694. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if she will provide a statistical breakdown of economic activity from imports from Britain and Northern Ireland on an annual basis from 2014 to 2016 to date, inclusive. (Question 34603/16 asked on 15 Nov 2016 - Trade Data)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor): Enterprise 2025, the Government’s long-term enterprise policy is an ambitious strategy, with the objective of delivering growth over the next decade that is sustainable. The objective is to achieve full employment over the period to 2020, underpinned by innovation, productivity, cost effectiveness and competitiveness. The competitiveness of our imports as inputs to the productive sector of the economy is an important...

695. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if she will provide a statistical breakdown of economic activity from exports to Britain and Northern Ireland on an annual basis from 2014 to 2016 to date. (Question 34604/16 asked on 15 Nov 2016 - Exports Data)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor): Enterprise 2025, the Government’s long-term enterprise policy is an ambitious strategy, with the objective of delivering growth over the next decade that is sustainable. The objective is to achieve strong export performance that is underpinned by innovation, productivity, cost effectiveness and competitiveness.
According to the latest CSO Trade Statistics, Merchandise exports overall grew by 21 percent to €112,209m fr...

696. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if an assessment has been carried out on the way import duty would impact on the trading of goods with Britain and Northern Ireland post-Brexit; and if import duty will be set at 23%. (Question 34605/16 asked on 15 Nov 2016 - Brexit Issues)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor): I propose to take Questions Nos. 696 and 699 together. 
Promoting cross-border trade in light of the potential impacts of Brexit is a key priority for the Government as a whole. 
It is, of course, hard to predict at this stage what the impact of Brexit will be for all of Ireland, including border counties such as Donegal. Much will depend on the nature of the deal that will be negotiated between the UK and the EU. Th...

697. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if an assessment has been carried out into the future competitiveness of the SME retail sector post-Brexit, particularly the implications for imports and exports to and from Britain and Northern Ireland. (Question 34606/16 asked on 15 Nov 2016 - Brexit Issues)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor): In terms of assessing the impacts of Brexit on businesses, I have tasked my Department officials with making Brexit their number one priority. I am establishing a new focused Brexit Unit within the Department, and a Brexit Senior Officials Group to monitor developments across the Department on a regular basis at official level.
As chair of the Retail Consultation Forum, I am also very aware of the specific issues face...

698. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if an assessment has been carried out to examine the implications for the cost of living for communities in rural and Border areas as a result of Brexit on the import and export of consumer goods; and the future implications for job creation in the region. (Question 34607/16 asked on 15 Nov 2016 - Brexit Issues)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor): As Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, my focus is on improving Ireland’s competitiveness performance. Ensuring Ireland is a competitive location to establish and run a business is essential for job creation. Ireland’s competitiveness also impacts on the comparative cost of living between Ireland and other regions with which we compete, including between North and South of the Border on the island. Brexit ...

699. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if she will provide a statistical breakdown on an annual basis of cross-Border trade and tourism in County Donegal since 2014; and if her Department has conducted research into the likely implications arising from Brexit on trade and tourism throughout the Border region. (Question 34608/16 asked on 15 Nov 2016 - Brexit Issues)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor): I propose to take Questions Nos. 696 and 699 together. 
Promoting cross-border trade in light of the potential impacts of Brexit is a key priority for the Government as a whole. 
It is, of course, hard to predict at this stage what the impact of Brexit will be for all of Ireland, including border counties such as Donegal. Much will depend on the nature of the deal that will be negotiated between the UK and the EU. Th...

289. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of annual subscriptions to external membership bodies and groups his Department has including the cost and details. (Question 46762/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): The following table sets out the costs of Ireland’s membership subscriptions paid to external organisations through the Department’s Vote in 2015. Such organisations cover the areas of trade, research and innovation, intellectual property, competitiveness and employment rights.
 Organisation Description 2015 cost World Trade Organisation Payment of Ireland’s annual membership of the WTO. €2,018,914 OECD Ireland...

290. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of annual subscriptions to newspapers or magazines his Department has including the cost and details. (Question 46763/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): The total expenditure on subscriptions to newspapers and magazines by my Department and it Offices in 2015 was €27,823. The following table provides a breakdown of costs and details as requested. Total Expenditure Incurred by Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation on Subscriptions to Newspapers and Magazines in 2015
 Title of Newspapers/Magazines Number of Subscriptions (hard copy edition) Number of Subsc...

291. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the annual cost to his Department of advertisements placed on its behalf in newspapers, magazines, television and radio and social media. (Question 46764/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Advertising Expenditure)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): The total expenditure on advertisements placed by my Department and it Offices in newspapers, magazines and radio in 2015 was €553,264. The following table provides a breakdown of this amount by the categories requested. Total Expenditure by Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation on Advertising in 2015
 Advertisement Type Total€ Newspapers (hard copy) 82,943 Newspapers (on line) 64,724 Magazines 44,958 ...

246. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if his attention has been drawn to the serious delay in issuing by the National Standards Authority of Ireland of individual vehicle approvals for chassis cabs that is leading to a situation where truck bodybuilding companies here will have to lay off staff and potentially close up shop because they cannot afford to have completed work sitting in yards waiting to be delivered to impatient customers; if he will confirm the length of the waiting time for approvals; the action he will take to address the situation, to prevent all the customers turning to imported complete vehicles with European type approval not the NSAI. (Question 7031/15 asked on 17 Feb 2015 - National Standards Authority of Ireland)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): The responsibility for motor vehicles type approvals directives lies with the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, and its Agency, the Road Safety Authority.
The NSAI operates as the approval authority for related directives, 2007/46/EC (Under the European Communities (Road Vehicles: Entry into Service) Regulations (S.I 157 of 2009) made by the then Minister for Transport, which requires that all member states have nati...

30. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if he will ban the imposition of zero hour contracts on workers. (Question 42593/13 asked on 10 Oct 2013 - Employment Rights Issues)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 28 and 30 together.
Section 18 of the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 contains a protection for employees who are employed on zero hour contracts. The zero hour protection applies to all employees whose contract operates to require them to be available whether they work on a casual basis or not. 
This feature of the legislation covers situations where, for example, an employee is sent h...

9. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if consideration has been given to focusing additional supports in his Department on indigenous business through additional supports to Enterprise Ireland and the county enterprise boards. (Question 33497/13 asked on 10 Jul 2013 - Enterprise Support Schemes)

Deputy John Perry: The Deputy will recall that the capital budget for enterprise supports was broadly protected for 2013 to ensure continued support for Irish business and the implementation of the Action Plan for Jobs programme. This plan is about using available resources in smarter ways and achieving new forms of collaboration across Government to promote enterprise and jobs.
Many of the innovative ideas developed under the Action Plan for Jobs have been aimed at developing new opportunities...

14. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the timetable for completion of legislation for the establishment of local enterprise offices. (Question 33496/13 asked on 10 Jul 2013 - Local Enterprise Offices Establishment)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): In February this year, priority drafting of the County Enterprise Boards (Dissolution) Bill, 2013 commenced. The purpose of the Bill is to dissolve the County Enterprise Boards and transfer their functions, assets and liabilities to Enterprise Ireland. Following extensive consultations with the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (DECLG), officials from my Department are finalising the text of the dr...

124. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the steps he has taken to address the property costs to small and medium enterprises. (Question 18620/13 asked on 23 Apr 2013 - Economic Competitiveness)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): The recently published Forfás report “Costs of Doing Business in Ireland 2012” indicates that property costs in Ireland have reduced significantly in recent years. Construction costs and rental costs for both office and industrial space have fallen dramatically for new businesses, since the collapse of the property bubble. Rental costs for new leases of office space in Dublin, for example have decreased by 45 per cent between ...

138. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the steps he has taken to ensure that all job creation bodies, which seek to promote enterprises, do not pass on excessive cost to client companies. (Question 18621/13 asked on 23 Apr 2013 - Job Creation Issues)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): Enterprise Ireland does not levy direct charges on clients and at all times endeavours to keep costs to a minimum. However, where a client company elects to participate in knowledge events or to commission specific research in the field EI will charge a contributory fee. The fact that such activities are subsidised by Enterprise Ireland renders it a support to a business rather than a charge. Examples of events where Enterp...

27. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation his views that the primacy for local small business development should rest within the agencies responsible to his Department. (Question 9058/13 asked on 21 Feb 2013 - Local Enterprise Offices)

Deputy Richard Bruton: I propose to take Questions Nos. 11 and 27 together.
The prepared reply is very similar to the one earlier delivered by the Minister of State, Deputy Perry. Let me paraphrase it rather than reading it again.
 ...

40. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the total number of new Enterprise Ireland and Industrial Development Agency jobs announced for each of the past five years; the number of these jobs that were filled; and the number left unfilled. (Question 9045/13 asked on 21 Feb 2013 - Job Creation Numbers)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Forfás Annual Employment Survey reports on job gains and losses in companies that are supported by the enterprise development agencies but does not collect data relating to unfilled posts. The number of job announcements together with associated potential job numbers in IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland’s client companies in each of the past five years are set out in the attached tables, as are details of the actual numb...

12. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the steps taken by him to create employment of those at risk of emigration. (Question 3236/13 asked on 24 Jan 2013 - Action Plan for Jobs)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): The entire focus of the Action Plan for Jobs is on protecting existing jobs and supporting the creation of new ones. This is the most effective strategy to address the risk of emigration. It is designed to achieve a transition from an economy which became dependent on activities that were unsustainable and where over 300,000 jobs had been lost in the three years prior to March 2011. 
The Action Plan for Jobs contained a wide...

47. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the impact of continued emigration on the labour market and available skills. (Question 3235/13 asked on 24 Jan 2013 - Skills Shortages)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): Net-outward migration flows have contributed to the reduction in the labour force over the course of the recession. Between April 2008 and April 2012 the CSO estimate that there was net-outward migration of 41,000 for the 15+ age group. As of April 2012, net-outward migration for the working age population was 34,000, made up of an outflow of 87,000 and an inflow of 53,000. Not surprisingly, these flows were largely accounte...

228. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the reason a project (details supplied) in Dublin 8 was informed by the county enterprise board that they do not qualify for funding from the National Lottery in respect of their restoration project. (Question 55328/12 asked on 11 Dec 2012 - National Lottery Funding Applications)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton)(Deputy Richard Bruton): The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation has no decision making role in relation to the distribution of National Lottery funding to community based projects. Nor indeed do the County and City Enterprise Boards (CEBs). The funding available from the CEBs is aimed towards providing assistance to commercially viable micro-enterprises in the start-up and expansion phases with priority being given to...

12. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the way he intends to safeguard the rights of migrant workers under the workplace relations legislation. (Question 51889/12 asked on 22 Nov 2012 - Employment Rights Issues)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): The State has a significant body of employment rights legislation designed to protect workers. There is no distinction made under this legislation between workers on grounds as to whether or not they are classified as European Economic Area workers or migrant workers. 
The State provides a number of mechanisms through which these statutory employment rights can be vindicated and enforced. 
NERA seeks to secure compliance with...

19. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if he will provide a timeframe for the introduction of the new workplace relations legislation. (Question 51890/12 asked on 22 Nov 2012 - Proposed Legislation)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Government is committed to reform of the State’s Workplace Relations Services. The system that developed over the last sixty years had become unwieldy and complex; it lacked consistency, involved long delays and in some cases proved expensive for users.
In short, the system was no longer fit for purpose and it was for this reason that I have commenced a root-and-branch reform with the objective of establishing a world-clas...