LEGISLATION TO INTEGRATE the policy research functions of Forfás into the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation was published today.
The dissolution of the quango is a move that Minister Richard Bruton said will “strengthen capacity and drive job-creation policy”.
Under the new legislation, the functions will be transferred from Forfás and assigned to Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland (IDA).
Staff of the Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB), which is a Committee of Forfás, will be transferred to the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) with INAB becoming a Committee of the HSA.
Since it was established Forfás has been involved in the central policy-making process in the Department of Jobs, with the agency playing a leading role in the development of the Action Plan for Jobs.
Under the new reforms, such as the abolition of the agency, Bruton’s reform programme will:
- merge the National Consumer Agency and the Competition Authority
- reform five workplace relations bodies into two organisations
- restructure the enterprise support model for micro and small businesses, including the dissolution of the 35 CEBs and the creation of the new Local Enterprise Offices
- and restructure transport and enterprise development bodies in the Shannon region
Minister Bruton said:
If we are to sustain and accelerate this positive movement, we must continue a relentless drive across Government on jobs and competitiveness.
That is why we are integrating the strong policy-making capabilities of Forfás into the heart of Government, to help drive job-creation policies across Government.
He added that the Forfás CEO, Martin Shanahan and his team had made a major contribution to the momentum to create jobs in the past two years.
“I look forward to continuing the strong collaboration we have built, to drive new reforms in employment and competitiveness policies and create the jobs we need,” he said.