58. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the status of a work permit for a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35016/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Work Permits Applications)

Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Employment Permits Section informs me that a Dependant Partner Spouse Employment Permit issued in this case on the 24th July 2017.
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59. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation when the Bill relating to the application of the working time directive to members of An Garda Síochána and the Defence Forces is likely to be presented to Dáil Éireann. (Question 35169/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Employment Rights)

Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 59 and 65 together.
In November 2016 Government approved the drafting of Heads of Bill to amend the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 to remove the blanket exclusion of An Garda Síochána and members of the Defence Forces from scope of the OWTA and to bring them within scope subject to the application of the derogations permitted by the Working Time Directive. 
While I have ...

61. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of farm inspections carried out by the Health and Safety Authority by county in each of the years 2013 to 2016 and to date in 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35980/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Health and Safety Inspections Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Deputy asked for the number of farm inspections carried out by the HSA. However, visits to farms by HSA inspectors include routine unannounced inspections to monitor compliance with health and safety legislation and also to investigate farm accidents. Typically in any one year there can also be between 60 – 90 investigations of serious and fatal accidents on farms. The number of overall farm inspections...

62. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation for the details of the fines that have been imposed by the EU on the State for the late implementation of EU law that comes under the remit of her Department in each of the years 2007 to 2016 and to date in 2017, in tabular form. (Question 34976/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - EU Legislation)

Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am pleased to inform the Deputy that no fines have been imposed by the EU on the State, in respect of the late transposition of EU Directives coming under the remit of my Department, during the period 2007 to 2016, nor to date in 2017. 
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63. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation for the details of the EU directives not yet transposed into law; the deadline imposed by the EU for the transposition of same; and the estimated date for that transposition into law. (Question 34977/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - EU Directives)

Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): My Department accords high priority to ensuring that good performance on the transposition of Directives is consistently maintained. In that regard, transposition is monitored on a regular basis within my Department.  
Transposition is monitored through a customised intranet database which is used as a central management and information tool to track the implementation of Directives on an ongoing basis. This...

64. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if her attention has been drawn the practice of bogus self-employment in the construction industry; the full extent of the practice in the industry; the steps she will take to end the practice; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34979/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Construction Industry)

Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am aware of concerns regarding the issue of bogus self employment in the construction industry. Apart from significant losses to the Exchequer that can arise from cases of so-called bogus self-employment, the practice has serious implications from an employment rights perspective. In this respect, it is important that individuals are correctly designated regarding their employment status so that those who ...

65. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation when the Bill relating to the application of the working time directive to members of An Garda Síochána and the Defence Forces is to be presented to Dáil Éireann. (Question 35168/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Employment Rights)

Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 59 and 65 together.
In November 2016 Government approved the drafting of Heads of Bill to amend the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 to remove the blanket exclusion of An Garda Síochána and members of the Defence Forces from scope of the OWTA and to bring them within scope subject to the application of the derogations permitted by the Working Time Directive. 
While I have ...

66. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if all security and contract cleaning companies that have obtained contracts from her Department and agencies under the aegis of her Department under public procurement rules are paying the legal employment regulation order, ERO, hourly rate to their security and contract cleaning employees; the steps she has taken to confirm full compliance with the ERO system; if she has cancelled contracts with companies that have been found to be in breach of the ERO system since 1 October 2015; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35230/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Contracts Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Companies who are awarded contracts for contract cleaning and security services by my Department are required as part of their obligations under the Terms and Conditions of that same contract to provide their services in accordance with good industry practice and to comply with all applicable laws including but not limited to their obligations regarding labour law, of which adherence to Employment Regulation O...

67. Deputy Dessie Ellis asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if her attention has been drawn to serious design flaws in the loading bays at the new Poolbeg incinerator (details supplied), and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35238/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Workplace Safety)

Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Health and Safety Authority, which is responsible for workplace health and safety, carried out a number of inspections of the Poolbeg incinerator facility during its construction phase. These inspections focussed on the health and safety management of the workers during the construction phase. As the construction work is nearing completion, the HSA’s primary role relates to the occupational health and sa...

68. Deputy Pat Deering asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the status of an advanced facility project (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35363/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - IDA Portfolio)

Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The IDA’s regional property programme, which provides for the construction of advance facilities in locations across the country, helps the Agency to attract more foreign direct investment to regional Ireland. Under the programme, advanced facilities have already been constructed and completed in Athlone and Waterford and further buildings are scheduled for completion elsewhere across Ireland.
With regard to ...

69. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if she received the annual report of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission by 30 June 2017 as required under section 30 of the Competition and Consumer Protection Act 2014; if not, the reason for the delay; and when she plans to publish the annual report. (Question 35368/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Competition and Consumer Protection Commission)

Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I received the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission’s Annual Report for 2016 on 30 June 2017 as required under Section 32 of the Competition and Consumer Protection Act 2014. The report will be laid before each House of the Oireachtas after it has been considered by Government.  In accordance with statutory requirements, the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission must arrange for it to be pu...

70. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her plans to make appointments of members of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, CCPC, in view of the fact the current membership of only three is the statutory minimum membership and the workload of the CCPC requires a membership of four or five. (Question 35369/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Competition and Consumer Protection Commission)

Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 70 and 71 together.
Section 12 of the Competition and Consumer Protection Act 2014 provides for the membership of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC).
Section 12 (3) provides that the membership must consist of a chairperson and such number of other whole-time members, not being less than 2 nor more than 6, as the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovati...

71. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if her attention has been drawn to the fact that there is currently no qualified lawyer on the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, CCPC, following recent retirements; and if she will prioritise the appointment of a qualified lawyer as a member of the CCPC, as is the norm in all such equivalent competition enforcement agencies in the European Union. (Question 35370/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Competition and Consumer Protection Commission)

Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 70 and 71 together.
Section 12 of the Competition and Consumer Protection Act 2014 provides for the membership of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC).
Section 12 (3) provides that the membership must consist of a chairperson and such number of other whole-time members, not being less than 2 nor more than 6, as the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovati...

72. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of visits the IDA has made to counties Cavan, Monaghan, Meath and all other counties in 2017, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35428/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - IDA Site Visits)

Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The table sets out the number of IDA Ireland sponsored site visits to each county over the course of the first three months of 2017. Information on the number of site visits that took place during quarter two of this year should be available shortly.  
IDA Ireland site visits - Quarter 1 2017
 Region County Number of visits Dublin Dublin 82 Mid-East Kildare 2 Mid-East Meath  0 Mid-East Wickl...

73. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her plans for a site (details supplied); the timeframe in this regard; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35433/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - IDA Portfolio)

Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The IDA Ireland property in question is located in Killygarry, Co. Cavan  and consists of a 17 hectare Business and Technology Park. The main tenant at the park at present is ATA Group, with 11 hectares of land currently available for investment.  
IDA Ireland is progressing, in partnership with Cavan County Council, a proposed joint initiative for a new technology building in the business park.  IDA Ireland ...

74. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the amount spent by her Department on taxi and-or limousine fares in the past two years to date by year and amount; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35491/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The total amount that my Department has spent on taxi fares for the period in question is outlined in the following table.  My Department did not have any spend on limousine fares in the same period. The cost of car hire, both self drive and chauffeur drive is also attached.
 YEAR TAXI CAR HIRE 2015 €14,971.97 €197.93 2016 €19,905.81 €508.17 2017 (Jan-June) €9,694.93 €3,571.61 
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75. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the actions her Department has taken, in view of the recent EUROSTAT report, which found that the State was the second most expensive country in the European Union for goods and services; the discussions she has had with the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission with regard to measures to protect consumers and reduce the cost of living; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36064/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Economic Competitiveness)

Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission does not have any role in setting prices. However, it advocates for greater competition across all sectors to reduce costs (including through its membership of the National Competitiveness Council) and also makes recommendations with respect to various sectors of the economy for consideration by the relevant Government bodies responsible for a specific policy...

76. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the funding to be provided by her Department in 2017 for the community enterprise initiative scheme and the competitive regional fund to assist in the development of enterprise centres and work space in 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36094/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Regional Enterprise Development Fund was launched in May 2017. This €60 million competitive fund will support major new collaborative and innovative initiatives that can make a significant impact on enterprise development in the region/across regions or nationally to build the unique USP capabilities to grow the regions. 
Under a competitive process, Enterprise Ireland is now seeking applications for fund...

77. Deputy Frank O’Rourke asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her plans to review the Employment Permits Act, whereby an advertisement relating to the proposed employment has to run in a national newspaper for three days as required under regulations 31(1) and 44 (1) of the employment permits regulations 2017 (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36131/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Legislative Reviews)

Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): There are no plans at present to amend the Employment Permit Acts but I am conscious of the need to ensure that our laws keep pace with changing technological and business practices.  The employment permits system has gone through significant updating in recent years and the application process is fully on-line. 
Government policy is to issue employment permits for the employment of non-EEA nationals for speci...

78. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the details of each body or organisation that is scheduled to receive in excess of €1 million from her Department’s Vote of expenditure or the group of Votes of expenditure connected with her Department in 2017 for the provision of services by the body or the organisation concerned; the amount involved in each case; if there is a signed service level agreement in place in respect of the services to be carried out by these bodies or organisations; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36160/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The table outlines the 2017 allocations across the respective subheads of my Department’s Vote where this year’s funding to the Office, Agency or organisation concerned exceeds €1 million. 
 Subhead Office/Agency/Organisation Total 2017 funding provision as per Revised Estimates Volume (gross) A4 InterTrade Ireland €    7.960 million A5 IDA Ireland €179.264 million A6 National Standards Aut...

79. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the additional supports that have been put in place to date to assist businesses that are heavily or totally dependent on Northern Ireland or Britain for an export market, in view of the uncertainty that has arisen due to Brexit and currency fluctuations; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36267/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Brexit Issues)

Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The UK is a strategically important market for Irish-owned companies and some sectors – for example Food, Timber, Construction and Engineering, are particularly dependent on that market.  
In 2016, 35%, or €7.55bn of Enterprise Ireland client exports went to the UK.  By contrast, 10 years ago, 45% of EI client exports went to the UK. So, while we are now less dependent on the UK market a key part of EI’s str...

80. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the manner in which her Department has collaborated with the IFA and Enterprise Ireland to promote economic growth in south Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36474/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Economic Growth Initiatives)

Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Kildare is part of the Mid-East region along with Meath and Wicklow, and has the lowest unemployment rate in the State of 5.3%.  I understand that there are 23 IDA supported client companies employing 10,139 people in County Kildare. Building on this strong base, the Agency is targeting a 30% to 40% increase in investment in the region by 2019.  A dedicated Regional Business Development Manager has been appoi...

81. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the latest profiles in value and outruns forecasted in her Department for the end of December 2017 and any variances that may arise based on her Department’s performance against profile in gross voted expenditure at the end of June 2017. (Question 36570/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Budgets)

Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 81 and 87 together.
The total gross allocation to my Department’s Vote as per the 2017 Revised Estimates Volume amounts to €858.4 million broken down between Capital funding of €555 million and Current funding of €303.4 million. This allocation is distributed across 39 different subheads which is reflective of the diversity of my Department’s functions.
Capital funding is prim...

82. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the detail of each specific EU Competitiveness Council Ministers’ meeting at which she made the case for the need for a revision of state aid rules of Regulation (EU) No 1407/2013 to protect Irish enterprises and related jobs during the UK’s two-year exit phase from the EU and the subsequent transition phase; the date of every such meeting at which this was raised, in tabular form; the status of progress being made at EU level to increase current state aid thresholds to support Irish enterprises in the event of a hard Brexit; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36711/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - EU State Aid Negotiations)

Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Since the Brexit Referendum, my predecessor, Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor, attended three meetings of the Competitiveness Council on 29 September 2016, 28 November 2016 and 20 February 2017.  State Aid rules did not feature on the agenda.  However, in our engagements with both EU Commissioners and Ministers from other Member States since the UK decision, Brexit has been a central part of the discussions at ...

83. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of cases of bogus self-employment dealt with by Workplace Relations Commission, WRC, labour inspectors over the 2014 to 2016 period and to date in 2017. (Question 36714/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Workplace Relations Services Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Ireland has a well-resourced and proactive labour inspectorate, which forms part of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).  Inspections are undertaken on the basis of risk analysis and as a result of complaints received.
Where the WRC inspection service receives complaints in relation to bogus self-employment or bogus sub-contracting they are forwarded to the Department of Social Protection (Scope Section) ...