Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Questions (95)

Finian McGrath


95. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation his plans to create employment to assist the 1,841 long-term unemployed persons in Coolock, Dublin 17. [50999/13]

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Written answers (Question to Jobs)

Enterprise Ireland is focussed on job creation and export growth and offers a broad range of supports for entrepreneurs, start-ups and business growth in addition to supporting the work of the CEB/LEOs and other players, public and private, in stimulating job creation at local and national levels. Enterprise Ireland also provides a broad range of supports available to all qualifying applicants – these include Enterprise Start, New Frontiers and Female Entrepreneurs in the entrepreneurship space; Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Fund support, Competence Centre Programme and Innovation Vouchers in the Innovation Support space; along with the full range of EI supports to industry to support growth in jobs and exports.

With specific reference to the Coolock area, Enterprise Ireland has funded the development of the Coolock Enterprise Centre (Northside Partnership) to the amount of €1,225,012 and has recently funded the appointment of a Business Manager within the Centre, to maximise engagement with local start-up companies.

The County Enterprise Boards (CEBs) throughout the country provide supports, both financial and non-financial or “soft” supports, to all micro-enterprises in the start-up or expansion phase in manufacturing and services, subject to certain conditions. The soft supports include the provision of business advice, mentoring and training to all clients. The aim is to develop indigenous enterprise potential, stimulate economic activity at local level and promote the establishment of micro-enterprises within their administrative area.

Anyone interested in starting or expanding their own business should in the first instance contact their local County and City Enterprise Board (CEB). Contact details for the CEB with responsibility for the Coolock area are available on In Budget 2014, the Government has provided a total of €18.5m for CEBs to support enterprise development, an increase of €3.5m on the Budget 2013 Estimate.