Thursday, 7 March 2019

Ceisteanna (116)

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

116. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the full extent to which job creation through enterprise and innovation continues notwithstanding competition by county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [11501/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

I am currently in the process of launching the new Regional Enterprise Plans in every region, with eight Plans launched to date, with the ninth Plan (South-East) scheduled to be launched by the end of this month.

The Regional Enterprise Plans to 2020 are enterprise focused documents that are the result of a refresh and refocus of the Regional Action Plans for Jobs to ensure their relevance and impact out to 2020, so that they continue to deliver jobs across the country, in every region, and can be robust to address the challenges we face, including Brexit.

The principle behind the Regional Enterprise Plans is collaboration between regional stakeholders on initiatives that can help to realise the region’s enterprise development potential. These stakeholders include: Local Authorities, the LEOs, the enterprise agencies, the Regional Skills Forum, tourism bodies, private sector ‘enterprise champions’, the Higher Education Institutes and others.

Enterprise Ireland’s results for 2018 show the progress that the Agency has been making in driving enterprise development at a national and regional level.  Enterprise Ireland assisted client companies created 18,846 jobs in 2018 and 64% of the jobs created were outside Dublin with all regions recording increases in employment.  There were 215,207 people employed by Enterprise Ireland client companies in 2018, the highest total employment in the history of the Agency.  The table following breaks down the number of people employed in Enterprise Ireland client companies in 2018 by county.

The IDA’s results for 2018 demonstrate the progress we have been making in encouraging regional investment. Last year, 56% of all new jobs created by the Agency’s overseas clients were in locations outside Dublin. Every region in the country saw FDI-driven job gains. There are now over 132,000 people employed in IDA client firms outside the capital, representing 58% of IDA-supported employment. These are all promising figures and show how real strides have been made in boosting FDI-related job creation across Ireland. The table following breaks down the number of people employed in IDA Ireland client companies in 2018 by county.

In 2018 the Local Enterprise Offices supported clients increased employment by 8,007 gross new jobs which resulted in 3,656 net jobs being created across the LEO client portfolio bring the total number employed to 36,666.  Also, in 2018, the LEOs provided training to 34,907 participants. Of these, 3,944 participants took part in the LEO-run ‘Start Your Own Business’ programmes.  The table following breaks down the number of people employed in LEO supported enterprises in 2018 by county.

We will continue to do our utmost to reinforce and strengthen these positive trends and to further job creation across the entirety of the country.

EI jobs by County

2018

Carlow

3,221

Cavan

5,842

Clare

4,102

Cork

23,902

Donegal

3,818

Dublin

76,815

Galway

8,091

Kerry

4,727

Kildare

8,923

Kilkenny

4,549

Laois

1,527

Leitrim

607

Limerick

9,553

Longford

2,979

Louth

5,923

Mayo

4,692

Meath

7,135

Monaghan

5,626

Offaly

4,307

Roscommon

1,764

Sligo

1,916

Tipperary

5,921

Waterford

6,849

Westmeath

3,536

Wexford

4,674

Wicklow

4,208

Total

215,207 

LEO jobs by County

2018

 Carlow

1153

 Cavan

1374

 Clare

1270

 Cork city

810

 Cork South

1393

 Cork West/North

957

 Donegal

1294

 Dublin City

1736

 Dublin DLR

1695

 Dublin Fingal

1031

 Dublin South

1491

 Galway County/City

1116

 Kerry

1295

 Kildare

1239

 Kilkenny

1257

 Laois

635

 Leitrim

437

 Limerick

1926

 Longford

1195

 Louth

982

 Mayo

1224

 Meath

1255

 Monaghan

1164

 Offaly

1063

 Roscommon

857

 Sligo

920

 Tipperary

1295

 Waterford

1447

 Westmeath

1172

 Wexford

1308

 Wicklow

675

Total

36666