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Mitchell O'Connor, Mary

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Order of Business (Continued)

Deputy McDonald is holding everyone up. She is wasting time.More Button

The Deputy is messing.More Button

National Employment Rights Authority

Was asked: the number of inspections carried out by the National Employment Rights Authority examining conditions for individual employees in their workplaces for each year from 2013 to 2016 and to date in 20...More Button

The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) is an independent, statutory body which was established on 1 October 2015 under the Workplace Relations Act 2015. The WRC assumes the roles and functions p...More Button

IDA Ireland Data

Was asked: when she expects a pharmaceutical company (details supplied) to open in Dundalk; if it will be on a new greenfield site or an existing building; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I understand that the company in question has agreed a lease on an existing building in the IDA Business Park in Dundalk. It is anticipated, once works are completed to the building and the compan...More Button

European Fund for Strategic Investments

Was asked: her plans for potential investment projects to be submitted to the EU’s special task force on investment in the EU for the European fund for strategic investment with a view for investments in infr...More Button

The European Fund for Strategic Investment, EFSI, is an EU initiative launched jointly by the European Investment Bank and the European Commission. The initiative is designed to help overcome the ...More Button

Brexit Issues

Was asked: the member states that have representatives on the EU’s advisory committee on state aid; if she made any representations since the UK’s Brexit referendum to the committee to consider increasing cur...More Button

In accordance with Council Regulation No 2015/1588 of 13 July 2015 on the application of Articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to certain categories of horizon...More Button

Given that Brexit has created new challenges for Irish companies,   we are already working closely with the EU Commission and our EU partners to ensure that we have a shared understanding of the ...More Button

My Department, working closely with the Department of Finance, the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI), EI and stakeholders (such as SFA, ISME, IBEC and Chambers), has conducted a str...More Button

In additional, my Department, Enterprise Ireland (EI) and the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) have measures in place to address the issues for companies such as diversification, cost reduction, i...More Button

Was asked: the number of face-to-face or telephone conversations and the dates of these conversations she has had with companies currently based in Britain regarding the possibility of them moving some or all...More Button

The IDA is working assiduously, on a daily basis, to pursue opportunities for new foreign direct investment (FDI) that may arise for Ireland on account of Brexit. This process involves engaging wi...More Button

As Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, I work closely with IDA Ireland in support of their efforts to win new FDI - whether Brexit-related or not - for the country. This includes parti...More Button

Convincing companies to invest here can be a delicate process that requires perseverance and patience. This is especially the case with regard to Brexit-related investment on account of the vari...More Button

Company Law

Was asked: the reason she put forward the amendment under section 3(1)(j) of the Companies (Accounting) Bill 2016; if this will significantly increase the regulatory burden on the pharmaceutical industry; her...More Button

The purpose of the amendment to insert a new section 3(1)(j) into the Companies (Accounting) Bill 2016 is to delete section 1237 (5) of the Companies Act 2014. More Button

Section 1237(5) of the Companies Act 2014 gives the Minister the power to grant an unlimited company an exemption from the obligation in section 1237(1) of the same Act, to end the name of the co...More Button

Before the enactment of the Companies Act 2014, most companies, such as limited companies, had to include the company type in their company name.  The requirement in section 1237 (1) extended tha...More Button

This gave effect to a recommendation of the Company Law Review Group, which was agreed by the Government and included in the General Scheme of the Companies Act. That General Scheme was publishe...More Button

Given the significant changes that the Companies Act 2014 as whole introduced, the Act provided for a general transitional period of 18 months from the date of its commencement. This was to allo...More Button

The Companies Act 2014 was commenced on 1 June 2015 and the general transitional period ended on 30 November 2016. Most companies were able to make any necessary adaptations within that 18 month...More Button

As the Companies Act 2014 was being enacted (it was the Companies Bill 2012), representations were made by some companies, including in the pharmaceutical industry, and by their legal representat...More Button

In response, the Oireachtas gave the Minister a power in section 1237(5) to consider applications from unlimited companies for longer adaptation periods where special circumstances exist. This w...More Button

During the general transition period some unlimited companies did assess that they would need longer, and applied for an extension under section 1237(5). Extensions were granted to just over 100...More Button

Now that the general transition period is over, unlimited companies are legally obliged to comply with the requirements of section 1237(1) unless they have been granted an extension of additional...More Button

Section 3(1)(j) of the Companies (Accounting) Bill 2016 deletes section 1237(5) of the Companies Act 2014 because the need for section 1237(5) no longer exists.  Maintaining section 1237(5) on th...More Button

One of the main principles underpinning the Companies Act 2014 is the principle of transparency. Also, the Act provides for 5 main company types and the rules for each type are different in some...More Button

As the original intention of section 1237(5) was to create a temporary measure, it was not necessary to consult on its removal. All extensions that have been granted are unaffected and remain in...More Button

Work Permits Data

Was asked: when the review sought by an employer into a decision to refuse a work permit will be completed in view of the unusual and unique circumstances of the case; and if she will make a statement on the ...More Button

The General Employment Permit application in respect of the named individual was refused on the 27/03/2017 on the grounds that the employment did not appear to be eligible for this employment permi...More Button

The applicant has requested a review of this decision in line with Section 13 of the Employment Permits Act 2006, as amended.  The Department is considering this application together with the add...More Button

Work Permits Eligibility

Was asked: the reason a person (details supplied) was refused a work permit; if her attention has been drawn to an issue here regarding skilled personnel to carry out such a role; if this refusal can be recon...More Button

The General Employment Permit application in respect of the named individual was refused on the 22/03/2017 on a number of grounds.  The employer in this case has been convicted of an offence under ...More Button

To date, no such review request has been received in the Employment Permits Section.More Button

Was asked: if a person (details supplied) can be designated as having the required skills that will enable them to seek work without being dependant on an employer sponsoring them; and the process open to the...More Button

The employment of all non-EEA nationals in the State is governed by the Employment Permits Acts 2003 – 2014.  Under this legislation, in order to work in the State all non-EEA nationals require a v...More Button

Departmental Properties

Was asked: the number of vacant buildings in her Department’s ownership or control; the locations of same; and the time they have been unoccupied in each case. More Button

Accommodation for my Department is provided by the Office of Public Works (OPW) in buildings which are either State owned or leased by OPW on our behalf.  Therefore, my Department does not directly...More Button

Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the grants, subsidies or supports of any other kind including favourable lease terms that have been made available to the online subsidiary of a company (details supplied) as part of its recent est...More Button

Neither my Department nor IDA Ireland have provided any assistance of any kind to the company referred to by the Deputy.More Button

Was asked: the amount spent across her Department over the past five years on maintaining vacant or unused State-owned properties, including security arrangements; and if she will make a statement on the matt...More Button

Accommodation for my Department is provided by the Office of Public Works (OPW) in buildings which are either State-owned or leased by the OPW on our behalf. Therefore, my Department does not dire...More Button

IDA Ireland Site Visits

Was asked: the status of the work of the IDA in marketing County Cavan as a jobs location in the past six years; the number of site visits that have taken place in that time; the other initiatives that have t...More Button

Over the last six years there have been eight IDA Ireland-sponsored site visits by potential investors to County Cavan.  It is important to remember, however, that site visits do not reflect the to...More Button

Workplace Safety

Was asked: if she will provide examples of appropriate identification as described in SI 291 of 2013 - Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2014 - Schedule 5 (2)(b); if examples of id...More Button

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2014 do not specifically prescribe a definition of appropriate identification.

  For the Deputy’s information, ...More Button

Was asked: the meaning of "competent person" as described in SI number 291 of 2013 - Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2014 - Schedule 5 (2)(a); and if she will make a statement on...More Button

A competent person is defined in section 2 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 as:More Button

“(2) (a) For the purposes of the relevant statutory provisions, a person is deemed to be a competent person where, having regard to the task he or she is required to perform and taking account of...More Button

This definition is effective in regard to “the relevant statutory provisions” which relate to all Regulations made by the Minister under the provisions of the 2005 Act. Therefore, this can be re...More Button

Local Enterprise Offices Data

Was asked: the number of young persons under 25 years of age supported by the county enterprise boards youth entrepreneurship training and mentoring supports in 2015 and 2016, in tabular form.More Button

Since the dissolution of the County Enterprise Boards in April 2014, the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) are the ‘first-stop-shop’ for providing advice and guidance, financial assistance and ‘soft ...More Button

Was asked: the number of young persons under 25 years of age supported by the county enterprise boards and Microfinance Ireland micro loans in 2015 and 2016, in tabular form.More Button

Since the dissolution of the County Enterprise Boards in April 2014, the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) are the ‘first-stop-shop’ for providing advice and guidance, financial assistance and ‘soft ...More Button

Enterprise Ireland Funding

Was asked: the value of the commercialisation fund of Enterprise Ireland for each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the amount drawn down from the commercialisation fund of Enterprise Ireland for each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 781 and 782 together.

  Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) is globally recognised as the key economic differentiator.  RDI enables compan...More Button

Was asked: the number and value of innovation vouchers issued by Enterprise Ireland for each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) is globally recognised as the key economic differentiator.  RDI enables companies in Ireland to make products and services that are better, cheaper or mor...More Button

Was asked: the value of innovation partnerships undertaken by Enterprise Ireland for each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) is globally recognised as a key economic differentiator.  RDI enables companies in Ireland to make products and services that are better, cheaper or more ...More Button

Was asked: the value of funds issued by Enterprise Ireland under the heading of Horizon 2020 for each of the years 2006 to 2016, inclusive; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Following engagement between my officials and the Deputy's Oireachtas office, the following clarification on the information sought by the Deputy was provided by his office:

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Business Regulation

Was asked: the regulations in place regarding car washing businesses; and her plans for further regulation and licensing of the industry.More Button

There are no specific regulations applying to car washing businesses for which my Department has responsibility.  These businesses are subject to general consumer protection legislation, including ...More Button

Trade Agreements

Was asked: if she will consider the passage of new trade laws requiring more stringent food safety checks in order that trade agreements such as the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement, CETA, do ...More Button

The European Union manages trade relations with countries outside the EU through its trade policy.  This means that it is the EU not individual member states that negotiate international trade agre...More Button

The EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) was adopted by Council of the European Union and signed by Canada, the EU and its Member States at the EU-Canada Summit on 30 October. ...More Button

CETA is a new generation agreement that will remove over 99% of tariffs between the EU and Canada and will create sizeable new market access opportunities in services and investment.  It will end...More Button

The agreement covers virtually every aspect of economic activity, and it is extremely important for Ireland.  It offers significant opportunities for growth in trade for with Canada.  The agreeme...More Button

CETA will not affect EU rules on food safety or the environment.  This has also been made clear in the Joint Interpretative Instrument agreed by both Parties.  As now, Canadian products will only...More Button

On 22 April 2015 the European Commission tabled internal EU legislative proposals which allow Member States to restrict or prohibit the use of GMOs in human or animal food.  Under EU rules, GMOs ...More Button

EU Food Safety Laws, like those relating to hormones used in animal production will not be affected by CETA, if Canadian beef has been treated with hormones, it will continue to be prohibited for...More Button

I fully support provisional application of the Agreement.  Opening markets has the potential to keep prices down and give consumers more choice.  My Department is already working with our agencie...More Button

Workplace Relations Commission

Was asked: the adjudications and the findings of the Workplace Relations Commission in respect of public bodies in each of the years 2015 to 2016 and to date in 2017 that have not been accepted by her Departm...More Button

The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) was established on 1 October 2015 under the Workplace Relations Act 2015 and has responsibility for information provision, workplace advice, mediation, conc...More Button

Section 41(13) of the Workplace Relations Act states that proceedings before an adjudication officer shall be conducted otherwise than in public. Section 41(14) states that the Commission shall ...More Button

Notwithstanding the foregoing I can confirm that there are no adjudications or findings of the Workplace Relations Commission during the period in question that have not been accepted by my Depar...More Button

In relation to the Agencies which are under the aegis of my Department this is generally an operational or day-to-day matter for the Agencies.  In that regard, it has not been possible in the tim...More Button