Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation

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Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation
Department overview
Formed17 June 1919
JurisdictionIreland
Headquarters23 Kildare Street,
Dublin 2, D02 TD30
53°20′24″N 6°15′21″W / 53.34000°N 6.25583°W / 53.34000; -6.25583
Minister responsible
Department executive
Websitedbei.gov.ie

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Irish: An Roinn Gnó, Fiontar agus Nuálaíochta) is a department of the Government of Ireland. It is led by the Minister for Business, 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 Organization. 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. Until 2010, the Department was responsible for FÁS, which had its responsibilities divided up between two bodies in 2013. Bodies and agencies associated with the Department include:

History[edit]

In the Ministry of Dáil Éireann of the Irish Republic (1919–22) there was a separate Minister for Industries and a Director of Trade and Commerce. These titled varied over the course of the ministries established during this revolutionary period. In the Irish Free State, there was a Minister for Industry and Commerce as part of the first Executive Council of the Irish Free State established in 1922. This was given a statutory basis by the Ministers and Secretaries Act 1924. This act provided it with:[2]

the administration and business generally of public services in connection with trade, commerce, industry, and labour, industrial and commercial organisations and combinations, industrial and commercial statistics, transport, shipping, natural resources, and all powers, duties and functions connected with the same, including the promotion of trade and commerce by means of educational grants, and shall include in particular the business, powers, duties and functions of the branches and officers of the public services specified in the Sixth Part of the Schedule to this Act, and of which Department the head shall be, and shall be styled, an t-Aire Tionnscail agus Tráchtála or (in English) the Minister for Industry and Commerce.

The Schedule assigned it with the duties of the following bodies:[3]

  • Ministry of Transport (excluding the Roads Department).
  • The Board of Trade.
  • Registrar of Companies.
  • Registrar of Business Names.
  • Registration of Shipping.
  • Minister for Labour.
  • Electricity Commissioners.
  • Chief and other Inspectors of Factories.

Alteration of name and transfer of functions[edit]

The name and functions of the department have changed several times by means of statutory instruments.

Date Effect
2 June 1924 Established as the Department of Industry and Commerce.[4]
12 July 1966 Transfer of Labour to the Department of Labour.[5]
13 September 1977 Transfer of Energy from the Department of Transport and Power.[6]
23 September 1977 Renamed as the Department of Industry, Commerce and Energy.[7]
22 January 1980 Transfer of Energy to the Department of Energy.[8]
23 January 1980 Renamed as the Department of Industry, Commerce and Tourism.[9]
24 January 1980 Transfer of Tourism from the Department of Tourism and Transport.[10]
20 August 1981 Transfer of Industry to the Department of Energy.[11]
21 August 1981 Renamed as the Department of Trade, Commerce and Tourism.[12]
16 December 1983 Transfer of Industry from the Department of Industry and Energy.[13]
17 December 1983 Renamed as the Department of Industry, Trade, Commerce and Tourism.[14]
18 February 1986 Transfer of Tourism to the Department of Fisheries and Forestry.[15]
19 February 1986 Renamed as the Department of Industry and Commerce.[16]
20 January 1993 Transfer of Labour from the Department of Labour.[17]
20 January 1993 Renamed as the Department of Enterprise and Employment.[18]
11 July 1997 Transfer of Trade from the Department of Tourism and Trade.[19]
12 July 1997 Renamed as the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment.[20]
1 May 2010 Transfer of Skills to the Department of Education and Science.[21]
1 May 2010 Transfer of Research from the Department of Education and Science.[22]
2 May 2010 Renamed as the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation.[23]
1 June 2011 Transfer of Trade to the Department of Foreign Affairs.[24]
2 June 2011 Renamed as the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.[25]
1 September 2017 Transfer of Labour to the Department of Social Protection.[26]
2 September 2017 Renamed as the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation.[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Secretary General". Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Ministers and Secretaries Act 1924, Section 1: Establishment of the Departments of State". Irish Statute Book. 21 April 1924. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Ministers and Secretaries Act 1924, Schedule". Irish Statute Book. 21 April 1924. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Ministers and Secretaries Act 1924 (Commencement) Order 1924". Irish Statute Book. 30 May 1924. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Labour (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 1966". Irish Statute Book. 12 July 1966. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  6. ^ "Energy (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 1977". Irish Statute Book. 13 September 1977. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  7. ^ "Industry and Commerce (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 1977". Irish Statute Book. 23 September 1977. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  8. ^ "Energy (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 1980". Irish Statute Book. 15 January 1980. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  9. ^ "Industry, Commerce and Energy (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 1980". Irish Statute Book. 15 January 1980. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Tourism (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 1980". Irish Statute Book. 15 January 1980. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  11. ^ "Industry (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 1981". Irish Statute Book. 19 August 1981. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  12. ^ "Industry, Commerce and Tourism (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 1981". Irish Statute Book. 19 August 1981. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  13. ^ "Industry (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 1983". Irish Statute Book. 15 December 1983. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  14. ^ "Trade, Commerce and Tourism (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 1983". Irish Statute Book. 15 December 1983. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  15. ^ "Tourism (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 1986". Irish Statute Book. 18 February 1986. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  16. ^ "Industry, Trade, Commerce and Tourism (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 1986". Irish Statute Book. 18 February 1986. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  17. ^ "Labour (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 1993". Irish Statute Book. 20 January 1993. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  18. ^ "Industry and Commerce (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 1993". Irish Statute Book. 20 January 1993. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  19. ^ "Trade (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 1997". Irish Statute Book. 8 July 1997. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  20. ^ "Enterprise and Employment (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 1997". Irish Statute Book. 8 July 1997. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  21. ^ "Employment Programmes and Services and Skills Training (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2010". Irish Statute Book. 27 April 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  22. ^ "Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2010". Irish Statute Book. 27 April 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  23. ^ "Enterprise, Trade and Employment (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 2010". Irish Statute Book. 27 April 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  24. ^ "Promotion of Foreign Trade (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2011". Irish Statute Book. 24 May 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  25. ^ "Enterprise, Trade and Innovation (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 2011". Irish Statute Book. 24 May 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  26. ^ "Labour Affairs and Labour Law (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2017". Irish Statute Book. 26 July 2017. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  27. ^ "Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 2017". Irish Statute Book. 26 July 2017. Retrieved 27 September 2019.

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