Waterford based Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane has tonight welcomed the formal approval by the EU Parliament of a further allocation of €2.7m under the EU Globalisation fund.
The overall support package now stands at over €5.4 m. Senator Cullinane commended all those who voted in favour of the fund including Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson. He also praised the work of the Employee Representative Group for their part in making this happen.
Speaking tonight Senator Cullinane said:
“I am delighted that this latest round of funding has been approved. A lot of work has been done by the minister, departmental officials, former employees and local and regional public representatives to make this a reality. It is vital that the funding is used in a targeted and proactive way to ensure facilitation back into the workforce for those who lost their jobs.
“It is also crucial that the relevant departments in this state are flexible in their approach and see this funding as providing additional resources and support to what is already being provided by the state. It is also hoped that the mistakes of the past have been learned and that this funding will be best utilised to provide additional supports to former workers.” ENDS