Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (288, 289)

Arthur Spring

Question:

288. Deputy Arthur Spring asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the level of support that will be provided for Kerry Technology Park's collaborative programmes, Young Entrepreneurial Programme, Junior Entrepreneur Programme, Coder DoJo camps, in view of the disbandment of Shannon Development; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13041/13]

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Written answers (Question to Jobs)

Kerry Technology Park (Tralee, Co Kerry) is currently owned and managed by Shannon Development, in collaboration with IT Tralee. Shannon Development, in conjunction with a number of other public and private sector organisations and individuals, provides programmes that benefit the Park and the wider community, namely the Young Entrepreneur Programme (YEP) and the Junior Entrepreneur Programme (JEP).

The Young Entrepreneur Programme (YEP) and the Junior Entrepreneur Programme (JEP) are currently controlled by Nurture Entrepreneurs Ltd, an independent not-for-profit company. Both the YEP and JEP are funded from a combination of public and private sources.

Shannon Development’s commitment to the programmes for the academic year 2012/3 was €50k, in line with the 2011 commitment. Following the government decision regarding the future of company this was reduced pro-rata to €13k to cover the period September-December 2012.

My officials are currently in discussions with Shannon Development and other agencies about the future plans for Kerry Technology Park, including the Youth Entrepreneur Programmes run from the park. I expect to receive a recommendation shortly on the matter.

Arthur Spring

Question:

289. Deputy Arthur Spring asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the level of support that will be provided for Kerry Technology Park's collaborative programmes, Young Entrepreneurial Programme, Junior Entrepreneur Programme, Coder DoJo camps, in view of the disbandment of Shannon Development; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

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