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Thu, 18 Oct 2018

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Economic Competitiveness

Billy Kelleher

1. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the actions being taken to reduce the costs of doing business here and reverse Irish competitiveness deficiencies; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42974/18]

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Brexit Supports

Maurice Quinlivan

2. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation her views on the effectiveness of the Brexit business supports currently available such as the Be Prepared grant, the market discovery fund and the Brexit loan scheme; her further views on the low uptake of these supports; her plans to increase the uptake; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42761/18]

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Personal Injuries Commission

Billy Kelleher

3. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the timeline for the implementation of each of the 14 recommendations made by the Personal Injuries Commission regarding personal injury awards; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42975/18]

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Regional Development Initiatives

Mattie McGrath

4. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the measures she is taking to address the high levels of employment deprivation in Tipperary town; the efforts being made to attract business to Tipperary town and west County Tipperary; if she will establish a task force for employment for Tipperary town and its environs; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [43005/18]

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Climate Change Policy

Eamon Ryan

5. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation her plans to facilitate private businesses in transitioning to a low carbon and more sustainable business model. [43004/18]

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Enterprise Support Schemes

Jan O'Sullivan

6. Deputy Jan O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the extra support available to Irish businesses to trade online; her plans to ensure this support is available to small, as well as larger, retail businesses; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42697/18]

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Job Creation

Peter Burke

7. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the steps she has taken in budget 2019 to encourage and promote job creation in counties Longford and Westmeath and across the midlands; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42694/18]

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Brexit Supports

Billy Kelleher

8. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if she is satisfied with the take-up rate for business Brexit supports provided by her Department and agencies to date; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42563/18]

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Retail Sector

Jan O'Sullivan

9. Deputy Jan O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if her attention has been drawn to reports from retail businesses that banks, which would previously have extended their overdraft facilities at times of the year when such businesses need extra credit owing to cashflow patterns, are now insisting that they take out loans; if she will engage with the banking sector to represent the interests of businesses rather than the interests of banks; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42700/18]

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Job Losses

Maureen O'Sullivan

10. Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if her attention has been drawn to the potential loss of employment and redundancies in a company, details supplied; if her Department will engage with those involved; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42674/18]

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International Bodies Membership

James Lawless

11. Deputy James Lawless asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if a timeline for Ireland becoming a member of CERN will be committed to; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [36141/18]

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National Development Plan Funding

Billy Kelleher

12. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the decision-making process for applications for funding under the new disruptive technologies innovation fund under the new National Development Plan 2018-2027. [42560/18]

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National Development Plan Funding

Jan O'Sullivan

13. Deputy Jan O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the way in which the disruptive technologies innovation fund can be applied for; when grants will be awarded under the fund; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42699/18]

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Gender Balance

Jan O'Sullivan

14. Deputy Jan O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the guidance given to agencies under her Department's remit to ensure there is more gender balance in terms of the leadership of the companies and research projects that are funded; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42698/18]

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Arms Trade

Clare Daly

15. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation her views on the recently published report under the Control of Exports Act 2008 covering the period 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017; and if a presumption of denial policy in regard to arms sales to Saudi Arabia is being considered or implemented by her Department. [42701/18]

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Brexit Supports

Billy Kelleher

16. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of small and medium enterprises that have been sanctioned for funding and have received funding under the €300 million SME working capital loan scheme. [42564/18]

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Economic Competitiveness

Billy Kelleher

17. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the actions in budget 2019 to reduce the costs of doing business here and reverse Irish competitiveness deficiencies; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42562/18]

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Proposed Legislation

Martin Heydon

18. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the status of the proposed legislation to tackle the issue of expiration dates on gift vouchers; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42692/18]

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Small and Medium Enterprises Supports

Martin Heydon

19. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the supports proposed to assist SMEs in County Kildare as a result of budget 2019; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42693/18]

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Retail Sector

Maurice Quinlivan

20. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation her plans in place to support retailers across Ireland; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42714/18]

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