Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Ceisteanna (603)

Mattie McGrath


603. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the working groups established in her Department; the focus of their work; the membership composition of each; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [13559/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

Details of working groups currently established in my Department are set out in the following table.

Working Group

Focus of Work

Membership Composition

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:


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

- InterTradeIreland

- Irish Research Council

- Irish Universities Association

- Marine Institute

- Science Foundation Ireland

- Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

- Teagasc

- 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.

DHR Communications,

Business in the Community Ireland,

Chambers Ireland,



Irish Small Firms Association,



Bank of Ireland,



Dawn Meats,


Ernst & Young,


Grant Thornton,

Hotel Doolin,




The Little Milk Company,

Marks and Spencer,




Ulster Bank,


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,


Bord Bia,

Enterprise Ireland,



LEO – Head of Enterprise Network Representative,


Science Foundation Ireland

Kemmy Business School University of Limerick,


Business to Arts,

Northside Partnership,

Volunteer Ireland,

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

Retail Ireland Skillnet

Retail Excellence RGDATA

Chambers Ireland

Irish Small & medium Enterprises

Irish Small Firms Association


Irish Pharmacy Union

Hardware Association of Ireland

Fishers of Newtownmountkennedy

Ecco Ireland

Fitzpatrick Wholesales

Dolmen Catering

Mace Blackrock

Musgrave Group

TU Dublin, Aungier Street Campus

Dublin Town BID

Retail Ireland

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.