Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Questions (381, 382, 383, 384)

Arthur Spring

Question:

381. Deputy Arthur Spring asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the total amount of regional aid money given to the Border Regional Authority for start-up of small, medium and large businesses during the present regional aid map 2007-2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8661/13]

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Arthur Spring

Question:

382. Deputy Arthur Spring asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the total amount of regional aid money given to the West Regional Authority for start-up of small, medium and large businesses during the present regional aid map 2007-2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8662/13]

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Arthur Spring

Question:

383. Deputy Arthur Spring asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the total amount of regional aid money given to the Midlands Regional Authority for start-up of small, medium and large businesses during the present regional aid map 2007-2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8663/13]

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Arthur Spring

Question:

384. Deputy Arthur Spring asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the total amount of regional aid money given to the Mid-East Regional Authority for start-up of small, medium and large businesses during the present regional aid map 2007-2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8664/13]

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Written answers (Question to Jobs)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 381 to 384, inclusive, together.

Regional Aid, also known as investment aid, is paid in the form of grants by the industrial development agencies to businesses in order to support new investment and new employment in productive projects. Such aid must be in accordance with the Regional Aid Map 2007-13 approved by the European Commission. This Map was drawn up in accordance with the Commission’s Regional Aid Guidelines 2007-2013. The eligible regions and applicable aid rates in Ireland for the 7 year period are set out in the Irish map which is available on my Departments website, and attached at the end of this answer. The questions posed by the Deputy require a significant volume of information to be gathered and collated. It has not been possible to collate the information within the timeframe given. Consequently, my Department will provide the information to the Deputy as soon as possible in written format.

Regional Aid Map 2007-2013 – IRELAND (as reviewed by Commission Decision

N130/2010 – Official Journal c 226/5 21.8.2010)

BORDER, MIDLANDS and WEST REGION

Large Firms

Period

2007-2010

2011-2013

Aid Rate

(Gross Grant Equivalent)

30%

15%

Medium Firms

Period

2007-2010

2011-2013

Aid Rate

(Gross Grant Equivalent)

40%

25%

Small Firms

Period

2007- 2010

2011-2013

Aid Rate

(Gross Grant Equivalent)

50%

35%

SOUTHERN & EASTERN REGION

LARGE FIRMS

Area

Period

Aid Rate

(Gross Grant Equivalent)

South East sub-Region

(Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Waterford, South Tipperary) and designated islands 1

2007-2013

10%

Mid West

(Clare, Limerick, North Tipperary 2)

2007-2013

10%

Kerry,

Cork (entire county)

2007-2008

10%

2009-2013

0%

1. Bear, Cleire, Dursey, Heir, Long, Sherkin, Whiddy

2. As a result of Commission Decision N 130/2010, large investment aid for investment projects with eligible expenditure exceeding €25 million is once again permitted for these three counties. Prior to the decision, such aid had only been allowed up until the end of 2008.

Medium Firms

Area

Period

Aid Rate

(Gross Grant Equivalent)

South East sub-Region

(Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Waterford, South Tipperary) and designated islands

2007 - 2013

20%

Mid West

(Clare, Limerick, North Tipperary)

2007 - 2013

20%

Kerry,

Cork Urban Regeneration Area

2007 - 2013

20% 3

Cork (apart from Urban Regeneration Area)

2007-2008

20%

2009-2013

0%

Small Firms

Area

Period

Aid Rate

(Gross Grant Equivalent)

South East sub-Region

(Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Waterford, South Tipperary) and designated islands

2007-2013

30%

Mid-West

(Clare, Limerick, North Tipperary)

2007 - 2013

30%

Kerry,

Cork Urban Regeneration Area

2007 - 2013

30% 3

Cork (apart from Urban Regeneration Area)

2007-2008

30%

2009-2013

0%

Lower aid rates apply to Large Investment Projects (i. e. > €50 million)

3. From 2009-2013 no aid may be awarded in these counties for investment projects with eligible expenditure exceeding EUR 25 million