I am confident that this research will underpin a world class social enterprise policy for Ireland

Michael Ring TD

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, announced the new research partnership at the premises of social enterprise Speedpak in Coolock, Dublin.

Minister Ring said: “While many studies have been conducted on the social enterprise sector in Ireland, there has been a gap up to now in terms of a cohesive national policy and roadmap for that sector.  I am delighted to announce that my Department has partnered with the Social Finance Foundation to conduct new research which will support the development of such a policy. I am confident that this research will underpin a world class social enterprise policy for Ireland.

The Minister added: ‘As our economy continues to improve, it is vital that we continue to support people who wish to create jobs and services and rebuild their communities.  When these jobs are created in enterprises with a genuine commitment to reinvesting in social and community progress, it benefits everyone.’

The Minister has established a Steering Group to oversee the research, involving key Government Departments and experienced social enterprise practitioners. The policy is scheduled to be completed in early 2018 and its development involves wide ranging consultation with relevant stakeholders in the public, private and social sectors.  A number of workshops have already taken place to discuss key topics such as social enterprise finance, business supports and networks.