Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Ceisteanna (296)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

296. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if she will address a matter regarding relocating to digital hubs (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [16182/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

My Department and its agencies are actively engaged in the development of regional digital hubs/ehubs which provide the opportunity for relocation and for full-time or part-time remote working. A number of projects which have been offered funding under, for example, the Regional Enterprise Development Fund (REDF), are already prototype ehubs and should develop over time into more sustainable ehubs in their own right.  

Indeed, Sneem Innovation & Tech Services received funding of €250,000 under Call 1 of the REDF which will see the re-purposing of an old dance hall in Sneem village to an ehub, facilitating home and hub working as well as supporting start-ups and microenterprises in the area.

In the context of the further development of ehubs, as envisaged in Project Ireland 2040, in support of efforts to expand entrepreneurship and start-ups in every region, Enterprise Ireland is addressing the need to expand and further develop co-working initiatives including through existing community enterprise centres.

The relevant projects funded as part of the first and second Calls of the REDF that I launched in December 2017 and December 2018 are set out in the tables below. I hope to be in a position to announce a further Regional Fund this year.    

EDF funding for eHubs/Enterprise Spaces/Incubation/Food-Hubs/Co-Working

Call 1

Name  

Region  

County/Counties  

Funding Amount  

RDI Hub CLG      

South-West

Kerry

€3,614,669

Dublin Enterprise & Technology Centre

Dublin

Dublin

€3,226,776

BIA Innovator Campus CLG

West

Galway

€2,466,148

Ghala DAC

Dublin

Dublin

€2,488,528

Donegal Digital Innovation CLG

North-West

Donegal

€1,119,640

Leitrim County Enterprise Fund

North-West

Leitrim, Longford, Cavan

€1,284,000

Insurtech Network Centre DAC

South-East

Carlow, Wexford

€1,439,832

Cork Urban Enterprises

West

Cork

€669,064

County Kildare Community   Network               

Mid-East

Kildare

€1,917,200

Monaghan County Enterprise Fund

North-East

Monaghan

€202,800

Sneem Innovation & Tech Services

South-West

Kerry

€250,000

Mol Teic CLG

South-West

Kerry

€189,144

Social & Local Enterprise Alliance DAC

Dublin

Dublin

€1,135,195

Call 2

Name  

Region  

County/Counties  

Funding Amount  

Galway City Innovation District CLG

West

Galway

€2,487,400

Midc Páirc Na Mara

West

Galway

€2,000,000

Ludgate Operations   CLG                 

South-West

Cork

€1,990,392

Vista Agri 4.0 Hub CLG

South-West

Cork, Kerry, Waterford, Tipperary

€1,865,215

National Design Innovation Hub   DAC               

South-East

Kilkenny, Carlow

€1,843,320

Boyne Valley Food Innovation District

Mid-East

Meath, Cavan, Monaghan, Louth

€1,580,640

Mountmellick Development   Association        

Midlands

Laois

€218,200

Offaly Innovation & Design Centre   CLG        

Midlands

Offaly

€458,600

Innovate Limerick T/A Hospital Food Units DAC

Mid-West

Limerick, Clare, Tipperary

€2,279,073

Innovate Dublin Communities   CLG           

Dublin

Dublin

€249,955

SPADE CLG

Dublin

Dublin

€2,094,000

Leitrim Food Enterprise Zone CLG

North-West

Leitrim, Cavan, Sligo, Donegal

€953,640

Sligo County Enterprise Fund CLG

North-West

Sligo, Mayo, Leitrim

€1,906,640