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Enterprise; Trade and Employment | Issues inhibiting growth of employment, enterprise and trade

To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise; Trade and Employment the degree to which he and his Department have identified specific issues which are currently inhibiting the growth of employment, enterprise and trade; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

My Department, in conjunction with other Departments and state bodies, monitors key sectors to anticipate needs and realise emerging opportunities.  The latest series of sectoral reports, “Focus on Sectors 2020”, was published in August 2020, which presented concise overviews of 16 key sectors of the economy, encompassing both exporting and locally trading activities, and outlined some initial indications of the impact of COVID-19 on these sectors.

In addition, my Department is currently prioritising our work on the White Paper on Enterprise due by December this year which will articulate what needs to be done differently to realise the vision of a resilient, inclusive, and sustainable enterprise growth model for Ireland in the future, while remaining true to what currently works well for enterprise in Ireland.  This will address the issues identified by the Deputy.  

I should also highlight that the enterprise development agencies, both under my own Department’s remit and those under the remits of other Departments, continue to work with their client companies and sectors on appropriate strategies having regard to both the general global challenges they face, as well as, in some cases, unique sectoral issues.

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