85. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if all agencies under her aegis have an up to date tax clearance certificate; the agencies which do not have an up to date tax clearance certificate; the reason they do not have a tax clearance certificate in each case, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 30289/17 asked on 28 Jun 2017 - Departmental Agencies Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Section 4.1 of the Department of Finance circular 43/2006, which deals with tax clearance procedures in respect of public sector contracts, provides that contracts awarded and payments between public sectors bodies are excluded from tax clearance procedures. 
In light of this, it is not strictly necessary for state agencies to obtain tax clearance certificates. Nevertheless the following agencies under the ae...

212. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the details of any payments made by her Department, its agencies or any bodies under her aegis to broadcasters here in the years 2014, 2015 and 2016; the broadcaster to which the funds were provided; the reason for the payments; and if there are any reasons for payments to broadcasters in 2017. (Question 14726/17 asked on 23 Mar 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor): My Department did not make any payment to broadcasters in the years 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 to date.
In 2015, my Department paid €250,000 to Atomic Advertising ltd in respect of an advertising campaign to raise awareness of a range of government supports for enterprise. These advertisements were carried by a number of broadcasters
Any payments to broadcasters from agencies under the aegis of my Department are a day ...

281. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if any investments, either directly or indirectly through pension or other investment funds, are held in tobacco companies by her Department, any agency within the remit of her Department, or any agency or entity in receipt of Departmental funding; if her Department has any guidelines in relation to such investment; if her Department intends to introduce any policies or guidelines; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39034/16 asked on 07 Dec 2016 - State Investments)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor): My Department, and the agencies under its remit, do not have any direct or indirect investments through pension or other investment funds in tobacco companies.
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854. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the figures for her Department on the percentage of working days lost to sickness absence through certified leave and uncertified leave in each year from 2011 to 2015, inclusive. (Question 23415/16 asked on 21 Jul 2016 - Departmental Staff Sick Leave)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor): The data requested by the Deputy is set out in the following tabular format.
 Sick Leave Statistics 2011 - 2015 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Percentage of Sick Days Total 5.37% 4.60% 4.44% 4.28% 3.90% Percentage of Sick Days - Uncertified 0.50% 0.43% 0.35% 0.36% 0.27% Percentage of Sick Days - Certified 4.87% 4.17% 4.09% 3.93% 3.63% 
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875. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of miles claimed for and the amount of travel expenses paid to her and each Minister of State in her Department in respect of their functions as a Minister in her Department between 1 January 2016 and 10 March 2016; between 11 March 2016 and 6 May 2016; and since 7 May 2016. (Question 24300/16 asked on 21 Jul 2016 - Ministerial Expenditure)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor): Since my appointment as Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation on 6th May 2016 I have not been paid for any travel expenses yet. I understand that a claim is currently being processed by the Department’s Finance Unit for an amount of €126.57. This relates to subsistence costs for an official engagement I undertook in Brussels covering the 12th and 13th May 2016.
No travel and subsistence payments have yet been ...

876. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation to provide the name, position and annual salary awarded to special advisers; to provide details for requests, if any, for an increase above the special adviser’s pay cap as set by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 24317/16 asked on 21 Jul 2016 - Ministerial Advisers Remuneration)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor): The numbers and grades of personally appointed staff in respect of Ministers’ Offices are governed by “Instructions” issued by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER). In that context, sanction has been received for the following Special Adviser appointments, both working to me as Minister in the Department:
 Name Role Salary Mr Alan Cantwell Special Adviser (Press) PO Standard Scale (ppc €79...

133. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation his views on families who employ au pairs, following a recent ruling by the Workplace Relations Commission; if he will address concerns raised by families who have indicated that they will be no longer able to afford to employ au pairs; if he will a establish a cultural exchange programme to au pairs operating here, as is in place in other European countries; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8232/16 asked on 26 Apr 2016 - Employment Rights)

Minister of State at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Gerald Nash): There is no separate legal definition of the term “au pair” in Irish legislation, and individuals described as “au pairs”, “nannies” or “child-minders” are not exempted or treated as separate categories of workers under Irish employment law. Ireland’s body of employment rights legislation protects all employees who are legally employed on an employer-employee basis, regardless of what title is given to t...

160. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation why there is no forensic accountant at the office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement; his plans to rectify this; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6938/16 asked on 14 Apr 2016 - Corporate Governance)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): The mission of the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE) is to improve the compliance environment for corporate activity in the Irish economy by encouraging adherence to the requirements of the Companies Acts, and bringing to account those who disregard the law. The Office’s staff comprise a multi-disciplined team of accountants, administrators and lawyers and civil servants of my Department. Staffing resour...

161. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation to extend or make permanent the exemption contained in section 279 of the Companies Act which allows companies that are incorporated in Ireland but are on the stock exchange in the US not to have to file financial statements under International Financial Reporting Standards Protocol if they have filed under the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles Protocol of the US; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6939/16 asked on 14 Apr 2016 - Company Law)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): Section 279 of the Companies Act 2014 provides that in limited cases for a particular transitional period, US Accounting Standards may be used by certain companies. This is conditional on compliance with Irish company law and is subject to the company meeting a number of qualifying criteria. This transitional arrangement was first introduced in 2009 in the Companies (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009, and was later amended ...