Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Ceisteanna (132)

Willie Penrose

Ceist:

132. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of the additional 18 staff to deal with Brexit that have been filled by Enterprise Ireland to date; the timeline for recruiting the full number; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21697/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

Enterprise Ireland is working vigorously to enable companies to consolidate market share within the UK and also to become more resilient by broadening their sales to other international markets.

My Department provided additional resources in 2017 to enable EI to ramp up supports in light of Brexit to drive improvements in:

- productivity,

- competitiveness,

- innovation, and

- management capability and leadership skills.

Enterprise Ireland’s funding for 2017 included an additional €1.7 million to assist in the recruitment of 39 Brexit specific posts. A further €1.3m was provided in budget 2018 to enable EI to recruit approximately 18 additional staff this year.

To date, 5 staff have been recruited by the Agency this year to deal with Brexit and Enterprise Ireland are actively recruiting the remaining posts.