Dec 16, 2014
Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of companies or persons based in County Waterford who have successfully applied for innovation vouchers in the past three years.
REPLY (Minister of State Damien English):
The Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher Initiative was established in 2007 in order to drive an on-going innovation cultural shift within small enterprise by promoting and encouraging a transfer of knowledge between Ireland’s public knowledge providers and the small business community and creating greater synergies between the two.
This scheme provides small companies access to the sources of knowledge, expertise and innovation available in our Universities and Institutes of Technology and in so doing acts as an important driver of knowledge transfer from 3rd Level Institutes to industry.
The Vouchers, worth €5,000, can be used by small Irish companies to explore a business opportunity or problem and purchase advice and knowledge that is new to the company.
From 1 Jan 2012 to date 179 innovation vouchers have been approved to companies based in County Waterford.
Dec 16, 2014
Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Education and Skills if she will provide a breakdown by county of the number of primary and secondary school transport routes operated by Bus Éireann in each of the past five years; the overall numbers of pupils/students catered for in each county; and the receipts collected from school bus tickets in each county over this period.
Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Education and Skills if she will provide a breakdown of the number of free primary and secondary school transport places currently provided in each county accruing from family medical card cover.
REPLY (Minister of State, Damien English):
Bus Éireann is responsible for the day to day operation of my Department's School Transport Scheme.
Bus Éireann has advised that the information requested by the Deputy in relation to school transport routes operated by the Company is not readily available on a per county basis. If the Deputy has a particular county in mind the Company could undertake an exercise and furnish details for that county directly to the Deputy in respect of the last three years. The attached table shows the overall numbers of primary and post primary children availing of school transport in each county, for each of the past three school years 2011/2012, 2012/2013 and 2013/2014.
Bus Éireann has confirmed that receipts from parental contributions are not disaggregated by county. Some 90% of parental contributions are paid online through a centralised system. The audited accounts for the school transport scheme show that the total receipts from parental contributions for the past five years are: