Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Questions (195)

Dara Calleary

Question:

195. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the status of an application for funding of a feasibility study on a business park (details supplied) in County Tipperary, including if it is complete and the grant awarded; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45010/15]

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Written answers (Question to Jobs)

As part of Government’s Action Plan for Jobs: Regional Initiative, I announced details of a 5-year strategy aimed at accelerating jobs recovery in every part of the country. In May 2015, as part of this initiative, Enterprise Ireland launched a Community Enterprise Initiative. This competitive scheme was open to organisations, groups and alliances, to collaboratively seek to promote entrepreneurship, create jobs, foster innovation and export opportunities for business.

As the Deputy points out, I understand that Tipperary County Council bought the site in Roscrea from Shannon Group, and in this regard, matters concerning the development of the site are primarily a matter for the Council.

I understand from Enterprise Ireland that a feasibility study grant was applied for under the Community Enterprise Initiative Scheme. The results of the Community Enterprise Initiative Scheme are not in the public domain at present as the evaluation of all submissions is being completed. The applicants to the Community Enterprise Initiative Scheme will receive a formal response from Enterprise Ireland early next year.