Thursday, 11 March 2004

Questions (63)

Jan O'Sullivan


60 Ms O’Sullivan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if she has received an assessment of the labour market needs of the Clare area following the decision of the board of the Clare local employment service to discontinue services; the steps she intends to take to ensure that the needs of the client base dealt with by the Clare LES will continue to be met; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8096/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Enterprise)

The position with regard to the closure of Clare local employment service has remained as stated in my reply to Question No. 3791 answered on Tuesday, 10 February 2004. The board of Clare LES decided on 15 December 2003 to cease operations from 30 January 2004. I subsequently requested FÁS to conduct an assessment of the labour market needs of the Clare area in the context of the closure of the local employment service.

As part of this assessment, FÁS would bring forward recommendations on the type and level of a dedicated employment service necessary to address the particular needs of marginalised client groups in the region. FÁS is conducting the assessment as requested.