Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Questions (65)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

65. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government where the €2 million announced as part of budget 2014 or employment opportunities for long-term unemployed appears in his Department's budget; and the way in which this money will be administered. [44817/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

€2m will be allocated from the Dormant Accounts Fund in 2014 for payments to local authorities to assist them meet once-off costs such as health and safety training, personal protective clothing, equipment and a contribution to materials for the works to be undertaken by participants in the Gateway initiative, the local authority contribution to labour market activation. Gateway will provide short-term quality and suitable work opportunities for unemployed people who are economically, educationally or socially disadvantaged while at the same time assist in their personal, educational and social development by carrying out beneficial work within communities. This initiative will be funded from the €74.259m provided in respect of Community and Rural Development Programme Expenditure in the Abridged Estimates for my Department.