Thursday, 26 September 2019

Questions (120)

Robert Troy


120. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the amount allocated to the national design centre under the National Development Plan 2018-2027; the cost of the project over the 2018-27 period; the amount expended to date for the project; if all funds allocated to the project are coming from existing financial streams such as for the national design centre; if so, the details of same; the status of the project; and the estimated end date. [39259/19]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

One of my Department’s commitments as part of Project Ireland 2040 is to develop plans for a National Design Centre (NDC) to support the potential of the design sector to drive innovation and competitiveness and as a source of future job growth potential.

My Department officials are currently consulting with stakeholders and drafting a Request for Tender for the development of a business plan for a National Design Centre, setting out a business model, appropriate budget and funding requirements, management structures and drawing upon best practice and international precedents. There has been no expenditure to date. The tenderer will be required to estimate the cost of the initiative, as part of the development of the business plan.

The Request for Tender will be published shortly.