222. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of staff recruited in Enterprise Ireland, local enterprise offices, LEOs, InterTradeIreland and IDA Ireland since the Brexit referendum in June 2016, by new staff hires and replacement staff in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20100/18 asked on 08 May 2018)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): As the Deputy will be aware, an additional €3 million was secured for my Department in respect of Pay in Budget 2017 targeted specifically to assist with increased staffing needs for the Department and a number of our Agencies to deal with the evolving Brexit scenario.  In Budget 2018, an additional pay allocation of a further €3 million was gained for further strengthening staff resources in respect of Brexit, within the Department and some of its Agencies. These funds have, and are, enabling the Department and, primarily, our Agencies to recruit additional staff to supplement existing staffing numbers in the context of the workload associated with Brexit. 

It is important to note however that the work of very many Business Units both within my Department and its Agencies are impacted by Brexit and are working on responding to it despite not being recruited specifically for this purpose.

The specific information requested by the Deputy in relation to recruitment in Enterprise Ireland, the Local Enterprise Offices, InterTradeIreland and the IDA has been sought, and will be supplied separately as soon as it is available.