Thursday, 7 March 2019

Ceisteanna (123, 124, 125, 126, 127)

Maurice Quinlivan

Ceist:

123. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the dates of meetings held between her Department and officials from a company (details supplied); the main purpose of each meeting in each of the years 2012 to 2018 and to date in 2019; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [11432/19]

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Maurice Quinlivan

Ceist:

124. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the dates of meetings held between her Department and officials from a company (details supplied); the main purpose of each meeting in each of the years 2012 to 2018 and to date in 2019; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [11433/19]

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Maurice Quinlivan

Ceist:

125. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the dates of meetings held between her Department and officials from a company (details supplied); the main purpose of each meeting in each of the years 2012 to 2018 and to date in 2019; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [11434/19]

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Maurice Quinlivan

Ceist:

126. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the dates of meetings held between her Department and officials from a company (details supplied); the main purpose of each meeting in each of the years 2012 to 2018 and to date in 2019; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [11435/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Maurice Quinlivan

Ceist:

127. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the dates of meetings held between her Department and officials from a company (details supplied); the main purpose of each meeting in each of the years 2012 to 2018 and to date in 2019; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [11436/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 123 to 127, inclusive, together.

The remit of my Department involves significant engagement with business in Ireland involving small and large indigenous companies and multinational corporations. Therefore, my Department has had a significant number of meetings and engagements with the companies in question during the seven year period covered by these questions and a variety of issues across the wide remit of the Department would have been discussed at these meetings.

In the time available, the following list of meetings with the companies in question has been collated, however it is not possible to supply a definitive list of the dates of every individual meeting that may have taken place.

Date

Meeting

3 February 2012

Meeting between officials and Facebook to discuss the amendment of Section 40 of the Copyright and Related Rights Act

5 April 2012

Meeting between officials and Google in the context of my Department’s responsibility for administering EU licensing requirements for the export of Dual-use items to third countries

20 February 2013

Meeting between Facebook and Minister Sherlock on general copyright issues

16 May 2013

Minister Bruton meeting senior Facebook Executive

25 June 2013

Meeting between officials and Microsoft on Trade Marks Directive

3 September 2013

Meeting between officials and Microsoft in the context of my Department’s responsibility for administering EU licensing requirements for the export of Dual-use items to third countries

15 January 2014

Informal meeting with Apple on topics such as the app economy and innovation.

5 February 2014

Meeting of Google with Minister Bruton about Data

27 March 2014

Meetings between officials and Google on Trade Marks Directive

29 August 2014

Meeting between officials and Microsoft in the context of my Department’s responsibility for administering EU licensing requirements for the export of Dual-use items to third countries

12 September 2014

Minister Bruton meeting with Apple to discuss their Cork plant and their report on the app economy.

15 October 2014

Meeting between Google and officials on copyright and trademark issues

7 November 2014

Minister Bruton meeting with Apple to discuss Budget 2015 Initiatives and other developments

4 December 2014

Meeting between the Secretary General and Google on a number of issues

5 December 2014

Meeting between Department and Google about Overview of Google investment in Ireland, Update on business development and future trends, Knowledge Box proposal & Entrepreneurship & Innovation policy in the EU context

9 December 2014

Meeting between officials and Google in the context of my Department’s responsibility for administering EU licensing requirements for the export of Dual-use items to third countries

18 March 2015

Meeting between Google and officials on general copyright issues

3 June 2015

Minister Bruton meeting Senior Facebook Executives to discuss investment

8 October 2015

Meeting between Minister Bruton and Google Executive to discuss developments at Google including the creation of Alphabet and data centre development in Ireland.

17 December 2015

Meeting with Minister Bruton to discuss details of previously announced expansion and other issues

15 February 2016

Meeting between officials and Microsoft on the Annual Business Survey of Irish Economy Expenditure

26 April 2016

Meeting between Google and officials on copyright issues

1 June 2016

Minister Mitchell O Connor meeting Senior Microsoft Executives to discuss Company development, Cloud Computing, US Developments & Data Centres

15 September 2016

Meeting between Apple and Minister Mitchell O'Connor to discuss the proposed extension of activities in Cork, and timescales, and update on proposed development of data centre in Athenry, and general review of other areas

6 March 2017

Meeting between Facebook and officials on EU Copyright Directive

6 March 2017

Meeting between Google and officials on EU Copyright Directive

29 June 2017

Meeting between Microsoft and officials on EU Copyright Directive

11 October 2017

Roundtable event attended by Minister Breen, Facebook, Apple and Google

24 October 2017

Meeting between officials and Facebook, IBEC and Google on EU Copyright Directive

27 November 2017

Meeting between officials and Facebook on EU Copyright Directive

11 January 2018

Meeting between officials and Google on EU Copyright Directive

1 February 2018

Minister Humphreys meeting Apple to discuss; Apple in Ireland – scale, activities, direct and indirect employment levelsApple in Cork – update on extension of campus and proposed scale of activities, general overview of other areas, including App Economy

7 March 2018

Minister Breen meeting Apple to discuss issues

- Platform Regulation

- National Digital Strategy

- GDPR/Data Protection Bill

- Digital Single Market

- Digital Safety

22 March 2018

Meeting between officials and Microsoft in the context of my Department’s responsibility for administering EU licensing requirements for the export of Dual-use items to third countries

26 March 2018

Meeting between officials and Facebook on EU Copyright Directive

25 April 2018

Officials from my Department attended a workshop convened by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer and Microsoft

7 November 2018

Conference call between officials and Apple on platforms to business regulation

13 December 2018

Visit of DBEI officials to Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 2 regarding the use of Google’s Foundry as a potential venue for a DBEI internal event

30 January 2019

Walkthrough by DBEI officials in Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 2 regarding finalising plans for DBEI internal event on 1st February

1 February 2019

Courtesy greeting between DBEI Secretary General and DBEI officials and Google in Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 2

27 February 2019

Meeting with American Chamber of Commerce and Microsoft

As a significant user of Microsoft software products, officials from the Department’s ICT Unit met with Microsoft on a number of occasions since 2012. These meetings were about routine matters such as service delivery, product capability, and licensing issues. Because of the routine nature of such meetings, detailed records are not kept. No discussions on matters of public policy would have taken place.

Meetings would also have taken place on an occasional basis between the Employment Permits Section of my Department and the companies concerned to discuss and explain the employment permit system during the period in question.