The focus of the government’s enterprise policies is to make Ireland the best place to succeed in business, delivering sustainable full employment and higher standards of living across all regions of the country.
Innovation, Research and Development
The government develops, promotes and co-ordinates innovation, research and development policy.
influencing the European and International research agenda to allow research and enterprise in Ireland avail of opportunities arising through research programmes
funding Enterprise Ireland, SFI and the Programme for Research in Third Level Institution
developing intellectual property policy, preparing legislation and providing an intellectual property regime which reflects the international law environment and best practice
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Trade and Investment
The government drives the development and delivery of the enterprise development programmes of IDA Ireland,
which is charged with attracting foreign direct investment and promoting Ireland as the best small country in the world to do business.
The government also promotes the development of Ireland’s exports to world markets and works with Enterprise Ireland to help Irish companies achieve global success.
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Supports for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
The government provides a range of tailored supports for enterprise of all sizes in Ireland, including support for businesses to prepare for Brexit.
access to finance
business development programmes
The government holds structured dialogue with key stakeholders and ensures the needs of SMEs are taken into account in the execution of national policy.
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Business and Sectoral Initiatives
The government engages with key stakeholders to address issues that arise on a sectoral basis across all areas of enterprise activity.
These business and sectoral initiatives are across a wide range of areas covering internationally traded goods and services as well as the domestically traded sector.
The key focus is to develop and implement policy to enhance the enterprise environment leading to the start-up and growth of competitive firms in Ireland and sustainable development for enterprises of all sizes.
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Workplace and Skills
The government is responsible for ensuring that:
workplaces are safe
employment rights are respected
harmonious industrial relations are promoted
any disputes or breaches are handled efficiently and effectively
skills needs are identified and met through alignment of education and training provision and, as required, through targeted and efficient economic migration
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EU and Internal Market
The government has a leadership and co-ordination role in respect of the EU Competitiveness Council and on the Single Market and generally in driving the EU Agenda. of the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation. This involves proactively engaging at EU institutional level and with our EU partners.
Ministers are supported in their pursuit of achieving domestic and EU Policy outcomes that are supportive, in particular, of the enterprise, competitiveness, single market and innovation agendas.
In relation to Brexit,
the government ensures a co-ordinated and coherent approach to Brexit across all enterprise policy areas.
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Company and Corporate Law
Company law provides the legislative framework for the structure and operation of companies registered in Ireland, whether domestic or foreign.
It seeks to ensure a balance between:
simplifying the day-to-day running of a business
maintaining necessary protections for those dealing with companies, such as creditors and investors
putting in place an effective corporate governance regime to ensure compliance