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Bruton, Richard

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 Nbr. 3

Written Answers - Intellectual Property Rights

Was asked: if estimates were prepared by him on the potential financial and employment impact which S.I. No. 59/2012 would have on the Irish creative arts business; if so, if he will provide those estimates; ...More Button

Was asked: if his staff were aware of United States of America special report 301, which is an annual review of the global state of intellectual property rights protection and enforcement, conducted by the Of...More Button

Written Answers - Industrial Development

Was asked: the reason unemployed persons with new ideas for a business are being charged €20 and later €50 in the Dublin enterprise board mentor programme. More Button

The provision of mentoring services is a day to day operational matter for the County and City Enterprise Boards (CEBs) operating under my Department’s remit. More Button

I have asked that the relevant Business Unit based within Enterprise Ireland, which provides administrative coordination and support to the CEBs, to ascertain the information required on behalf of ...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide a list of exporting companies in County Galway that have received Government assistance in the past three years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Industrial Development agencies under the aegis of my Department, IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland, together with the Galway County and City Enterprise Board provide assistance for companies ...More Button

As this is a day-to-day operational matter for the agencies and the Enterprise Board concerned, I have asked the agencies to respond directly with the information required to the Deputy.More Button

Was asked: if he will consider meeting a deputation from the Deputies representing Longford-Westmeath to discuss the Marlinstown IDA businesses parks, Mullingar and all IDA Ireland sites in the constituency. More Button

The recently published Action Plan for Jobs 2012 is the first in a series of annual Action Plans which will be rolled out, with the objective of supporting the creation of 100,000 net new jobs over...More Button

As part of a campaign to inform the enterprise sector of the measures included in the Action Plan for Jobs, I am undertaking a series of regional consultative meetings around the country. Three of...More Button

The management of IDA’s property function is a day to day operational matter for the Agency and not one in which I have a function.More Button

The main thrust of IDA’s Property policy is the provision of high quality, fully serviced property solutions in regional locations, to international standards. IDA’s Business Parks are...More Button

IDA has invested significantly in developing its Business and Technology Park in Mullingar in order to make it attractive to overseas clients.More Button

However, as Ireland competes for investments at the highest end of the value chain, the concept of scale is crucial. Leading corporations require a significant population of highly qualified talen...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff

Was asked: if he will provide a list of staff in his Department who serve as directors of companies arising from their employment; the names of the companies involved; the annual remuneration received, if any...More Button

Shannon Free Airport Development Co. Ltd. (SFADCo) is the only Company under the aegis of my Department. More Button

By virtue of his employment in the Liaison Unit dealing directly with SFADCo; Mr Stephen Curran serves on the board of SFADCo. As a Civil Servant, Mr Curran is not entitled to receive of any fee or...More Button

SFADCo directors are covered under Directors and Officers cover which includes cover for any wrongful act by the insured in their capacity as an officer/director of SFADCo. I understand from the De...More Button

Written Answers - Ministerial Expenses

Was asked: the amount of expenses claimed on a monthly basis since March 2011 by all Ministers attached to his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I interpret the Deputy’s question as relating to travel expenses claimed by the Ministers attached to my Department. More Button

Travel expenses are claimed and paid in arrears and are reimbursed in accordance with Department of Finance rates and regulations.More Button

Please find in the tables below the monthly totals paid in respect of travel expenses to each Minister of my Department since March 2011.More Button

Table 1More Button

Details of travel expenses paid by the Department of Jobs Enterprise and Innovation to Minister Richard Bruton T.D., Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation during the period 9 March 2011 to 23...More Button

Table 2More Button

Details of travel expenses paid by the Department of Jobs Enterprise and Innovation to Mr Sean Sherlock T.D., Minister for Research and Innovation during the period 9 March 2011 to 23 March 2012More Button

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Details of travel expenses paid by the Department of Jobs Enterprise and Innovation to Mr John Perry T.D., Minister for Small Business during the period 9 March 2011 to 23 March 2012.More Button

Written Answers - Research and Development Fund

Was asked: the amount awarded to business through the Enterprise Ireland research and development fund and small projects for each of the past five years. More Button

Was asked: the number of applications made, and the number of applications awarded support under the Enterprise Ireland research and development fund and small projects for each of the past five years. More Button

Was asked: the number of successful applications by county to the Enterprise Ireland research and development and small projects for each of the past three years. More Button

Was asked: if he will detail the investments made by the Innovation Fund Ireland for each of the years since its establishment. More Button

Was asked: if he will detail the investments made by Enterprise Ireland and investments made by the NPRF as part of the Innovation Fund Ireland for each of the years since its establishment. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 279 and 280 together. More Button

The establishment of Innovation Fund Ireland was formally announced on 12th July 2010 and a call for “expressions of interest” was made in September 2010.More Button

The €250m Fund is currently operating along two parallel tracks. The €125m provided by the Exchequer is managed by Enterprise Ireland (EI). Successful applicants who receive an investment...More Button

The Board of Enterprise Ireland approved three commitments under Call 1 to three venture capital managers. On 15th March last, I announced the first investment by Enterprise Ireland under the pr...More Button

As well as its investment in Sofinnova Ventures, the NPRF have made three other investments. The first investments were in DJF and DFJ Esprit resulting in a partner being hired on the ground in Ire...More Button

On 16th March, I announced a second call from Innovation Fund Ireland. The Government, through Enterprise Ireland, will look to commit a total of more than €60 million in venture capital funds...More Button

Written Answers - Export Controls

Was asked: the checks carried out by Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland to ensure that exporters are compliant with the EU Dual Use Regulations 428/2009; if the reporting procedures are in place More Button

The Licensing Unit of my Department is responsible for the administration in Ireland of the EU Dual Use Regulation 428/2009. The Unit has regular contacts with Enterprise Ireland and IDA regardi...More Button

My Department liaises regularly with representatives of Revenue’s Customs Services regarding implementation of various pieces of export control legislation, including the EU Dual Use Regulati...More Button

Penalties for breaches of the Dual Use Regulation 428/2009 are provided for in Section 8 of the Control of Exports Act 2008 Act. That section provides for penalties on summary conviction of a fine...More Button

Written Answers - National Lottery Funding

Was asked: if he will confirm the amount of National Lottery funds allocated to his Department; if the funds are spent on specific projects; if so, the name of the project; if the National Lottery fund is all...More Button

My Department did not receive any National Lottery funding in 2011 and does not expect to receive any such funding in 2012.More Button

Written Answers - Appointments to State Boards

Was asked: if he will provide a full breakdown by gender of all appointments to State boards since February 2011; the current status of State boards in relation to the percentage of participation of women and...More Button

I have made the following appointments since taking office in March 2011:More Button

ForfásMore Button

Mr. John Murphy, Secretary General of the Department was appointed to the Board of Forfás with effect from 18th January 2012. The Industrial Development legislation provides that the Directo...More Button

National Standards Authority of Ireland Board (NSAI)More Button

Helen Curley, a Principal Officer in my Department, was appointed on 8 July 2011. Ms Curley resigned from the Board on 15 November 2011, as due to an internal transfer she was no longer responsibl...More Button

Following an open expression of interest campaign, organised through the Public Appointments Service, Mr. Terry Landers and Ms Barbara O’Leary were appointed to the Board with effect from 06 ...More Button

Competition AuthorityMore Button

While it does not have a typical board structure, the Competition Authority consists of a Chairperson and up to four other members who act as an executive board. The Competition Acts 2002 to 2010 s...More Button

Advertisements for three full time members of the Competition Authority were published in June 2011 and following the completion of the PAS selection process for these posts I appointed Mr. Stephen...More Button

Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory AuthorityMore Button

Seven appointments were made to the Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority (IAASA). Mr. Dave Martin and Mr. Kevin O’Donovan were both appointed as nominees of the Prescribed Acco...More Button

National Consumer AgencyMore Button

Ms Isolde Goggin was appointed to the Board of the National Consumer Agency in November 2011. Ms Goggin’s appointment was made in the light of the forthcoming merger of the Competition Autho...More Button

PIABMore Button

Two appointments were made to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB).More Button

One was the re-appointment of Ms Ann Fitzgerald in her capacity as Chief Executive of the National Consumer Agency, which is a statutory position on the Board.More Button

In the case of the second appointment, it was considered appropriate to have a representative from the Department on the Board and Ms Breda Power, Assistant Secretary, was appointed.More Button

Science Foundation IrelandMore Button

Dr. Rita Colwell and Professor Martina Newell-McGloughlin were both reappointed to the Board of Science Foundation Ireland with effect from 26th of July 2011. Dr. Colwell and Professor Newell-McGlo...More Button

InterTrade IrelandMore Button

The InterTradeIreland Board expired on the 12th December 2011.More Button

I nominated four new members to that Board. These members included the following:More Button

These four members were subsequently appointed to the Board on the 13th December, 2011 by the North South ministerial Council. Mr. Philip Doherty did not take up his membership on the Board, and I ...More Button

Shannon DevelopmentMore Button

Mr. Stephen Curran, Principal Officer, was appointed to my Department on 9 January 2012 and was subsequently appointed to the Board of Shannon Development on 23 February 2012. This appointment was ...More Button

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I have recently made the following two appointments to the Board of the IDA:More Button

Alan W. Gray and Mary Campbell. Ms Mary Campbell was identified following consultations with IDA Ireland to nominate a person with relevant international financial experience for my consideration f...More Button

Appointments to the boards of bodies accountable to my Department are made in accordance with the legislation under which the body was established. The relevant legislative provisions vary from bod...More Button

Appointments are also made based on the expertise and experience of individuals, the balance of skills and attributes in terms of the overall composition of the board, the gender balance of the boa...More Button

In this respect, the Deputy will be aware that Government policy is to introduce greater transparency in the appointment process. In line with this policy and in an effort to broaden the pool of su...More Button

As part of the Government’s commitment to achieving a minimum of 40 per cent representation of women on State Boards, The Department of Justice and Equality collect data on a six monthly basi...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Equipment

Was asked: the number of laptops in use in his Department; the number of tablets in use in his Department; the number of the laptops in use that are due to be upgraded this year; and if he will make a stateme...More Button

My Department’s records indicate that there are currently 81 laptops in use across the Department. None of these are due to be upgraded this year.More Button

While no tablet devices have been issued to staff, my Department’s ICT unit is currently testing their suitability for official use and to that end 5 Apple iPads and 5 BlackBerry Playbooks ha...More Button

The upcoming Irish presidency of the EU will place significant additional pressures on my Department. Staff will be required to travel extensively whilst co-ordinating activities with colleagues at...More Button