Parliamentary Question: Employment Rights

Parliamentary Question for the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Richard Bruton TD)

For WRITTEN ANSWER on 24th of June 2014

To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the holiday entitlements that accrue to a person who works 27 hours per week; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Reply:

Entitlement to Annual leave is laid down under the Organisation of Working Time Act, 1997. Annual leave is earned on all hours worked including overtime. An employee is entitled to 4 working weeks in a leave year where they have worked at least 1365 hours, or one third of a working week for each month in the leave year where they have worked at least 117 hours, or 8 per cent of the hours worked in a leave year (but subject to a maximum of four working weeks). The most beneficial of the calculations is the one that will apply where more than one option is possible but all are subject to a maximum of 4 working weeks. The employer decides when annual leave can be taken but must take into account the need for the employee to balance work and family responsibilities and the opportunities for rest and recreation available to the employee.

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Government funding for Páirc Uí Chaoimh an economic boost for Cork

13 May 2014

  • Government commitment to provide €30 million for the redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh is a significant economic boost for Cork.
  • Funding to assist with redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh, development of a centre of excellence and establishment of a local Marina Park.

The announcement of €30 million for the redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh will be a great boost to the Cork economy.  When this project gets underway it will generate much needed employment and the end result will be a facility that will benefit Cork for generations to come.

For many years we have heard about the possibility of redeveloping Páirc Uí Chaoimh, recently Cork City Council granted planning permission, and now the development has been given the financial support it requires to proceed.  I am delighted that this significant capital project has received the support that it deserves.

Cork GAA is an integral part of our community and Páirc Uí Chaoimh is the main stadium and flag ship location for all club and inter-county games.  This project will ensure that we have a stadium that meets the needs of players, teams and supporters.  I would like to congratulate all who have been involved in getting this project to this stage.

As well as a great sport venue this capital project will bring the development of the Marina Park a step closer.  This will be an important amenity that will everyone in Cork.  I welcome this Government commitment to Cork; it comes quick on the heels of a commitment of part funding an event centre for Cork.  These are two significant investments in Cork and its people and will leave a lasting legacy that will create jobs and provide much needed social, cultural and sporting venues for the city and county.

When the planning process has been completed I hope that the project can commence as soon as possible.  During the construction phase it is imperative that the GAA maintain dialogue with local residents to ensure that they are not unnecessarily inconvenienced.

Posted under Cork, Development, Economic, Employment, Jobs Enterprise & Innovation, National Work, Public Expenditure & Reform, Sport

Parliamentary Question: Enterprise Support Scheme

Parliamentary Question for the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Richard Bruton TD)

For WRITTEN ANSWER on 25/02/2014

To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the grants available to support business start-ups; if such grants are available to persons taking up franchise opportunities; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Reply

The main sources of direct support to business start-ups, including franchises, through my Department are Enterprise Ireland and the City and County Enterprise Boards (CEBs).

Anyone interested in starting their own business should in the first instance contact their local County and City Enterprise Board (CEB). The CEBs support the indigenous micro- enterprise sector (less than ten employees) in the start- up and expansion phases and stimulate enterprise potential at local level. They are the first point of call in terms of advice, direction, training and grant support for anyone who wishes to start a business. Contact details for the CEBs are available on . CEBs can also refer clients to other appropriate agencies, for example Enterprise Ireland.

The CEBs generally only provide grants to enterprises in the manufacturing or internationally traded services sector, which over time can develop into strong export entities and graduate to the Enterprise Ireland portfolio. Retail enterprises (where franchise opportunities mainly exist) are ineligible for direct financial support from CEBs due to concerns over displacement as grant- assisted projects may simply displace business from other players in the local market.

However, any start- up can use the CEBs as a gateway to accessing finance from Micro Finance Ireland, which offers support in the form of loans of up to €25,000 to start- up, newly established or growing microenterprises employing less than 10 people with viable business propositions that do not meet the conventional risk criteria applied by the banks. The Fund has a significant entrepreneurship focus and is open to anyone with a viable business proposal. Applications for the Microfinance Fund should be channelled through the local CEB.

Further, anyone interested in availing of franchising as a business option could benefit from participating in the CEB non-financial or “soft” support programmes. All locally trading businesses, including start- ups, can avail of non-financial assistance from their CEB in the form of a wide range of business advice and information services, management capability training and development programmes, e-Commerce training initiatives, etc. Training courses include such topics as start-your-own-business (SYOB), taxation for beginners, internet marketing, ideas generation and negotiation skills. Indeed the SYOB course would cover the key issues in starting a business and would complement the information that would be provided by the franchiser.

The Deputy may wish to note that the system for delivery of State supports to micro and small enterprises is being reformed and the 35 existing County and City Enterprise Boards (CEBs) will be dissolved and new Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) will be created. This reform will bring about a new level of engagement and interaction at both national and local level in relation to enterprise support and economic recovery and growth. The target date for the legal dissolution of the CEBs and the formal launch of the LEOs is mid-April, 2014.

Enterprise Ireland’s client base comprises four main categories: Manufacturing and internationally traded services companies employing ten or more people (with a focus on exporting or with the potential to export); Innovation-led start-ups with the potential to grow on international markets and; Irish food companies – both those home-grown in Ireland, and those that are overseas owned or controlled.

However, as companies seeking franchise opportunities are primarily local market focused and seeking to become a franchisee of some international or national offerings in the local area, and as such would not be potential clients of Enterprise Ireland.

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