580.00
Brosnan Investigations Ltd147.60
Clever Cat Design842.55
Cyril O’Neill Legal Costs Accountants13,818.44
Declan Kelly143.20
Declan Murphy23,136.20
Denis McDonald12,560.76
J+A Davis470.34
KellKee Services739.20
Maurice G. Collins27,060.00
Paul Anthony McDermott9,840.00
Paul O’Higgins3,997.50
Peter Fitzpatrick & Co Legal Costs Accountants10,307.40
PricewaterhouseCoopers40,646.58
Rochford Brady Legal Services9,158.98
Shelly Horan7,334.49
Tom Power1,845.00
Bibby Financial Services (Ireland) Limited504.20
BT Communications Ireland Ltd 6,519.00
CTS – Corporate Translation Services 2,895.37
Digicom4,686.25
DNM Technology Limited 24,216.40
Enterprise Registry Solutions Ltd646,535.07
FCR Media Limited2,554.34
Sabeo Technologies27,800.02
SIRA Consulting74,000.00
Lifeskills Training2,100.00
Workstation Analysis1,400.00
Integrated Risk Solutions12,748.95
Fitzpatrick Associates Economic Consultants23,708.00
Advance Systems (IRL) 2,756.00
Ardilaun3,972.00
Arekibo Communications4,877.00
Baker Consultants Limited55,153.00
Bizquip1,089.00
Client Solutions20,457.00
Hibernia Services6,464.00
Integrity Solutions15,836.00
Local Government Management Agency5,595.00
Plannet21 Communications18,858.00
pTools Software (Parallel Internet)31,780.00
Rits12,142.00
Site Improve1,676.00
Sword217,222.00
Trigraph2,445.00
Unity Technology426.00
Version 1 29,520.00
Ward Solutions22,506.00
Martin Lynch6,166.06
Design Printworks Ltd2,051.03
Achilles Procurement Services Ltd 2,559.94
Terminal Four Solutions Ltd 832.30
Four Point Solutions EMEA Ltd 27,368.15
Mairead Carey6,789.60
ServeCentric4,856.04
System Dynamics Ltd9,594.00
Fujitsu12,892.00
Access Expert1,148.00
Brendan Moran492.00
Print Services123.00
Walsh Graphic Design180.00
Brunswick Press92.00
Hudson Killeen594.00
Bibby Financial Services1,554.00
Keating & Assoc2,214.00
Context989.00
Eurotext261.00
Lionbridge316.00
Terminal Four3,174.00
AD Little30,000.00
Deloitte 30,772.62
Paul Coughlan 4,270.00
Andrew Parkes420.00
Power Design4,946.70
Brian Murray12,730.50
Paul Anthony McDermott1,230.00
Paul O’Higgins1,230.00
Shelly Horan615.00
Úna Ní Raifeartaigh2,178.12
John Hennessy60,100.50
Michael McDowell 11,685.00
Kilroys Solicitors2,498.70
Kilroys Solicitors2,769.56
Noel J Travers 2,736.75
Conor Feeney 2,675.25
Siobhan Phelan 302.50
A&L Goodbody 98,154.00
Conor Power 799.50
Anthony Kerr646.00
Arthur Cox18,955.00
DH Sheridan & Co2,985.00
Donal Dunne4,023.00
Frank Nyhan & Assoc6,612.00
Gerald Meaney4,963.00
Geraldine Gillece3,127.00
Gerard O’Brien1,348.00
James A Boyle1,273.00
John Brosnan & Co5,830.00
Kennedy Fitzgerald923.00
Kieran Madigan1,273.00
Leahy & Partners8,789.00
Malachy Boohig & Co1,273.00
John Hughes3,336.00
O’Doherty Warren & Assoc928.00
Peter D Jones3,140.00
Rory Hayden & Co1,303.00
Rory P Benville8,661.00
Rosemary Healy Rae615.00
Shaun Boylan2,992.00
Steen O’Reilly2,829.00
Vincent Deane2,546.00


The total amount of fees for 1 January to 31 December 2012 is €2,199,130.44 - 20% of this amount is €439,826.

Departmental Staff Training

 456. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald Information on Mary Lou McDonald Zoom on Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton if he will provide, in tabular form, a breakdown of all third level courses, training programmes and courses and accompanying cost for the 2012-13 academic year, 1 September 2012 to 30 June 2013, provided for employees of his Department.  [34564/13]

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton The information requested by the Deputy is tabulated.

Third Level Course provided for employees of DJEI 1 September 2012 to 30 June 2013

Name of courseCost
Undergraduate Level
Certificate in Civil Service & State Agency€5,187
Certificate in Data Protection€1,110
Certificate in Public Procurement€4,500
Professional Certificate in SME credit€1,500
Diploma in Civil Service & State Agencies €2,822
Diploma in Corporate, White Collar and Regulatory Crime€3,600
Diploma Company Law€1,250
Diploma in Legal Studies €986
BA in Business€1,500
BA (Hons) Business Information Systems€2,750
BA in Business Management€2,750
BA (Hons) in Business Management€2,500
BA in Business Studies & Human Resources€5,960
BA in Human Resource Management€5,640
BA in Management Practice€3,800
BA in Law€5,500
BA (Hons) in Law€2,000
Name of courseCost
LL.B in Irish Law€300
LLB (Hons) in Irish Law€6,913
BA in Public Management€13,395
BA (Hons) in Social Science€1,720
BSc/Diploma in Information Systems€5,970
Postgraduate Level
Professional Diploma in Employment Law€13,800
Diploma in Leadership€5,950
Leadership Challenge Programme€5,300
Diploma in Official Statistics for Policy Evaluation€1,450
Postgrad. Dip in Public Management€10,000
MA in HR Management€5,000
MA in Public Management€3,180
MSc in Business€3,540
MSc in Economic Policy Studies€9,699
MSc in Management€7,850
Total Cost Third-level Courses€147,422


Other Training Courses and Programmes provided for employees of DJEI 1 September 2012 to 30 June 2013

Name of courseCost
Administering Cisco Unified Communications Manager Training€3,500
Automated External Defibrillator Training€426
Assessing SME Viability in a Distressed Economy€3,000
Communicating Effectively by Telephone €0
Communication & Assertiveness€3,100
Configuration Manager training course €1,375
CPD Session Management & Professional Development €550
CREST Procedure€0
CREST Training€0
Criminal Litigation€540
Data Protection Level 1€185
Deaf Awareness Workshop€960
Dublin Meridian Programme€5,500
E Docs Laid€0
Effective Meeting Skills€900
Employment Law €570
Equality Complaints Processing€0
Evacuation Chair Operator€0
Facilitation Skills€0
Name of courseCost
Family Law Acts€0
Fire Safety€545
Fire Warden Training€0
French€725
Human Rights Training for Trainers€0
Induction Training€0
Intermediate Excel€375
Intermediate/Advanced Word€375
Internal Auditing a beginner's course€2,581
Interviewer Skills€1,300
Introduction to Excel€375
Introduction to Internal Audit€3,240
Introduction to Procurement€0
Introduction to Project Management€2,300
Introduction to the EU€0
Legislative Process€0
Manual Handling €0
MS Project Essentials Course€715
New Single Public Service Pension Scheme€288
Occupational First Aid Refresher Course€375
Online ICT Technical Training€10,640
Oracle Database 11G - Admin Workshop€2,950
Oracle Training €3,250
PMDS Information Session€0
PQ Training€0
PR Training€1,900
Pre - Retirement Course€0
Presentation Skills€2,200
Press Release Training€400
Problem Solving and Decision Making€2,700
Project Management€2,300
Public Sector & Family Law Pensions€351
Records Management€0
Safe Pass€100
Speed - Smarter Reading€2,225
Stress Management€2,510
Teamwork€850
Techniques for Effective Testing€910
Telephone Skills€600
Time Management€0
Understanding Published Accounts€5,250
Whiteboard Training€480
WRCS Information Officer Training€0
Writing Skills €2,095
Total Cost Other Courses and Programmes€75,511
Grand Total€222,933


  These data represent training courses and programmes provided centrally by my Department in the period 1 September 2012 to 30 June 2013 and provided by Offices of my Department in the period 1 September 2012 to 31 March 2013 – data for training provided by the Offices in Q2 2013 are not yet available.

  Training shown at nil cost includes the following: training provided in-house by Departmental staff; training provided by the Training Policy Unit of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform; places offered by training providers free of charge.

  Question No. 457 answered with Question No. 455.

Exchequer Savings

 458. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald Information on Mary Lou McDonald Zoom on Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton if he will provide, in tabular form, the annual saving to the Exchequer of a 1%, 5%, 7%, 10%, 12%, 15%, 17% and 20% reduction in travel and expenses for his Department.  [34596/13]

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton The following table sets out the Travel and Subsistence expenditure for this Department for 2012 with the percentage reductions as requested by the Deputy. It is important to note that the figure of €454,000 includes the vouched costs of flights and other forms of travel, hotel and other expenses along with mileage and subsistence payments made in accordance with the rates governed by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

2012 expenditure1%5%7%10%12%15%17%20%
€454,000€4,540€22,700€31,780€45,400€54,480€68,100€77,180€90,800

Exchequer Savings

 459. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald Information on Mary Lou McDonald Zoom on Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton if he will provide, in tabular form, the annual saving to the Exchequer of a 5%, 7%, 10%, 12%, 15%, 17% and 20% reduction in training and development for his Department.  [34612/13]

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton In the most recent full financial year of 2012, my Department spent a total of €237,564 on training and development. This was a relatively modest investment in business-relevant skills development of the staff of the Department (864 currently - 810.38 full time equivalents). It is essential for delivery of the critical strategic mission of my Department that the staff have the necessary skills. A substantial proportion of expenditure in the area relates to the refund of fees to staff pursuing business related educational courses outside of normal working hours. The percentages of this spend requested by the Deputy are outlined in the following table.

DJEI Training and Development Expenditure in 2012 - €237,564

PercentageAmount
5%€11,878
7%€16,629
10%€23,756
12%€28,508
15%€35,635
17%€40,386
20%€47,513

Exchequer Savings

 460. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald Information on Mary Lou McDonald Zoom on Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton if he will provide, in tabular form, the annual saving to the Exchequer if all his special advisers' pay was capped at the first point of the principal officer grade; if he will provide a list of all salaries, post-implementation of the Haddington Road agreement paid to his special advisers.  [34628/13]

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton Adjustments to pay in accordance with the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2013 and the relevant provisions of the Haddington Road Agreement have been implemented from 1 July 2013. The following table outlines the salary details of the two Special Advisers appointed by me as Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in line with the Guidelines for Ministerial Appointments and as sanctioned by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.

NameSalary Scale from 1/7/13Current Salary (11/07/13)Estimated Annual Saving if Pay Capped at 1st point on Principal Officer Scale*
Special Adviser€118,840€118,840€43,193
Press Adviser€75,647 - €92,550€81,676€6,029


*Based on 1 July 2013 pay rates

Departmental Schemes

 461. Deputy Jack Wall Information on Jack Wall Zoom on Jack Wall asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton when the review of the BMW region grants system will be undertaken; if submissions from interested groups, commercial and industrial interests will be permitted; the formula that will be applied regarding the review; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [34666/13]

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton I believe the Deputy is referring to the mapping exercise associated with the Regional Aid Guidelines, which were adopted by the Commission on 19 June 2013. Regional Aid, also known as investment aid, is paid in the form of grants by the industrial development agencies to businesses in order to support new investment and new employment in productive projects in Europe's most disadvantaged regions. Such aid must be in accordance with each countries Regional Aid Map, as approved by the European Commission, which has responsibility for the Regional Aid Guidelines.

The new guidelines will enter into force on 1 July 2014. As a result, the current guidelines that were due to expire at the end of this year are to be extended for six month transition period. For the 2014-2020 Regional Aid Map Ireland’s population coverage will rise from 50% to 51.28%. This is due to the overall share of regions where regional aid can be granted increasing from the current level of 46.1% to 47.2 % of the EU population. This means that enhanced investment grants can be paid to companies in the least economically developed regions of Ireland.

A revised Irish Regional Aid Map will have to be submitted to and approved by the Commission before the end of June 2014. For the 2014-2020 Irish Regional Aid Map, economic data such as unemployment and Gross Domestic Product for all counties, including those counties in the BMW region, will once again be analysed afresh when deciding which counties will be designated for Regional Aid. During the Regional Aid Guideline process thus far, my Department has consulted relevant stakeholders, including various Government Departments, the industrial development agencies, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Forfás, the Central Statistics Office, the Border Midland and Western Regional Assembly, the Southern and Eastern Regional Assembly, and the eight Regional Authorities. Further consultation will now take place with the above bodies and other relevant stakeholders. The deadline for the submission of the Irish map has yet to be communicated by the Commission.

Programme for Government Implementation

 462. Deputy Billy Kelleher Information on Billy Kelleher Zoom on Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton if he will provide, in tabular form, the commitments in the programme for Government within his remit; if the commitment has been met or is in the process of being met; the estimated time for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [34683/13]

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton The timeline for delivery of commitments under the Programme for Government, is over the lifetime of this Government. The position in relation to progress under each commitment, within the remit of my Department, is set out in the following table.

Commitments in Programme for Government

CommitmentProgress to Date
1.2.4 Reverse the cut in the minimum wageCut reversed on July 1st 2011
1.2.6 Implement a number of sectoral initiatives in areas that will create employment in the domestic economyThrough the Action Plan for Jobs(APJ), a number of sectoral initiatives have been developed or are in progress, including in the following areas:

-     Green Economy

-     Manufacturing

-     Construction

-     Retail

-     Health/Life Sciences

-     Digital Games

Details of progress on each of these initiatives are contained in the quarterly progress reports on the APJ which are published on the Department's website www.djei.ie.
1.4.2 We will create a new ‘Home to Export’ programme to share the expertise of exporting companies with firms currently reliant on domestic markets.

 

Commitment met
Enterprise Ireland has an ongoing range of services to encourage new exporters, including online support and mentoring. In 2012, Enterprise Ireland established the Potential Exporters Division. Its role is to stimulate greater activity within companies across all regions and to reorient those demonstrating growth potential from the domestic to the international marketplace.
1.4.3 A ‘Source Ireland’ portal will be developed to market Irish goods and services abroad.

Commitment met
A ‘Source Ireland’ portal has been developed to market Irish goods and services abroad.
1.5.2 We will support our indigenous digital game industry by reforming R&D supports available to the industry, setting aside funding from Innovation Fund Ireland for a seed capital scheme for Irish digital gaming start-ups, introduce a digital media component to Transition Year programmes and promote Ireland as digital gaming hub The Department is currently working with the Digital Games Clustering Development Team for the purpose of assessing the suitability of the existing R&D tax Credit to the digital games sector. The Department is also assessing the case for a new financial instrument/relief to incentivise creative content development in the games sector. The intention is to complete this assessment in the timeframe for Budget 2014.

Enterprise Ireland has confirmed that a number of the existing venture capital funds, along with those new funds coming on stream, have and will continue to invest in a range of software related projects including businesses in the digital game space.

EI’s Competitive Start Fund (€50K Equity) has had a significant impact on the early stage indigenous games sector since December 2010. Over this period, EI has completed 10 calls and has funded 16 Games companies.

In addition Enterprise Ireland and the National Pensions Reserve Fund have made available up to €250m  in equal amounts to attract investment by international venture capital funds in Ireland under the Innovation Fund Ireland . 

The Department of Education and Skills has explained that schools design their own programmes for TY and, consequently, may be providing courses that address digital media.
1.5.5 We will develop a National Intellectual Property (IP) protocol to give predictability about the terms on which business can access IP created in Higher Education Institutions and the wider digital sectorThe IP Protocol was published in June 2012, the purpose of which is to help the enterprise sector to access the research done in Ireland’s universities, institutes of technology and other public research institutions.

A key recommendation of the report centres around the establishment of a ‘central Technology Transfer Office’ to provide an effective interface between industry and the research community and to drive a world class technology transfer system in Ireland, ensuring it is responsive to the needs of both industry and academia.

The recruitment of the Director of the cTTO is nearing completion and support staff for the cTTO are in place.
1.5.6 We will promote and support investment in technology research, development and commercialisation beyond basic research supported by Science Foundation Ireland, as well as removing barriers to innovation and accelerate exploitation of new technologies. The IP Protocol, referred to above, will support both industry parties and research performing organisations in making their commercial negotiations on the exploitation of new technologies and ideas faster, more consistent and more transparent
1.5.7 We will target key technology areas and sectors where innovation can be applied including but not limited to high value manufacturing, advanced materials, nanotechnology, bioscience, electronics, photonics and electrical systems and information and communication technology. The report of the Research Prioritisation Steering Group recommended 14 areas of opportunity as well as underpinning technologies and infrastructure to support these priority areas which should receive the majority of competitive public investment in STI over the coming 5 years.

Following publication of the report on 1st March 2012, the Prioritisation Action Group (PAG) was established, under the chairmanship and political leadership of the Minister for Research and Innovation Sean Sherlock TD, to drive implementation of research prioritisation under the broader authority of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Recovery and Jobs. Action Plans to drive implementation have been developed for each priority area and were approved by Government in June 2013. The PAG will oversee implementation of these Action Plans.

A detailed Framework of Metrics and Targets has been drawn up as part of Research Prioritisation to measure the outputs and impact of funding provided, which will comprehend all of the 14 Action Plans for the respective Priority Areas, and this too was approved by Government in June 2013.
1.5.8 We will also focus on the application of technological innovation in established sectors of the economy like energy generation and supply, transport, creative industries, high-value services and architecture and construction by identifying challenges, establishing priorities and developing strategies which specify necessary actions to transition to more innovative approach.See 1.5.7 above in relation to Research Prioritisation
1.5.9 We will promote Ireland’s full engagement with the ‘Innovative Union’ proposals issued by the European Commission in October 2010 as one of the seven flagship initiatives under EU2020 Strategy, with the specific aim of refocusing R&D and innovation policy on major challenges and at turning inventions into products.The Irish EU Presidency completed negotiations on a political agreement on Horizon 2020, the next EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation which will focus EU research funding from 2014-2020 on major societal challenges.

 

The Irish EU Presidency also focused on measures to progress the European Research Area, a key component of Innovation Union.

 

Ireland will continue to engage fully with initiatives proposed by the European commission in support of the Innovation Union strategy.
1.5.10 We will establish a network of Technology Research Centres focused on applied technological research in specific areas, to be linked to appropriate higher-education institutions. The centres will accelerate exploitation of new technologies by providing infrastructure that bridges gap between research and technology commercialisation. We will initially establish 3 additional centres focusing on biotechnology, nanotechnology and high value manufacturing. Further centres from a number of other areas will be selected at a later time. The Irish EU Presidency completed negotiations on a political agreement on Horizon 2020, the next EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation which will focus EU research funding from 2014-2020 on major societal challenges.

 

The Irish EU Presidency also focused on measures to progress the European Research Area, a key component of Innovation Union.

 

Ireland will continue to engage fully with initiatives proposed by the European commission in support of the Innovation Union strategy.
1.5.11 We will support the development of an International Content Services Centre to make Ireland world leader in managing intellectual property.  The Department commissioned a Feasibility Study as part of the deliberative process around this proposal. The study was finalised in January 2013 and  following consideration, proposals will be developed  regarding the next steps to be taken resulting from the findings of the study
1.5.12 We will pioneer within the EU a model of ‘fair use’ in European Copyright Law, like in the USA, which effectively permits the use of portions of a copyrighted work so long as the normal economic exploitation of the originating work is not undermined. This will allow internet companies and other digital innovators to bring their services to market. The US style “fair use” doctrine is being examined as part of the on- going  review of copyright legislation by the Independent Copyright Review Committee, in accordance with  its Terms of  Reference .   On completion of the Report, and following consideration of the recommendations, a recommendation regarding introduction of the doctrine will be made to Government.
1.6.3 We will reform the Joint Labour Committee structure, beginning with the appointment of independent chairpersons to JLCs, who will retain a casting vote. Reform options will examine the rate of pay for atypical hours. Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act 2012 came into effect on 1st August 2012*. The Act provided for a reform of the statutory wage setting mechanisms (JLCs and REAs),

 

Review of the existing JLCs was carried out by the Labour Court and presented to the Minister. The Minister intends to publish the Review along with his proposals shortly.

 

*The Supreme Court judgment of May 9th 2013 in the case of McGowan and others,  Part III of the Industrial Relations Act 1946 to be unconstitutional thereby invalidating the registration of all REAs that were previously registered under the 1946 Act.

Minister has announced his intention to put in place, as soon as possible, legislation that will be fully informed by the Supreme Court judgment.
1.6.6 We will reduce the cost of Government imposed red-tape on business, in part by streamlining regulatory enforcement activities out of a merger and rationalisation of existing structures. We will create a Business Inspection and Licensing Authority that absorbs the existing business inspection activities of the Health and Safety Authority, and the National Consumer Agency. Significant progress has been made with a reduction in administrative burdens of 25% achieved in the areas of Employment Law, Company Law and Health & Safety Law; this amounts to potential annual savings for business of almost  €208m  million.My Department also coordinates the cross-Government measurement and reduction of administrative burdens towards the 25% target.    The current estimated overall reduction is 19% which includes the 25% achieved by my Department, and the Revenue Commissioners  and 30% achieved by the Central Statistics Office. The reform of the State's Workplace Relations Services will deliver a simplified two-tiered structure comprising a single body of first instance, the Workplace Relations Commission, and a single body of appeal, in effect an enhanced Labour Court.

This proposal developed into a wider consideration of new measures to assist small businesses in their compliance with licensing and regulation, e.g. the Health & Safety Authority (HSA) developed and launched a single licensing portal for occupational health & safety and chemicals licensing requirements. See http://www.hsa.ie/eng/Topics/Business_Licensing_and_Notification_Requirements/

The HSA also developed “BeSMART” – a free online tool  developed to help reduce costs for and the administrative burden on small business of meeting their legal obligations to prepare Risk Assessments and a Safety Statement under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 .  Current estimates put potential savings for the SME sector as a whole in the region of €60-€65m. See http://www.besmart.ie/ 
1.6.8 We will develop a Unique Business Identifier for use by all government departments and agencies that will facilitate the sharing of information within Government and reduce repetitive information requests from businesses. This will be considered in the context of legislation to facilitate data sharing
1.6.10 We will introduce new legally binding voluntary commercial debt plan structures to allow small businesses to restructure debts without recourse to expensive court procedures. The Company Law Review Group made recommendations in September 2012. Some of these recommendations are being implemented in the Companies Bill 2012, which has begun its enactment process. The remaining recommendations are to be the subject of further consideration by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation in consultation with the Minister for Justice and are to take account of the experience of the new Insolvency Service of Ireland.
1.7.1 We will implement a temporary, partial credit guarantee scheme that will provide a level of insurance to banks against losses on qualifying loans to job-creating firms to get banks’ lending again to industry and entrepreneurs.

Commitment met
Fully implemented in Oct 2012
1.7.2 We will construct a €100 million Microfinance Start-Up Fund that will provide start-up loans and equity that draws funding from the NPRF and private institutional funds.

Commitment met
Fully implemented in Oct 2012
1.7.3 We will support the development of a more dynamic, venture capital industry in Ireland by seeking to attract top tier venture financing and investment companies to Ireland, such as Silicon Valley Bank.

Commitment met
To date, under the IFI scheme four international venture capital funds have established a presence in the Ireland market. A further numbers of investments are in the pipeline.

 

Furthermore, following a separate initiative by the NPRF Silicon Valley Bank is set to deploy US$100 million of new lending commitments to fast-growing Irish technology, life science, cleantech, private equity and venture capital businesses over five years, subject to its usual lending criteria.
1.7.4 We will work to promote a greater appreciation of the co-operative model as a distinct form of organisation, ensure a level playing field between co-operatives and the other legal options for structuring enterprise activities, and provide a conductive framework for the full potential of the co-operative model to be realised, including in areas such as childcare, education, housing, energy retrofitting, environmental protection, transport and healthcare. Legislation has been drafted to facilitate this commitment.

 

This commitment goes across a number of Departments.
1.8.7 We will legislate to ban a number of unfair trading practices in the retail sector, such as ‘hello money’ from food suppliers. Publication of Bill expected in Q3/Q4 2013
1.8.25 We will seek to establish Ireland as a renewable manufacturing hub to attract international and domestic investment. In November 2012, the Government published a Policy Statement on Growth and Employment in the Green Economy which has the objective of attracting investment in the Green Economy in Ireland.  A Consultative Committee on Jobs in the Green Economy has also been established to identify emerging opportunities for Ireland in the Green Economy.
1.9.1 The Government will promote the development of a vibrant and effective social enterprise sector. We will instruct agencies to view social enterprises as important stakeholders in rejuvenating local economies. We will continue support for social innovation projects for young people trough (sic) education, community and voluntary structures. Forfas prepared a Report on the potential of the Social Enterprise Sector in Ireland.  The report highlights the fact that social enterprises cover a wide spectrum of activity and are currently supported by a number of Departments and agencies.  The Forfas Report will be submitted to Government, prior to publication.
2.3.19 We will make good corporate governance the law, not an optional extra, and enact legislation to provide for binding code of practice for corporate governance, which will be obligatory for companies wishing to be listed on Irish stock exchange.

Commitment met
Companies that wish to list on the main market of the Irish Stock Exchange must comply by law with the UK’s Corporate Governance Code and the Irish Annex.

 
2.10.4 We will strengthen corporate governance legislation and enforcement.The Companies Bill 2012 replicates the provisions of the Companies (Amendment) Act 2009 which granted additional powers to the ODCE to assist with enforcing Company Law.  Additionally the Bill categorises and clarifies all offences under Company Law.  As a result of the categorisation of offences and the introduction of uniform maximum fines and terms of imprisonment, a number of existing offences will carry higher penalties under the Bill. The Companies Bill 2012 has completed  Second Stage in the Dáil
3.41.6 We will reform the current law on employees’ right to engage in collective bargaining (the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act 2001), so as to ensure compliance by the State with recent judgements of the European Court of Human Rights.Consultation  process initiated December 2012. Written submissions received from stakeholders. Follow up meetings held.

Legislative proposals to be presented to Cabinet in Q4 2013.
4.13.5 We will review and update Intellectual Property legislation currently in place to benefit innovation, develop a National Intellectual Property protocol to give clarity about terms on which business can access IP created in Higher Education Institutions, and clarify legislation relating to online copyright infringement and enforcement of rights relating to digital communications.Re IP protocol- see 1.5.5 and 1.5.6 above

The independent  Copyright Review Committee is , in accordance with  its Terms of  Reference , examining  the current Copyright legislative framework to identify any areas of the legislation that might be deemed to create barriers to innovation and will  make recommendations to resolve any problems identified (see ref. 1.5.12 above); Re: IP Protocol –see 1.5.5 and 1.5.6 above;  Re: clarification of  legislation relating  to copyright infringement and enforcement:   the European Union (Copyright and  Related Rights) Regulations came  into force in February 2012, clarifying that an  injunction may be sought against intermediaries whose services are being  used by third parties to infringe a copyright or related right.
4.15.3 We will enact the Fair Trade Act, which will ban a number of unfair trading practices in the retail sector such as ‘hello money’ which suppliers have to pay to secure a place for their goods on supermarket shelves. Publication of Bill expected in Q3/Q4 2013

Consultancy Contracts Numbers

 463. Deputy Billy Kelleher Information on Billy Kelleher Zoom on Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton if he will detail, in tabular form, the names of all external public relations, communications consultants and organisations used by organisations or agencies within the remit of his Department since 9 March 2011; the details of the services supplied by each; the expenditure on each; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [34699/13]

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton External public relations, communications consultants and organisations used by Agencies of my Department and expenditure and services supplied, is a day-to-day matter for the individual Agencies concerned for which I have no direct function. I am referring the specific question to each of the Agencies within my remit with a request to respond to you directly.

EU Commission Green Papers

 464. Deputy Andrew Doyle Information on Andrew Doyle Zoom on Andrew Doyle asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton his plans to make a submission to the European Commission based on its recent Green Paper publication on unfair trading practices in the business-to-business food and non-food supply chain in Europe; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [34930/13]

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton On 31 January 2013, the EU Commission published a Green Paper on Unfair Commercial Trading Practices in the Business to Business (B2B) food and non-food supply chain in Europe. In response to this Green Paper, my Department submitted a copy of the report of the facilitator appointed in 2010 to explore, with the relevant stakeholders, the possibilities of achieving agreement on a Voluntary Code of Practice for Grocery Goods Undertakings. This report is available on my Department’s website at www.djei.ie/publications/commerce/2011/reportgrocerycodemay11.pdf.

  As the Deputy is aware, the Programme for Government contains a specific commitment to enact legislation to regulate certain practices in the grocery goods sector. I intend to give effect to this commitment by including an enabling provision in the Consumer and Competition Bill. This Bill will also, inter alia, merge the National Consumer Agency and the Competition Authority, update and reform competition law on foot of a review of the operation and implementation of the Competition Act 2002 and give effect to the recommendations of the Advisory Group on Media Mergers. Work on drafting the Consumer and Competition Bill is ongoing and the Bill is included in the "A list" in the Government's current Legislative Programme.

  The Government is strongly of the view that it is important to ensure there is balance in the relationship between the various players in the grocery goods sector and that Ireland continues to have robust agri food and retail sectors, particularly given the importance of these sectors to the national economy. The introduction of a Code of Practice is intended to achieve such a balance taking into account the interests of all stakeholders in the grocery goods sector including the interests of the consumer and the need to ensure that there is no impediment to the passing-on of lower prices to consumers.

Departmental Legal Costs

 465. Deputy Niall Collins Information on Niall Collins Zoom on Niall Collins asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton if he has sought and received legal advice outside the Office of the Attorney General; the number of times advice was sought per year in 2011, 2012 and to date in 2013; the costs of outside legal advice per year in 2011, 2012 and to date in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [34985/13]

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton The information requested by the Deputy for the period from 2011 to date in 2013 is set out in the following tables.

Legal Advice sought and received January 2013 to date 2013

Cost - €Number of times advice sought
72,394.177


Legal Advice sought and received 2012
Cost - €Number of times advice sought
251,538.2926


Legal Advice sought and received 2011
Cost - €Number of times advice sought
61,673.1716

Work Permit Applications

 466. Deputy Derek Nolan Information on Derek Nolan Zoom on Derek Nolan asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton the position on a work permit in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [35165/13]

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton An application for a Green Card Employment Permit was received in respect of the person named. This application was refused on 23 January 2013. Following a request for a review the refusal decision was upheld on the basis that the information on the application indicated that the employer was trading under a business name that was not registered with the Companies Registration Office. Registration of a business name is obligatory if any individual, partnership or body corporate is trading under a name other than their own true name. Under Section 13 of the employment Permits Act, 2006 it is not possible to revisit this application as the refusal decision has already been upheld on review. However a new application may be made and an employment permit may be granted subject to the normal criteria.

Enterprise Ireland Expenditure

 467. Deputy Patrick O'Donovan Information on Patrick O'Donovan Zoom on Patrick O'Donovan asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton the total amount of grant assistance made available by Enterprise Ireland to companies in County Limerick during 2012 and the first six months of 2013; the number of positions created by Enterprise Ireland companies in County Limerick in 2012 and the first six months of 2013, to include those that received funds for the same period; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [35186/13]

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton Enterprise Ireland’s mission is to partner with entrepreneurs, Irish businesses, and the research and investment communities to develop Ireland’s international trade, innovation, leadership, and competitiveness. The ultimate objective is increased employment and prosperity in Ireland. The companies that Enterprise Ireland works with are a vital source of employment in every county in Ireland.

  Grant payments made available to EI supported client companies in Limerick in 2012 and year to date 2013 is outlined in Table 1. Employment data for Enterprise Ireland are collected annually as part of the Forfás Annual Employment Survey. Employment figures for 2013 will be available when the survey is completed in Q4. The number of full-time jobs created by Enterprise Ireland’s client companies in Limerick in 2012 was 684.

Table 1: Payments made to EI client companies in Limerick

Year  (€)
2012€3,175,023
Jan-Jun 2013 €352,764

Productivity Levels

 468. Deputy Peadar Tóibín Information on Peadar Tóibín Zoom on Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton if he will detail the productivity performance of the manufacturing sector here in comparison with that of Northern Ireland for the past ten years for which data are available.  [35305/13]

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton Manufacturing is an essential component of the Irish economy. Up to 2003, productivity in the manufacturing sector grew by between 4 per cent and 8 per cent per year. Since 2003, annual productivity growth has slowed to between 2 per cent and 4 per cent. This decline mirrors a similar trend in the sector in most of the developed world. However, productivity in manufacturing has been increasing over recent years. Annual average growth rates in per hour labour productivity across manufacturing sectors amounted to 5.6 per cent over the period 2007 to 2010 enhancing the competitiveness of Ireland’s firms on international markets. In 2012 goods exports increased by 1% over 2011, reaching a total of €92 billion, the highest figure since 2002.

  In terms of employment, 50,000 jobs were lost in manufacturing in 2008-2010. However, numbers have stabilised over the last two years and there are now 205,700 people directly employed in manufacturing (both full-time and part-time), and a similar number of people employed indirectly.

  Forfás recently produced a very thorough analysis of manufacturing in Ireland today - Manufacturing to 2020. This strategy contains a number of key recommendations for the development of the manufacturing sector which my Department, along with a Manufacturing Development Forum comprised of industry representatives, are currently implementing. It is clear from Forfás’ report that firms in the sector need to reposition themselves, to invest in identifying new market opportunities, to enhance their productivity and build innovative capacity so that they remain competitive and relevant to their existing and potential customers. To achieve these aims, a National Step Change initiative is needed that will assist Ireland’s manufacturing sector move to the forefront internationally and to improve competitiveness, productivity and innovation. This will also involve Government putting the right initiatives in place and opening up existing agency programmes - that have a proven track record - to FDI manufacturing firms e.g. Enterprise Ireland’s Lean. Work in this area is already under way.

  Forfas’ Manufacturing Strategy does not contain a comparative analysis with the same sector in Northern Ireland. However, the NI Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment produced a report in March 2006 – The Future of Manufacturing in Northern Ireland  – which observed that there was over £4.5 billion of manufacturing exports sales in Northern Ireland in 2004-05; that 12.5% of total direct employment in Northern Ireland was in manufacturing, and that the sector generated almost 30% of the total economic activity of Northern Ireland businesses. I am confident that the recommendations in Forfs’ Manufacturing Strategy’s will assist Government Departments and agencies with the important tasks facing Ireland’s manufacturing sector.

Trade Data

 469. Deputy Peadar Tóibín Information on Peadar Tóibín Zoom on Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton the total value of exports to the North of Ireland and imports from the North of Ireland for the most recent five years. [35307/13]

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton The following table provides data on goods trade between Ireland and Northern Ireland from 2008 – 2012.

Ireland - Northern Ireland Trade

YearExports - € mImports - € m
20081,564.531,261.31
20091,286.23941.08
20101,326.14989.72
20111,422.011,047.25
20121,448.901,029.06


  The Central Statistics Office (CSO) provides services trade data for the United Kingdom as a whole and separate services data for Northern Ireland are not available.

Job Creation Numbers

 470. Deputy Paudie Coffey Information on Paudie Coffey Zoom on Paudie Coffey asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton the number of Enterprise Ireland supported jobs in Waterford for the years 2010, 2011, 2012 and to date in 2013 in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35338/13]

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton Enterprise Ireland’s mission is to partner with entrepreneurs, Irish businesses, and the research and investment communities to develop Ireland’s international trade, innovation, leadership, and competitiveness. The ultimate objective is increased employment and prosperity in Ireland. The companies that Enterprise Ireland works with are a vital source of employment in every county in Ireland.

  Employment data for Enterprise Ireland are collected annually as part of the Forfás annual employment survey. Employment figures for 2013 will be available when the survey is completed in Q4. The number of jobs created by Enterprise Ireland’s client companies in Waterford in 2010, 2011 and 2012 is set out in Table 1.

  Table 1 – EI Client Number of Jobs (Full Time), 2010-2012

YearNumber of Jobs (Full Time)
20103,919
20114,217
20124,063


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