€5.9m Dell European Globalisation Fund to return to European Commission – Doherty
Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty can today reveal that at least €5.9million of unspent European Globalisation Funds secured for redundant Dell workers is due to be returned to the European Commission. The information was in a Parliamentary Question tabled by Deputy Doherty.
Deputy Doherty said:
“In response to a parliamentary question Minister of State Ciaran Cannon has today confirmed that a staggering €5,978,311 of European Globalisation Fund monies secured for redundant Dell workers will be returned to the European Commission. The money will be returned because it was not spent by the Department within the time frame set down by the fund.
“This represents 40% of the total allocation available from the Commission for this funding programme.
“Only this week I received representations on behalf of Dell workers in Limerick who complained of the difficulties in accessing the funding for certified training and education courses before the funding deadline expired.
“It is an absolute disgrace that any money, let alone a figure of such magnitude, should be returned unspent. Are the Minister and his officials seriously telling us that the redundant workers did not want this money or did not seek to have it spent to assist their retraining and return to the work force?
“Minister Cannon needs to hold an independent inquiry into the operation of the European Globalisation Fund, not only for Dell but also for the Waterford Crystal, SR Technics and construction worker programmes. With a fresh application in the pipeline for Talk Talk there is an urgent need to understand the reasons for the failure of the programmes to date and to hold those responsible, at a political and administrative level, for the failure to properly use the funds provided by the European Commission.”