Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (570, 571, 572)

Mattie McGrath

Question:

570. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of persons with disabilities that received support through the 31 local enterprise offices to set up a business since their establishment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19093/19]

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Mattie McGrath

Question:

571. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of persons with disabilities that secured employment in companies supported by the 31 local enterprise offices since their establishment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19094/19]

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Mattie McGrath

Question:

572. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if measures to ensure that persons with disabilities are supported to set up businesses through the local enterprise offices will be introduced; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19095/19]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 570 to 572, inclusive, together.

The Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) are the ‘first-stop-shop’ for advice and guidance, financial assistance and other supports for anyone intending to start or grow a business.

In that regard, the LEOs provide a ‘signposting’ service in relation to all relevant State supports available through agencies such as Revenue, the Department of Social Protection, Education and Training Boards, the Credit Review Office and Microfinance Ireland.

The Local Enterprise Offices operate on an equal opportunities basis. In that regard, information in respect of a client’s disability or otherwise is not relevant, and this also applies to the collation of the LEO Annual Employment Survey with regard to individuals employed in businesses supported by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices.