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PAC Meeting | Jan31, 2013
RE: Enterprise Ireland
Deputy John Deasy (extract):
[Regarding] the proposal to amalgamate county and city enterprise boards within local authorities through the establishment of local enterprise offices. I voiced my concern about this on the floor of the Dáil and I am surprised others have not raised it. My experience of local authorities and their association with the commercial world is not good... enterprise boards should not be put anywhere near them... How will Enterprise Ireland guard against the very anti-commercial culture that exists in some of the local authorities seeping into these incredibly valuable organisations to affect the creation of start-ups?
My two cents is that local authorities are dysfunctional when it comes to the commercial world... Local authorities are political organisations and are in many respects inefficient. They are driven by a wholly different mindset to that of the business and commercial world. I see trouble coming down the line if that kind of influence is exerted on organisations which have worked very well. Waterford County Enterprise Board in my constituency is a good organisation. The integration of enterprise bodies into local authorities will take some minding and watching.
>> Read John's contributions and questions in full here: (pages 7-9)
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