Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

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Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
Department overview
Formed 17 June 1919
Jurisdiction Ireland
Headquarters 23 Kildare Street,
Dublin 2
53°20′24″N 6°15′21″W / 53.34000°N 6.25583°W / 53.34000; -6.25583
Minister responsible Richard Bruton, TD,
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
Department executive John Murphy,
Secretary General
Website www.enterprise.gov.ie

The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Irish: An Roinn Post, Fiontar agus Nuálaíochta) is a department of the Government of Ireland. It is led by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation who is assisted by two Ministers of State.

Departmental team[edit]

Overview[edit]

Department Headquarters, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

The official headquarters and ministerial offices of the department are at 23 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. It is one of the most important economic departments in the Irish Government, responsible for the implementation of policy in five key areas:

  • Enterprise, Innovation, Growth
  • Quality Work and Learning
  • Making Markets and Regulation work better
  • Quality, Value and Continuous Improvement
  • the European Union.

A large element of the work of the Department arises from Ireland's membership of a number of international organisations, in particular the European Union and the World Trade Organisation. The Department plays an active role in the development of EU and WTO policies, particularly to ensure that Ireland's interests are protected. The Department is organised into five divisions. They are:

  • Innovation and Investment Division
  • Enterprise and Trade Division
  • Commerce, Consumer and Competition Division
  • Employment Rights and Industrial Relations Division
  • Corporate Services

Bodies and offices associated with the Department[edit]

The Department oversees a large number of bodies and agencies. In July 2009 the Special Group on Public Service Numbers and Expenditure Programmes proposed merging the Competition Authority and the National Consumer Agency. However, this process remains at an early stage. As of 2010, the Department is no longer responsible for FÁS, which is in the process of having its responsibilities divided up between two or possibly three bodies. Bodies and agencies associated with the Department include:

History[edit]

The present Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation was established in 2011, however, the department has existed in many forms over the years:

  • Department of Trade and Commerce (1919–1922)
  • Department of Trade (1922)
  • Department of Industry and Commerce (1922–1977)
  • Department of Industry, Commerce and Energy (1977–1980)
  • Department of Industry, Commerce and Tourism (1980–1981)
  • Department of Trade, Commerce and Tourism (1981–1983)
  • Department of Industry, Trade, Commerce and Tourism (1983–1986)
  • Department of Industry and Commerce (1986–1993)
  • Department of Enterprise and Employment (1993–1997)
  • Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (1997–2010)
  • Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation (2010–2011)
  • Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (2011–present)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Secretary General". Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 

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