Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (587)

Maurice Quinlivan


587. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the budget allocation for InterTradeIreland in 2018 and 2019; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19364/19]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

InterTradeIreland (ITI), one of the six North-South Implementation Bodies established under the Good Friday Agreement, operates a range of enterprise support programmes to help develop cross border trade. The body is jointly funded by my Department and its Northern Ireland counterpart, the Department for the Economy.

In 2018, my Department's budget allocation to ITI was €8.125 million. In 2019 this was increased by 17.5% to a total of €9.145 million. The additional funding has helped ensure that ITI can meet demand for its services from companies seeking advice on how to prepare for Brexit. The Government will continue to support ITI's important work, and keep its budgetary requirements under review, in the period ahead.