217. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the projected number of extra jobs targeted in each nomenclature of units for territorial statistics 3 region by 2020, by year, in tabular form, as envisaged under the programme for Government; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11149/16 asked on 19 May 2016 - Action Plan for Jobs)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor): The Programme for Partnership Government provides, inter alia, that the ultimate goal of the Government will be to deliver sustainable full employment by 2020. In this context, the Government is committed to the implementation of the Regional Action Plans for Jobs, with local input, to help spread growth to all areas. The Regional Action Plan initiative brings the different stakeholders in each of the 8 NUTS III regi...

41. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation his targets to reduce long-term unemployment in terms of specific numbers and percentages in each of the years 2016 to 2020; and the measure that will be taken to achieve this. (Question 4530/16 asked on 03 Feb 2016 - Action Plan for Jobs)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): The goal of this Government has been to replace all of the jobs lost during the economic crisis and deliver sustainable full employment by the end of 2018. This whole of Government effort has been integrated into the Action Plan for Jobs process which aims to strengthen the enterprise base, support entrepreneurship and start-ups, regain Ireland’s lost competitiveness and ensure the potential of the regions for development and ...

200. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the activities his Department paid for in promoting the Action Plan for Jobs and the various regional Action Plans for Jobs in each of the years since the plan was launched in 2012, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1964/16 asked on 19 Jan 2016 - Action Plan for Jobs)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): The costs borne directly by the Department associated with the promotion of the annual Action Plan for Jobs since 2012 and the Regional Action Plans launched in 2015 are outlined in a table. Costs are inclusive of value added tax.
 Promotion - Action Plan for Jobs 2012 2013 2014 2015 Design work, event staging and venue hire €3,072.87 €2,361.60 €7,487.62 €7,810.27 Photography at APJ launches & Quarterly up...

4. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation as the lead Minister for the Action Plan for Jobs, the steps he will take, following Ireland’s continued decline in global rankings, to ease the transaction of business and Irish competitiveness levels; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38078/15 asked on 04 Nov 2015 - Action Plan for Jobs)

Deputy Dara Calleary: We have discussed the report of the National Competitiveness Council and its concerns. The report refers to the environment for entrepreneurship being poor in international competitiveness, particularly in reducing the time, complexities and procedures associated with enterprise start-ups.
10 o’clockThe World Bank’s competitiveness rankings show it is becoming harder to start a business, obtain credit for business and resolve insolvency in Ireland. What are the Minister’s...

363. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the annual spend on each regional action plan for jobs; for a breakdown on specific spending plans; the anticipated procurement plan for each regional project; the persons and bodies responsible for implementing each regional plan; the deadlines and targets for each plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37914/15 asked on 03 Nov 2015 - Action Plan for Jobs)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): In launching the Action Plan for Jobs Regional initiative earlier this year, the Government announced that funding of up to €250 million will be made available over the next five years to support job creation through enterprise growth in the regions. It is the intention that IDA Ireland will deliver a Regional Property Programme of €150 million and a further sum of up to €100 million will be made available through Enterprise I...

136. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Finance considering he is the lead Minister for the Action Plan for Jobs, the steps he will take following the latest National Competitiveness Council report entitled Costs of Doing Business in Ireland 2015 which outlines that new business interest rates for non-financial corporations are up to 81% higher here than elsewhere in the Euro area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18356/15 asked on 23 Jun 2015 - Action Plan for Jobs)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): The Deputy should note that my colleague the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation is the lead Minister in relation to the annual Action Plan for Jobs. 
I assume the Deputy is referring to the “Credit and Financial Costs” chapter of the National Competitiveness Council report Costs of Doing Business in Ireland 2015, which actually states that “in November 2014, loans of up to €1 million (often used as a proxy for the rate applying to SME loans...

4. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation his views on the disparity in job creation in spreading a balanced recovery to all regions, considering the Western Development Commission’s latest findings, that between 2012 and 2014, job numbers declined in 7 of the 14 sectors in the Western Region, and the Western Region performed worse than the rest of the State in all sectors; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18468/15 asked on 13 May 2015 - Action Plan for Jobs)

Deputy Dara Calleary: The recent Western Development Commission report points out what we all know, that there is no sense of any kind of balanced recovery happening in the economy. Between 2012 and 2014, a period the Minister likes to quote as being a growth-powered time in the economy, employment declined in seven of the 14 sectors in the western region. Across a range of headings, the western region is way behind any kind of regional recovery. The Minister mentioned the Action Plan for Job...

333. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation his Department’s planned introduction of an early warning mechanism on key economic trends, and planned monthly data series to track employment and cost trends; the consultation he had with stakeholders; if he will provide a breakdown on the monthly information he plans to publish; if companies have concerns on the introduction of this system; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15630/15 asked on 21 Apr 2015 - Action Plan for Jobs)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): As part of the Action Plan for jobs we have set ambitious targets for job creation and to get the economy to sustainable full employment by 2018 with 2.1 million at work, to restore Ireland’s competitiveness and to sustain progress on making Ireland the best small country in which to do business. 
As part of the 2015 Action Plan for Jobs I have established a new framework for monitoring and tracking our performance in relation...

334. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation regarding his Department’s planned introduction of an early warning mechanism on key economic trends, and planned monthly data series to track employment and cost trends, if there was an analysis completed on the industrial relations implications where companies are unionised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15631/15 asked on 21 Apr 2015 - Action Plan for Jobs)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Action Plan for jobs sets ambitious targets for job creation and enterprise growth over the period to 2018, most notably to achieve sustainable full employment with 2.1 million at work, to restore Ireland’s competitiveness and to continue to make progress to make Ireland the best small country in which to do business. 
In the 2015 Action Plan for Jobs I have established a new framework for monitoring and tracking our perfo...

249. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the total amount of moneys paid by his Department to external consultants, professional companies or advisers in relation to the jobs action plan in each year since and including 2012; if he will provide in a tabular form the list of those organisations who received money; his Department’s procurement policy regarding this work; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1140/15 asked on 14 Jan 2015 - Action Plan for Jobs)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Action Plan for Jobs is a multi-annual strategy initiated in 2012 to ensure a cross-government approach to optimising the environment for enterprise, such that a net additional 100,000 jobs will be created by 2016. 
The Action Plans are prepared using internal staff and resources of my Department and those formerly of Forfás. My Department formulates the Plan and co-ordinates the inputs of other government departments ...

11. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the progress that has been made in the establishment of a national health innovation hub as promised under the action plan for jobs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48140/14 asked on 17 Dec 2014 - Action Plan for Jobs)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): In 2014 the National Project Team for the National Health Innovation Hub finalised recommendations on the optimum arrangements for establishing the national Hub. These arrangements were arrived at by taking into consideration the experience to date of the (pilot) Demonstrator Project in Cork, and the outcome of an independent evaluation of the Demonstrator Project carried out by consultants during 2014. The consultants concl...

24. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the progress achieved in respect of the target under the action plan for jobs to reduce the regulatory burden by delivering an integrated licensing application service for the retail sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48137/14 asked on 17 Dec 2014 - Action Plan for Jobs)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): The introduction of an Integrated Licence Application Service was a disruptive reform in the Action Plan for Jobs 2013 with the delivery of such a service to the retail sector by Q4 2013. A Steering Group, chaired by the Minister for Business and Employment, with membership from the key licensing authorities, including Revenue, Local Authorities, Inland Fisheries, Irish Film Classification Office, and the Office of Tobacco Con...

10. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the progress made to date on implementing the report of the Entrepreneurship Forum; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23792/14 asked on 05 Jun 2014 - Action Plan for Jobs)

Deputy Dara Calleary: This question is on the report of the Entrepreneurship Forum, which was published in the usual style, as the Taoiseach arrived and did a press conference, high-fived everyone, and told them they were great. That was on 23 January. It is now five and a half months later and we have had nothing. Will the Minister update us on the implementation of the recommendations and where the report is at?
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90. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if he will provide in tabular form the number, venue, list of speakers and chairs for the recent series of seminars entitled Action Plan for Jobs Regional Forum; the reason the particular chairs were chosen for each seminar; the Department and agency expenditure on each seminar; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11202/14 asked on 06 Mar 2014 - Action Plan for Jobs)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): As part of the Action Plan for Jobs consultation process, I have initiated a series of regional meetings across the country. 
The purpose of each meeting is to outline the Government’s approach to the creation of employment and to promote increased take up of the new and existing supports which are available, such as the Micro Finance fund and the Credit Guarantee Scheme, to small and medium sized business to help them start-u...

343. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if there was an improved availability of skills required for the manufacturing sector in the Irish labour force during 2013; if he has engaged with the Department of Education and Skills to improve foreign language skills; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4191/14 asked on 28 Jan 2014 - Action Plan for Jobs)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 343 and 346 together.
I initiated an analysis of the skills requirements for the manufacturing sector in 2012, and this was published in April last. This report, by the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs/Forfas was developed in tandem with a wider Strategy for the Manufacturing sector up to 2020, launched at the same time.
In relation to skills, a wide range of recommendations on many aspects ...

346. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the net number of jobs that were created in the manufacturing sector during 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4197/14 asked on 28 Jan 2014 - Action Plan for Jobs)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 343 and 346 together.
I initiated an analysis of the skills requirements for the manufacturing sector in 2012, and this was published in April last. This report, by the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs/Forfas was developed in tandem with a wider Strategy for the Manufacturing sector up to 2020, launched at the same time.
In relation to skills, a wide range of recommendations on many aspects ...

460. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the number of jobs that were created and supported in 2013 through the energy efficiency measures promised in the Action Plan for Jobs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4186/14 asked on 28 Jan 2014 - Action Plan for Jobs)

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Pat Rabbitte): Energy Efficiency is an established services sector in Ireland, one that is labour intensive and represents a great opportunity for business and the public sector to reduce costs, improve competitiveness and thereby protect and support jobs. The potential of energy efficiency in terms of the delivery of jobs is underscored by the inclusion of the objective of transforming Ireland into one of the most energy efficie...

1. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the date on which the next action plan on jobs will be published; if it will align job creation targets with each initiative for each Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9430/13 asked on 21 Feb 2013 - Action Plan for Jobs)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): In recent months, I have been working with my colleagues in government on compiling the 2013 action plan for jobs. The plan has been approved by the Government and will be launched in the coming days. I should point out that the current plan was introduced against a background of an average of 90,000 jobs being lost in the economy per year.
The challenge is to facilitate a transition from an economy built on unsustainable pi...

114. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if the next action plan on jobs will include specific regional measures in view of the geographical disparity in unemployment rates; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9432/13 asked on 21 Feb 2013 - Action Plan for Jobs)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Action Plan for Jobs is a national plan, aimed at providing a supporting operating environment for businesses to start up and expand.
The Action Plan does not include specific regional sub-plans. However, many of the actions which will be contained in the 2013 Plan will have a positive impact at regional and local level. 
For example, the restructuring of the CEBs and the establishment of the Local Enterprise Offices will...

409. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Social Protection her plans to tackle the crisis of long-term unemployment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51849/12 asked on 29 Jan 2013 - Action Plan for Jobs)

Minister for Social Protection(Deputy Joan Burton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 409 to 411, inclusive, 416, 422 and 425 together.
The unemployment rate is currently 14.6% and while it has stabilised after several years of increases, the rate remains unacceptably high. It is of additional concern that long-term unemployment (defined as being unemployed for a year or more) accounted for 60% (193,000) of total unemployment in Q3 2012, and for almost half of all unemployment among young people....

410. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Social Protection her strategy to reduce long term unemployment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51861/12 asked on 29 Jan 2013 - Action Plan for Jobs)

Minister for Social Protection(Deputy Joan Burton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 409 to 411, inclusive, 416, 422 and 425 together.
The unemployment rate is currently 14.6% and while it has stabilised after several years of increases, the rate remains unacceptably high. It is of additional concern that long-term unemployment (defined as being unemployed for a year or more) accounted for 60% (193,000) of total unemployment in Q3 2012, and for almost half of all unemployment among young people....

411. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Social Protection the measures she is putting in place to reduce long term unemployment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51866/12 asked on 29 Jan 2013 - Action Plan for Jobs)

Minister for Social Protection(Deputy Joan Burton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 409 to 411, inclusive, 416, 422 and 425 together.
The unemployment rate is currently 14.6% and while it has stabilised after several years of increases, the rate remains unacceptably high. It is of additional concern that long-term unemployment (defined as being unemployed for a year or more) accounted for 60% (193,000) of total unemployment in Q3 2012, and for almost half of all unemployment among young people....

1. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation his assessment of the impact to date of the Action Plan on Jobs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3563/13 asked on 24 Jan 2013 - Action Plan for Jobs)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): Action Plan for Jobs is designed to deliver measures right across Government to protect existing jobs and support the creation of new ones. It is a key instrument in our objective to transform the economy from one that became over-dependent on property, construction and debt to one focused on enterprise, innovation and exports. Because it involves a very large number of actions across different spheres, the impact of Action ...

119. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of Government Departments and State agencies that have agreed to participate in procuring innovation initiative since mid-2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3400/13 asked on 23 Jan 2013 - Action Plan for Jobs)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Deputy Richard Bruton The Procuring Innovation Initiative is one of the measures included in the Action Plan for Jobs to improve access by SMEs to public procurement opportunities. The initiative promotes a new approaching to procurement on the part of Contracting Authorities by encouraging them to tender for a solution to a particular requirement, without being overly prescriptive as to what the solution might be.
The objective is to allow greater s...

123. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the progress that has been made in examining the potential to establish a national community investment fund to create employment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3402/13 asked on 23 Jan 2013 - Action Plan for Jobs)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Deputy Richard Bruton The 2012 Action Plan for Jobs included an undertaking to examine the potential to establish a national Community Investment Fund to promote the creation of employment at a local level. It was envisaged that one-to-one matching funding from the community and/or private sector would be a condition of this fund. 
The establishment of such a fund would, of course, be contingent on the availability of Exchequer resources. Given the ...