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To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the number of staff employed in the enterprise development unit of her Department; the number who work with the enterprise agencies to coordinate and oversee the early warning system for companies in difficulty to notify her Department of proposed redundancies; if she has satisfied herself with the operation of this system; and if she will make a statement on the matter. – David Stanton.

For ORAL answer on Tuesday, 24th February, 2009. Ref No: 7328/09


Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment (Ms Coughlan)

There are nine staff in the Enterprise Development Unit of my Department. The Unit is part of the Enterprise and Agencies Division. Of the nine staff, four have a direct involvement with the early warning system at different times.

The system relies on information initially provided by clients of the Industrial Development agencies to their respective agencies and then in turn to my Department. The information provided can be highly confidential and commercially sensitive. The system provides me with information which is both timely and useful.