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What We Do



Enterprise Innovation

Investment in innovation is an essential component of supporting an enterprising and productive economy. Government support for innovation assists in creating and maintaining high-value jobs and helps to attract investment and develop business in Ireland. The Department funds and promotes enterprise-led innovation through a range of programmes and supports delivered for the most part through Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland.

Trade & Investment

We drive the development and delivery of the enterprise development programmes of IDA Ireland, the principal agency charged with attracting foreign direct investment and promoting Ireland as the best small country in the world to do business. We promote the development of Ireland’s exports to world markets and work with Enterprise Ireland to help Irish companies achieve global success.

Supports for SMEs

We provide a range of tailored supports for enterprise of all sizes in Ireland. Supports include access to finance, management development, mentoring supports, business development programmes, market supports and trade promotion.

The Business Environment

The Department engages with key stakeholders to address issues that arise on a business or 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.

Workplace & Skills

We ensure through work at national and international levels that workplaces are safe, employment rights are respected, harmonious industrial relations are promoted and any disputes or breaches are handled efficiently and effectively; that skills needs are identified and met through alignment of education and training provision and, as required, through targeted and efficient economic migration.

EU & Internal Market

We have a leadership and coordination role in respect of the EU Competitiveness Council and on the Single Market and generally in driving the Department’s EU Agenda. We engage proactively at EU institutional level and with our EU partners so as to ensure that Departmental EU priority measures are advanced.

Company & 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, and putting in place an effective corporate governance regime to ensure compliance.

Consumer & Competition

To help make markets work effectively for consumers and for the economy as a whole, our work falls under two main headings: national policy and EU policy on current competition and consumer matters; and supporting as well as liaising with and monitoring the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.