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Breen, Pat

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Financial Resolution No. 2: General (Resumed) (Continued)

As Minister of State with responsibility for small business, I am pleased that the first budget of this Government is taking the necessary steps to support our entrepreneurs and SMEs. I am acutely...More Button

We need to continue to reward and encourage those risk takers who start a business and those who continue to take risks in creating and growing jobs. I welcome the improvements the Minister for ...More Button

As Deputies know, regional job creation has been a priority for the Government. We want to ensure that all regions, cities and towns are facilitated in achieving their economic potential. That ...More Button

Results so far are very encouraging. Since the first quarter of 2015, the national employment rate has fallen from 10% to 8.6% and all eight regions have recorded a reduction in the rate of unem...More Button

On the Enterprise Ireland side, an additional allocation of €5 million in competitive funding was announced in June for 48 local and regional initiatives. A further €3 million was announced for ...More Button

To ensure a very strong focus on regional development, the capital allocation to the local enterprise offices is also increasing by €4 million, from €18.5 million to €22.5 million. This recognis...More Button

Brexit will present a significant challenges for us, as many speakers have said. The fall in sterling has hardened my resolve to work to deal with the challenges which Brexit poses to companies...More Button

Enterprise Ireland is being provided with a total Exchequer capital allocation of €185 million. Some €63 million of this, an increase of 12%, is focusing on general enterprise development and bu...More Button

Written Answers are published on the Oireachtas website.More Button

  The Dáil adjourned at 10 p.m. until 11.30 a.m. on Thursday, 13 October 2016.More Button

Low Pay Commission Establishment

The budget for the Low Pay Commission is €474,000 for 2016. This is broken down into pay and non-pay elements. The pay budget is €244,000 and covers salaries for the secretariat and members’ fees...More Button