Thursday, 18 April 2013

Ceisteanna (123)

Brendan Griffin


123. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if he will intervene to ensure a satisfactory management model for Kerry Technology Park, Tralee; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18005/13]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Jobs)

Kerry Technology Park, Tralee, Co Kerry is currently owned and managed by Shannon Development, in collaboration with Tralee Institute of Technology. Shannon Development, in conjunction with a number of other public and private sector organisations and individuals, provides programmes that benefit the Park and the wider community, namely the Young Entrepreneur Programme (YEP) and the Junior Entrepreneur Programme (JEP).

The Young Entrepreneur Programme (YEP) and the Junior Entrepreneur Programme (JEP) are currently controlled by Nurture Entrepreneurs Ltd, an independent not-for-profit company. Both the YEP and JEP are funded from a combination of public and private sources.

Following discussions between my Department, Shannon Development and other departments and agencies about the future plans for Kerry Technology Park, including the Youth Entrepreneur Programmes run from the Park, a range of proposals for the future management of the Park are being formulated. I will present these to Government for consideration over the coming weeks.