45. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her views on the provision of a sectoral employment order in the bus industry; if she will engage with unions and management in the area to work towards providing these agreements; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14242/17 asked on 23 Mar 2017 - Employment Rights)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor): The Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act of 2015 provides for a new statutory framework – Sectoral Employment Orders - for establishing minimum rates of remuneration and other terms and conditions of employment for a specified type, class or group of workers.  This is in effect a framework to replace the former sectoral Registered Employment Agreement (REA) system which was found to be unconstitutional in 2013 in McGow...

9. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the details of all the meetings that she has held to date with her Cabinet colleagues, with her Department, with her departmental agencies and with external stakeholders to address the challenges facing businesses in the face of Brexit and specifically in view of the decline in the value of sterling. (Question 33015/16 asked on 03 Nov 2016 - Brexit Issues)

Deputy Alan Kelly: I am sure the Minister is delighted with that. I hope the Minister will be specific in response. This question relates to the meetings that have taken place on Brexit with Ministers Cabinet colleagues at Cabinet sub-committee level, internally in her Department, with her departmental agencies and with other external stakeholders given that this is the most important topic she is likely to face during her tenure in this Department.
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20. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the steps she has taken to date to transcribe directive 2014/104/EU on antitrust damages actions into Irish law; and if she will confirm that the directive will be fully transcribed by 27 December 2016 in order to ensure that Irish businesses will be able to fully recover damages suffered as a result of infringements of EU competition law such as price fixing. (Question 33014/16 asked on 03 Nov 2016 - EU Directives)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor): Some provisions of Directive 2014/104/EU on certain rules governing actions for damages under national law for infringements of competition law provisions already exist in national legislation or in existing court rules. The other provisions of the Directive that need to be transposed are being addressed in the transposing legislation and by amending certain court rules.
My Department is working closely with the Office...

27. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the status of her proposal to offer a lower rate of tax to returning emigrants; if she has discussed her proposals with the Minister for Finance; and her views on whether such a proposal complies with European Union law on the freedom of movement of workers. (Question 33016/16 asked on 03 Nov 2016 - Tax Code)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor): The goal of this Government is to support the creation of an additional 200,000 jobs by 2020 with 135,000 outside Dublin, achieve sustainable full employment and attract back 70,000 emigrants. The Action Plan for Job is delivering on these targets.
There is demand for a range of skills and experienced professionals across the economy. But recent analysis by the Irish Tax Institute highlights that at lower income level...

28. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her views on whether there is inertia in the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission with regard to in-depth investigations into price fixing cartels and bid rigging; her further views on whether there is a lack of prosecutions for offences under the Competition Act 2002; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33013/16 asked on 03 Nov 2016 - Competition and Consumer Protection Commission)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor): The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) is the statutory independent body responsible for the enforcement of domestic and EU competition and consumer law in the State. Section 9 (5) of the Competition and Consumer Protection Act 2014 provides that the Commission is independent in the performance of its functions, including carrying out investigations of alleged anti-competitive practices. As investi...

1887. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if she will seek a supplementary estimate for Science Foundation Ireland for 2016, as occurred with the €5 million for capital in 2015; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25990/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Science Foundation Ireland)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor): The Deputy should appreciate that there are still over 3 months remaining in the financial year. Consideration as to whether a Supplementary Estimate is required across any aspect of my Department’s Vote is premature as any such consideration would fall closer to year end. 
In terms of process, if any additional monies were required across any Subhead of the Department’s Vote, including Science Foundation Irela...

1888. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if she will provide a breakdown of the €157 million provided to Science Foundation Ireland in 2015; the project and description of which the funding was used for; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25991/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Science Foundation Ireland)

Minister of State at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy John Halligan): The original capital allocation for Science Foundation Ireland in 2015 was €157 million. In addition, a Supplementary Estimate of €5 million was approved for SFI, which was allocated to SFI in December 2015. 
In 2015, SFI funded a balanced portfolio of programmes, many involving national and international collaborations with both small and large companies, charities and international funders as well...

1889. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if she will provide a breakdown of the €119.43 million provided to Enterprise Ireland in 2015 for direct and indirect research, development and innovation supports and commercialisation of State-funded research; the project and description of which the funding was used for; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25992/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Research and Development Supports)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor): Enterprise Ireland operates a range of supports to help companies mitigate these issues, and many others, by supporting them with in-company R&D; funding and helping them to engage with higher level researchers to undertake collaborative research for the benefit of the company. 
The €119.43M funding for Enterprise Ireland’s innovation programmes provide direct and indirect research development and innovation supports...

1890. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if she will provide a breakdown of the €62 million provided to IDA Ireland in 2015 through its research, development and innovation support programme; the project and description of which the funding was used for; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25993/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Research and Development Supports)

Minister of State at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy John Halligan): In 2015, the Oireachtas allocated €98 million for Grants to Industry to IDA Ireland. Of this, the Agency paid €55,595,025 in Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I;) grants to IDA Ireland client companies. For reasons of commercial sensitivity, it is not possible to give details of the individual projects themselves but a breakdown of the payments is provided in the attached table. 
Investments...

1891. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of Science Foundation Ireland investigator awards currently active; the number of principal investigators currently supported; the number that have been awarded each year since 2010; the annual budget cost; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25994/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Science Foundation Ireland Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy John Halligan): The number of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Investigator Awards (IvP) currently active is 198, the number currently supported is the same, at 198 Awards. 
The number of Investigator Awards that have been awarded each year since 2010 and the annual budget cost is outlined in Table A below.
Table A 
 Year Number of Awards Cost 2010 71 €8m 2011 30 €14m 2012 0 €16m 2013 83 €31m ...

1892. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of Science Foundation Ireland investigator awards that have been on the reserve list and the number that were funded in each of the years since 2010; if she expects to be in a position to fund those on the 2016 reserve list; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25995/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Science Foundation Ireland Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy John Halligan): The response is provided below in Table A. 
Table A:
 Year No of awards of Reserve List Number funded 2010 0 0 2011 0 0 2012 0 0 2013 5 4 2014 0 0 2015 0 0 2016 10 * 0 

No decision on funding the projects on the 2016 Reserve List has been taken by SFI. A decision will be taken before the year end and it will depend on whether sufficient funds are available to SFI to fund su...

1893. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the amount Science Foundation Ireland spent in 2015 on external communications and public relations advise and support; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25996/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Science Foundation Ireland Expenditure)

Minister of State at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy John Halligan): In 2015, SFI’s Expenditure on external communications and public relations amounted to €162k. 
This expenditure mainly comprised support for the implementation of Science Foundation Ireland’s legal remit in the area of education and public engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). This included support for major public engagement events such as Science Week 2015, which invol...

1894. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of staff that have been directly employed by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) in each year since 2010, including a breakdown of the number of staff in each directorate in 2010 and 2016 in tabular form; if she will provide a list of job titles currently active in SFI; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25997/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Science Foundation Ireland Staff)

Minister of State at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy John Halligan): Details of the number of staff directly employed by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) each year from 2010 to 2016 is set out in table A. 
Table A
 Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Number employed 51 48 48 49 49 49 49 

In 2010 SFI had six directorates and directly employed 51 staff. The breakdown of staff in each directorate is outlined in table B: 
 Table B 201...

1895. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the list of all vacancies that existed on 26 February 2016 and all positions that have arisen since included the date it became vacant for State boards or governing bodies under her control; the names of those appointed since the Government was formed; if the position was advertised and a short list provided to her by the Public Appointments Service; if the appointments were approved by the Cabinet; the positions under her control which are not subject to the PAS system; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26086/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Appointments to State Boards)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor): There have been 13 vacancies arising and 13 positions filled on State Boards under the aegis of this Department since 26 February 2016. 
 Agency Vacancy Appointee Advertised throughPAS (Y/N) ShortlistProvided(Y/N) Approved by Cabinet (Y/N) Date Created Date Filled Personal Injuries Assessment Board 29 April 2016 30 April 2016 Margot Slattery Nominee of IBEC (designated body under the PIAB Act...

206. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the steps he has taken to ensure the hospitality sector are engaging in agreeing a new joint labour committee for the industry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47228/14 asked on 09 Dec 2014 - Joint Labour Committees Agreements)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): Section 41A of Industrial Relations Act 1946 (inserted by Section 11 of the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act 2012) provides that reviews of each Joint Labour Committee (JLC) be carried out by the Labour Court as soon as practicable after the commencement of the Act, and at least once every 5 years thereafter. In this context the Court undertook a review of the ten existing JLCs in 2013 and made recommendations to me on th...

323. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if he will provide a list of all grants issued by each county enterprise board for the years 2011, 2012, and 2013, inclusive, giving details in each case of the recipient of the grant and the industry he or she operates in, the type of grant paid, and the total value of each grant. (Question 2614/14 asked on 21 Jan 2014 - County and City Enterprise Boards Grants)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): The CEBs provide capital support grants primarily for business start-ups, business expansions and feasibility studies for micro-enterprises in the manufacturing and export sector. Details of the companies funded each year, including the sector and the amount of the grant, are published in the Annual Reports of the CEBs each year. These Reports are laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas once the accounts are cleared by the Co...

378. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the trade agreements that are in place between Ireland and Colombia; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46697/13 asked on 05 Nov 2013 - Trade Agreements)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 378 and 379 together.
The competence for trade negotiations lies with the European Union. The trade agreement between the European Union and its Member States and Colombia and Peru, was signed in June, 2012. The agreement with Peru was provisionally applied from 1 March, 2013, and following Colombia’s internal procedures for ratification, the agreement with Colombia was provisionally applied ...

379. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the trade agreements that exist between the European Union and Colombia; when these agreements were signed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46698/13 asked on 05 Nov 2013 - Trade Agreements)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 378 and 379 together.
The competence for trade negotiations lies with the European Union. The trade agreement between the European Union and its Member States and Colombia and Peru, was signed in June, 2012. The agreement with Peru was provisionally applied from 1 March, 2013, and following Colombia’s internal procedures for ratification, the agreement with Colombia was provisionally applied ...

407. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of times since January 2012 that companies looking to invest in Ireland have been shown industrial units in an area (details supplied) in County Dublin as potential sites to set up business; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46707/13 asked on 05 Nov 2013 - IDA Site Visits)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): I am informed by IDA Ireland that the data on site visits by potential investors is tracked on a county by county basis. Balbriggan is part of county Dublin and, in the period from January 2012 to date, there have been a total of 372 site visits by potential investors to the Dublin area – City and County.As Ireland competes for high quality investments, the concept of scale is crucial. Leading global corporations require a s...

292. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of times sites in the Balbriggan area of North County Dublin have been shown to prospective investors in the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44792/12 asked on 16 Oct 2012 - Regional Development)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): I am informed by IDA Ireland that the data on site visits by potential investors is tracked on a regional basis. Balbriggan is located in the Dublin Region and, in the period from the beginning of 2008 to the end of August 2012, there had been a total of 666 site visits to that region. Details of the number of visits to the Dublin Region in each of the years 2008 to 2012 are set out in the attached tabular statement. 
Dublin...

603. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Jobs; Enterprise and Innovation further to Parliamentary Question No 275 of 19 June 2012 if he will confirm his plans to carry out an independent inquiry as recommended by the ILO Committee on Freedom of Association; if such an inquiry will be open and transparent and if he will make a priority of this matter (Question 37814/12 asked on 18 Sep 2012 - Employment Rights)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): In 2010, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (and IMPACT acting on behalf of their airline pilot members in Ryanair) submitted a complaint to the Committee on Freedom of Association of the International Labour Organisation that Ireland was not, in several respects, in conformity with the provisions of ILO Convention No. 98 - Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention, 1949. 
In its findings, the ILO Committee did ...