Saturday 22 November 2014

Taoiseach opens network of offices to help start-ups

Published 29/04/2014 | 19:14

A NETWORK of 31 new offices which will provide improved services to start-ups and small businesses across the country have been launched.

The nationwide system of Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) will provide more staff, more funding and more services to small Irish businesses, was officially launched by the Taoiseach and Tanaiste along with the Ministers for Environment and Jobs.

The offices will incorporate the full range of State supports including Enterprise Ireland, Revenue, Department of Social Protection, the Credit Review Office and training bodies.

Speaking at the launch, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said; "The Government wants to make recovery local. That means supporting local businesses and entrepreneurs to create local jobs.  We will do this through the new network of LEOs.

"Jobs are the top priority of the Government and there has been progress in the past year with over 1,000 jobs a week being created in the private sector. The vast majority of these jobs have been created in small, local companies," he added.

He also pointed to the work of the Credit Review Office, stating that 50pc of applicants who had been turned down by banks for a loan had the decision overturned by the Credit Review Office.

Natty Wailer, former member of The Bob Marley and the Wailers, presents a copy of his CD, Destiny to An Taoiseach, Enda kenny, TD, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, TD, was in Cavan town to canvass with local Fine Gael candidates. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/4/2014
Natty Wailer, former member of The Bob Marley and the Wailers, presents a copy of his CD, Destiny to An Taoiseach, Enda kenny, TD, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, TD, was in Cavan town to canvass with local Fine Gael candidates. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/4/2014
An Taoiseach, Enda kenny, TD, with Mairead McGuinness, local Fine Gael candidate for the european elections speaks to local business woman, Rowena O'Rourke, An Taoiseach was in Cavan town to canvass with local Fine Gael candidates in the local and european elections. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/4/2014
An Taoiseach, Enda kenny, TD speaks along side Richard Bruton, TD., Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at the launch of the Local Enterprise Offices in Mullingar. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/4/2014
An Taoiseach, Enda kenny, TD., holds 8 month old, twins, Oran, left and Fiadh Argue with Mairead McGuinness, local european candidate as he visited the Farnham Arms Hotel in Cavan.. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/4/2014
An Taoiseach, Enda kenny, TD., and Tanaiste, Eamon Gilmore, TD hold a plate which was presented to them at the launch of the Local Enterprise Offices in Mullingar. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/4/2014
An Taoiseach, Enda kenny, TD with sisters Olivia Curran, and Emily Wallace, from An Olivia Chocolate, An Taoisseach, Enda Kenny, TD was in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath for the launch of the Local Enterprise Offices. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 29/4/2014

"That is a statistic that is pretty clear I think. In that you have a one in two chance of having the decision overturned in your favour," he added.

Neither Mr Kenny nor Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore would be drawn on a deadline for ongoing water charge negotiations, simply stating that the process of negotiation was ongoing.

Mr Gilmore conceded that he agreed with Environment Minister that it would have been better if the new water charge had been agreed by Cabinet three months ago.

However, he said the decision required special consideration as it involves families on lower incomes. He said he hoped the issues around metering and the ability of some people to pay would be resolved relatively quickly.

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