47. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the progress that has been made in County Louth under the regional action plan for jobs; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5976/18 asked on 07 Feb 2018 - Regional Action Plan for Jobs)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The North-East/North-West Regional Action Plan for Jobs is a key policy response for supporting employment growth in the Border region, including Co. Louth.
The Plan is stimulating job creation across the region, by facilitating collaborative initiatives between the public and private sector, and through the provision of new competitive funds, awarded through Enterprise Ireland to support regional enterprise projects. 
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62. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the supports available to SMEs in County Louth to help them prepare for Brexit; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5979/18 asked on 07 Feb 2018 - Brexit Supports)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) in the border regions are the first-stop-shop for anyone seeking guidance and support on starting or growing their business. 
An extra €4 million in funding for the 31 LEOs in 2017 was allocated to fund a range of initiatives including Brexit supports across the country. These supports are aimed at strengthening the capacity of micro and small businesses to cope with the changing ext...