Details of working groups currently established in my Department are set out in the following table.
Focus of Work
Brexit Coordination Group
A forum, chaired by the Minister, comprising enterprise and regulatory bodies within the DBEI remit to update and discuss Brexit impacts and mitigation measures underway/planned
Chief Executive (or Chairperson as appropriate) of Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland, The Health and Safety Authority (including INAB), National Standards Authority of Ireland, The Consumer and Competition Protection Commission and The Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority. Senior officials from each of the Divisions of the Department also participate
Enterprise Forum on Brexit & Global Challenges
A forum, chaired by the Minister, for discussion of enterprise policy implications arising from Brexit and other Global Challenges, with a particular focus on the implications and impacts for enterprises emerging from the UK’s exit from the EU
Representatives from Ibec, Small Firms Association, Financial Services Ireland, Food & Drink Industry Ireland, ISME, American Chambers, Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association, Irish Exporters Association, Chambers Ireland, Retail Ireland, Retail Excellence Ireland, RGData, representatives from DBEI Agencies and policy officials from across DBEI
Cross Divisional Brexit Senior Officials Group
A Departmental forum to ensure a coordinated and coherent approach by the Department and its Agencies in handling preparations and negotiations for the UK exit from the EU
Senior officials from each functional Division in DBEI
Brexit Trade and Investment Group
A cross-Departmental forum for examination of trade & investment policy implications arising from Brexit including research commissioned on the strategic implications for Ireland arising from changing EU-UK trading relations after Brexit
Officials from D/Finance, DPER, Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine, D/Taoiseach, Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, DTTAS and Revenue
Brexit Skills Implementation Oversight Group
Implementation of Expert Group on Future Skills Needs report, “Addressing the Skills Needs Arising from the Potential Trade Implications of Brexit”
DBEI (chair), DES, DFAT, D/Taoiseach, DTTAS, Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland, InterTradeIreland, LEO network, Office of the Revenue Commissioners
High Level ICT Skills Action Plan Group
Development and Implementation of Third ICT Skills Action Plan, Technology Skills 2022
DBEI/DES (co-chairs), DCCAE, Enterprise Ireland, Higher Education Authority, IDA Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland (Smart Futures), SOLAS, Expert Group on Future Skills Needs, Ibec, MiDAS, Third Level Computing Forum,
ADR Working Group
All matters relating to the Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road
DBEI, Health and Safety Authority, Road Safety Authority, National Standards Authority of Ireland, Environmental Protection Agency, Dept. of Justice and Equality, Dept. of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Irish National Accreditation Board, Transport Infrastructure Ireland, An Garda Siochana
Farm Safety Task Force
Implementation of health and safety related suggestions from farming organisations
DBEI, Health and Safety Authority, Teagasc, Dept. of Agriculture Food and the Marine, Dept. of Education and Skills, Dept. of Employment and Social Protection, Dept. of Rural and Community Development, dept. of Health, Revenue Commissioners,
Lifts Advisory Group
Devising a policy for the installation of lifts with adjustments to head space and refuge requirements
DBEI, Health and Safety Authority, Dept. of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Office of Public Works, Engineers Ireland, Association of Chartered Engineers of Ireland, Irish Lift and Escalator Association
Interdepartmental Chemicals Group
To ensure that information on chemicals is shared across Government Departments and Agencies and to assist in collaboration
DBEI, Health and Safety Authority, Dept. of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Dept. of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, the Environmental Protection Agency, National Poisons Information Centre, Revenue Commissioners, Dept. of Health, Health Products Regulatory Authority, Dept. of Defence
Dangerous Substances Steering Group
To assist in the review of the Dangerous Substances legislation being carried out by DBEI
DBEI, Health and Safety Authority, Dept. of Housing, Planning and Local Government, County and City Management Association, Chief Fire Officers’ Association, Dublin Fire Brigade, Dept. of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, the Environmental Protection Agency, Commission for Regulation of Utilities
ILO Interdepartmental Group
DBEI leads on Ireland’s engagement in the International Labour Organisation, a tripartite UN agency with responsibility for employment matters. In 2017 Ireland assumed a Titulaire seat (speaking and voting rights) on the ILO Governing Body (GB) for a three-year period. The ILO IDG was established in 2017 to prepare national positions on all items on the GB’s wide-ranging agenda. In line with the ILO’s unique tripartite nature, each ILO IDG meeting has a segment on exchange of views with the Social Partners which ICTU and Ibec attend
Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation Department of Education & Skills
Department of Justice & Equality
Department of Health
Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade
Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport
Inter Departmental Group on Economic Migration Policy
To oversee the implementation of the recommendations of the Review of Economic Migration Policy and the twice yearly review of the occupations lists and to monitor the guiding principles and operation on an ongoing basis.
Senior officials from lead policy Government Departments/Agencies:
DPER, DHPLG, DJE, DEASP, DH, DAFM, DTTS, DES, DBEI and SOLAS.
High Level Group for Horizon 2020
Strategy and policies for maximising Ireland’s performance under the 8th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020 (2014-2020)
Representatives from Government Departments and Agencies involved in Research and Innovation - including:
- Department of Business & Innovation
- Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and the Marine
- Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment
- Department of Education and Skills
- Department of Finance
- Department of Health
- Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
- Enterprise Ireland
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Health Research Board
- Higher Education Authority
- IDA Ireland
- Irish Research Council
- Irish Universities Association
- Marine Institute
- Science Foundation Ireland
- Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
- Technological Higher Education Association
Innovation 2020 Implementation Group
Drive Implementation of Innovation 2020, Ireland's strategy for research and development, science and technology
Chaired by DBEI, the Group consists of high-level representation from research funding Government departments and agencies.
Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI) National Oversight Group
The National Oversight Group was established to give overall strategic direction to the establishment and development of HIHI and it is responsible for setting the appropriate level of ambition at each stage of its future development.
The Group is chaired by an independent industry expert, has joint deputy chairs from DBEI and D/Health and comprises senior executives from EI, HSE, HRB, SFI, and IDA Ireland. HIHI are also represented.
National Advisory Committee on Ireland’s membership of ESO (the European Southern Observatory)
The National Advisory Committee on ESO is to provide guidance to the Irish delegates, contribute to national strategy and drive engagement of research and industry from Ireland’s recent membership.
The group is co-chaired by the Irish delegates to ESO Council, one is an astronomer and one from D/BEI. The group includes all Irish delegates to ESO, and national offices, and high-level representation from research agencies, industry, academia and Government Departments.
State Aid Technical WG
Scoping and designing schemes to support enterprises impacted by Brexit in line with State Aid rules.
Representatives from DG Competition, Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Enterprise Ireland
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Stakeholder Forum
The Forum was established to implement and support the actions in Ireland’s Corporate Social Responsibility Plans. The current plan is Towards Responsible Business’ Ireland’s National Plan on Corporate Social Responsibility 2017-2020.
Business in the Community Ireland,
Irish Small Firms Association,
Bank of Ireland,
Ernst & Young,
The Little Milk Company,
Marks and Spencer,
D/Business, Enterprise and Innovation,
D/Communication, Climate Action and Environment,
D/Education and Skills,
D/Employment Affairs and Social Protection,
D/Foreign Affairs and Trade,
D/Health & Healthy Ireland,
D/Justice and Equality,
D/Rural and Community Development,
LEO – Head of Enterprise Network Representative,
Science Foundation Ireland
Kemmy Business School University of Limerick,
Business to Arts,
Clean Technology Centre,
Retail Consultation Forum
The objective of establishing the Retail Consultation Forum is to provide a platform for a structured engagement between the Retail sector and relevant Government Departments/bodies.
Retail Ireland Skillnet
Retail Excellence RGDATA
Irish Small & medium Enterprises
Irish Small Firms Association
Irish Pharmacy Union
Hardware Association of Ireland
Fishers of Newtownmountkennedy
TU Dublin, Aungier Street Campus
Dublin Town BID
Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation
Department of the Taoiseach
Department of Finance
Department of Education and Skills
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
Department of Health
Waterford City and County Council – Local Government Management Agency Representative
Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government
Department of Rural and Community Development
National Design Forum
The National Design Forum brings together all relevant stakeholders in order to move forward with the design agenda.
Stakeholders include representatives from the design sector, the business sector, the education sector and relevant Government Departments and agencies.
The key purpose of the Forum is to discuss key issues of relevance, with a view to identifying practical actions which could be taken by government (national or local), or by industry itself, to support the sector.
The Minister chairs the meetings, which take place 3-4 times per year.
Chaired by Minister Heather Humphreys and composed of representatives from DBEI, Enterprise Ireland, Local Enterprise Offices, IDA Ireland, DCCoI, various third level institutions, business associations, and individuals who work in the design space.
Advisory Group in Small Business
The purpose of the Advisory Group on Small Business is to provide a platform for structured engagement between small business owners, their representative bodies, and the Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, with a view to influencing policy.
Chaired by Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen TD and attended by members of DBEI, SFA, ISME, IFA, Retail Excellence, Enterprise Ireland, Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, Irish Hotel Federation, National Association of Community Enterprise Centres, Tax Institute and several small businesses.
Advisory Board for the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF)
The Advisory Board has been established to oversee the design and implementation of competitive calls for the DTIF and to make recommendations to the Minister regarding the projects to be funded under this programme.
The Advisory Board is chaired by D/BEI (Assistant Secretary) and includes senior representatives from Department of Education and Skills; Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland.
(formerly New Ways of Working group – established in 2015)
dbeinnovation aims to further embed a culture of innovation across the Department and act as a vehicle for cross cutting and collaborative change. Its objectives are to:
- ensure strong staff engagement, deliver positive changes to the working environment, collaboratively tackle cross cutting issues, and to support, drive and implement civil and public service reform.
Four sub-groups currently exist under dbeinnovation; Mobility Sub-group, Innovation Culture Sub-group, Corporate Social Responsibility Sub-group, the Green Team Sub-group.
dbeinnovation comprises of a steering committee and a number of sub-groups that are set up to drive initiatives around specific topics. Both dbeinnovation’s steering committee, and its sub-groups, seek to establish membership that ensures cross-divisional, cross-location, and gender representation.
The steering committee is chaired by the Secretary General.