152. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation her views on whether the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has personnel with adequate experience and skills and has the legislative backing to investigate waste collection companies operating here, particularly in relation to allegations of corporate collusion on routes and areas to be serviced; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20666/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Competition and Consumer Protection Commission Remit)

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

153. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if her attention has been drawn to the job losses at a company (detail supplied) in County Kildare; if she has engaged with workers and their representatives in relation to this; the steps that will be taken to assist persons that have lost their jobs to get back into the workforce; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20528/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Job Losses)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 153 to 155, inclusive, and 157 together.
The announcement by Coca-Cola that it will be closing Athy International Concentrates, on a phased basis from September 2018 to December 2019, is very disappointing. While I very much regret the decision the company has taken, I do welcome its commitment to making every effort to help those employees who will lose their jobs. This includes redund...

154. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if the site of a factory (details supplied) in County Kildare is owned by the IDA; her plans for the site going forward; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20529/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Job Losses)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 153 to 155, inclusive, and 157 together.
The announcement by Coca-Cola that it will be closing Athy International Concentrates, on a phased basis from September 2018 to December 2019, is very disappointing. While I very much regret the decision the company has taken, I do welcome its commitment to making every effort to help those employees who will lose their jobs. This includes redund...

155. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the amount of grant aid a company (details supplied) received in each of the years 2015 to 2017 and to date in 2018; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20530/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Job Losses)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 153 to 155, inclusive, and 157 together.
The announcement by Coca-Cola that it will be closing Athy International Concentrates, on a phased basis from September 2018 to December 2019, is very disappointing. While I very much regret the decision the company has taken, I do welcome its commitment to making every effort to help those employees who will lose their jobs. This includes redund...

156. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation her plans to review the role of the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement in supervising management owner companies; the number of staff reviewing such companies; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20690/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation has no role in the supervision of management ownership companies.
The primary role of the ODCE is to ensure that company law is being respected.
There is no special body of company law which applies only to management companies or is applied differently so far as management companies are concerned. 
The legal source from which management companies derive their operat...

157. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the actions she has taken to protect jobs at a company (details supplied); the supports in place for employees that will be made redundant; if she has spoken with the management of the company regarding these job losses; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20771/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Job Losses)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 153 to 155, inclusive, and 157 together.
The announcement by Coca-Cola that it will be closing Athy International Concentrates, on a phased basis from September 2018 to December 2019, is very disappointing. While I very much regret the decision the company has taken, I do welcome its commitment to making every effort to help those employees who will lose their jobs. This includes redund...

158. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the amount allocated separately to research and development under the MFF programmes 2007-2013 and 2014-2020 and in the proposed 2021-2027 programme. (Question 20773/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - EU Funding)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The European Union invests significantly in research and innovation through a number of its programmes, with the majority of that funding concentrated in the Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation.  The amounts for the last and current iterations of the Framework Programme, as well as the proposed amount for the next programme are listed in the table:
 Programme Amount Allocated FP7 (2007-2013) €5...

152. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of industrial visits organised by the Industrial Development Agency and Enterprise Ireland, respectively in the past three years by location in counties Louth, Meath, Monaghan and Cavan; the number of visits organised to the towns of Drogheda and Dundalk by potential investor name and business type; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20228/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - IDA Ireland Site Visits)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Data on IDA Ireland site visits is collated on a county-by-county basis only. Information on the number of site visits to specific locations in individual counties is therefore unavailable. IDA Ireland does not also release details of the specific itineraries of potential investors on grounds of client confidentiality and commercial sensitivity. Enterprise Ireland does not conduct site visits.
The table sets out deta...

153. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation when an appeal in respect of a work permit in the name of a person (details supplied) will be concluded; if the matter can be concluded at an early date with particular reference to the skills required by the company in question; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20274/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Work Permits Appeals)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Employment Permits Section of my Department inform me that following the submission and consideration of additional information at review stage a decision has been made to award a General Employment Permit to the person concerned and the permit issued on 4th May 2018.
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154. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the contracts awarded by her Department or an agency under her remit to a company (details supplied) since March 2011, by year in tabular form; the cost per contract; the basis for each contract; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20310/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Departmental Contracts)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): In the time available, it has not been possible to supply the information requested. My Department will supply the information requested once it has been collated.
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155. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the commercial rationale for the sale and sale price of a studio (details supplied); and her views on whether the State’s financial interests were protected. (Question 20346/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Film Industry)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Ardmore Studios Limited has been sold to Olcott Entertainment Limited. The Ardmore site is currently zoned for Film Industry use only, and this protection is due to run for at least 5 more years under the Bray Municipal District Local Area plan. The site cannot be used for non-Film Industry development without the agreement of Wicklow County Council to alter the current zoning restriction. 
In relation to the sale pri...

156. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if she is satisfied that there are adequate measures in place to control noise levels in concert halls and cinemas; if these measures are being enforced by local authorities; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20349/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Noise Pollution)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): It is my understanding that enforcement measures by the Local Authorities to ensure adequate measures are in place to control noise levels in concert halls and cinemas in relation to noise pollution and to protect the general public is a matter for my colleague the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment.
Section 107 of the Environmental Protection Agency Act 1992 provides local authorities with powe...

157. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the capital allocation across her Department in each of the years 2018 to 2022. (Question 20443/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Capital Expenditure Programme)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 157 to 159, inclusive, together.
The 2018 Revised Estimates Volume published by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform provided for capital expenditure funding of €555 million for use by my Department 2018. The breakdown of my Department’s 2018 Capital allocation, across the various programme areas, is set out in the following Table:
 - 2018 Science Foundation Ireland...

158. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation her Department’s capital allocation for projects under way and projects already tendered or committed to spending contractually. (Question 20460/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Capital Expenditure Programme)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 157 to 159, inclusive, together.
The 2018 Revised Estimates Volume published by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform provided for capital expenditure funding of €555 million for use by my Department 2018. The breakdown of my Department’s 2018 Capital allocation, across the various programme areas, is set out in the following Table:
 - 2018 Science Foundation Ireland...

159. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation her Department’s capital allocation in each of the years 2018 to 2022 disaggregated according to capital allocated to projects under way, projects contractually committed to and projects yet to be initiated. (Question 20477/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Capital Expenditure Programme)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 157 to 159, inclusive, together.
The 2018 Revised Estimates Volume published by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform provided for capital expenditure funding of €555 million for use by my Department 2018. The breakdown of my Department’s 2018 Capital allocation, across the various programme areas, is set out in the following Table:
 - 2018 Science Foundation Ireland...

207. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the annual targets for attaining 70,000 returned emigrants as per the A Programme for A Partnership Government commitment in tabular form; and the progress to date. (Question 19617/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Job Creation Targets)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Government’s goal is to support the creation of an additional 200,000 jobs by 2020, including 135,000 outside of Dublin, and to attract back at least 70,000 emigrants. The whole of Government effort to deliver on these objectives is supported by the annual Action Plan for Jobs. 
The CSO estimates that between April 2016 and April 2017, 27,400 Irish emigrants returned to Ireland. As the economy continues to grow and ...

208. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the way in which research and development expenditure has been afforded a sufficiently high priority in Departments since the launch of Innovation 2020 (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19632/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Research and Development Supports)

Minister of State at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy John Halligan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 208 and 213 together.
As part of a coordinated European response to the challenges for growth and jobs, Ireland, along with our EU colleagues, signed up to the Europe 2020 Strategy in 2011. Under Europe 2020, Ireland committed to raise gross (public and private) investment in Research and Development (R&D;) to 2.5% of GNP by 2020. We reiterated this commitment in In...

209. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the conditions that surrounded the sale of the State’s stake in a studio (details supplied); the way in which this fits into the strategy in respect of securing Ireland as an attractive location for film production into the future; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20043/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Film Industry Promotion)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Ardmore Studios Limited has been sold to Olcott Entertainment Limited. The Ardmore site is currently zoned for Film Industry use only, and this protection is due to run for at least 5 more years under the Bray Municipal District Local Area plan.  The site cannot be used for non-Film Industry development without the agreement of Wicklow County Council to alter the current zoning restriction. 
Enterprise Ireland negotiate...

210. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the recourse available in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20045/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Unfair Dismissals)

Minister of State at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Pat Breen): I understand that in the specific case referred to by the deputy, an unfair dismissal case was lodged with the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) in 2013. The case was subsequently heard on 24 October 2014 and the EAT determination issued to the parties on 20 November 2014.
I must advise the deputy however that once the determination of the Employment Appeals Tribunal issues, the Tribunal has no further...

211. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the status of plans to appoint two further directors to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board; and the criteria under consideration for their selection. (Question 19628/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Appointments to State Boards)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 211, 212, 215 and 217 together.
The Board of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board is appointed by me as Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation in accordance with the provisions of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board Act 2003 and in compliance with the procedures outlined in the ‘Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies (2016). The Board consists of a Chairperson...

212. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if a representative for small policy holders will be included on the Personal Injuries Assessment Board and in the future appointment of directors to the board. (Question 19629/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Appointments to State Boards)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 211, 212, 215 and 217 together.
The Board of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board is appointed by me as Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation in accordance with the provisions of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board Act 2003 and in compliance with the procedures outlined in the ‘Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies (2016). The Board consists of a Chairperson...

213. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if there is still a commitment to attain the Innovation 2020 research and development intensity target of 2.5% of GNP in view of recently published reports (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19631/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Research and Development Supports)

Minister of State at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy John Halligan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 208 and 213 together.
As part of a coordinated European response to the challenges for growth and jobs, Ireland, along with our EU colleagues, signed up to the Europe 2020 Strategy in 2011. Under Europe 2020, Ireland committed to raise gross (public and private) investment in Research and Development (R&D;) to 2.5% of GNP by 2020. We reiterated this commitment in In...

214. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of visits since 2011 sponsored by IDA Ireland to Dublin that also visited Cork and to Cork that also visited Dublin, in the context of the agency’s Horizon 2020 strategy; and if the target of 50% of investments to be located outside Dublin and Cork will be reached. (Question 19705/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - IDA Ireland Site Visits)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): IDA Ireland’s primary regional development goal, as set out in its current strategy ‘Winning: Foreign Direct Investment 2015-2019’, is to increase investment by 30% to 40% in every region of Ireland. Real progress has been made towards that target over the first three years of this strategy with half of all jobs created by IDA client companies since 2015 located outside Dublin.
IDA Ireland collates data on the number of...

215. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the process involved in appointing directors to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board; the person or body that recommends possible appointees; the skill set required for the position of director with the board; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19814/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Appointments to State Boards)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 211, 212, 215 and 217 together.
The Board of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board is appointed by me as Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation in accordance with the provisions of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board Act 2003 and in compliance with the procedures outlined in the ‘Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies (2016). The Board consists of a Chairperson...

216. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the professional backgrounds of existing directors of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19815/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Appointments to State Boards Data)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Board of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board is appointed by me as the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation in accordance with the provisions of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board Act 2003 and in compliance with the procedures outlined in the ‘Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies (2016). The Board consists of a Chairperson, the Chief Executive and nine ordinary members of which six ...