6. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the way the venture capital fund he recently announced will operate; the process to ensure it does not suffer from a slow take-up similar to the microfinance fund; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42737/13 asked on 10 Oct 2013 - Seed Capital Scheme)

Deputy Richard Bruton: Last May, I announced a new call for expressions of interest under the €175 million Seed and Venture Capital Scheme 2013-18, which will see the continuation of the Government’s support for innovative Irish SMEs. The scheme is targeting an additional €525 million in funding from the private sector, which will mean a total fund of €700 million available for investment over the lifetime of the scheme.
This new Seed and Venture Scheme 2013-18 will proceed by way of a series o...

7. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the measures he has taken or proposes to take in the wake of the Forfás report on the construction industry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9100/13 asked on 21 Feb 2013 - Construction Sector Strategy)

(Deputy John Perry): I propose to take Questions Nos. 7 and 20 together.
In response to the requirement set out in Action Plan for Jobs 2012, Forfás prepared a draft strategy for the construction sector to 2015 following consultations with industry and other key stakeholders. The draft strategy sets out actions aimed at placing the sector on a sustainable footing for future growth.
The issues facing the sector are broad ranging and cross several Departments and their agencies, including the Dep...