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Sinn Féin help to secure €2.49 million fund for Lufthansa Technik workers – Ní Riada

26 March, 2015 - by Liadh Ní Riada MEP


Sinn Féin MEP for Ireland South Liadh Ní Riada welcomed the adoption by the European Parliament’s Budgets Committee of the proposal to provide €2.49 million in employment, training and enterprise supports for 250 redundant workers and 200 unemployed young people in the Rathcoole area of Co. Dublin.

Liadh Ní Riada sits on the Budgets Committee and yesterday spoke on the proposal, encouraging her colleagues from across Europe to give a green light to the use of European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) monies for a suite of personalised services to help workers retrain, find jobs or start businesses.

Ní Riada said:

“The EGF exists to support groups of workers who have lost their jobs through factory closures and relocations. Member states can apply for money to provide tailored programmes of supports such as guidance and career services, training and further education programmes, higher education programmes, enterprise and self-employment supports, income supports and education and course expense grants schemes.

“Dublin’s Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan and I had discussed the situation in Rathcoole at length ahead of the vote, and I am pleased to see that in addition to services for the 250 affected workers, 200 young unemployed people from the area will be entitled to avail of the supports on offer.

“I called on my colleagues on the Budgets committee to recognise the need to provide assistance to those who find themselves out of work as a result of the economic and social crisis, and to support this proposal to mobilise this funding for an area beset by unemployment.

“Job losses of any size are devastating for the workers involved and for their community. The knock-on effect of large-scale job losses on the economy of an area can be seismic. I hope this €2.49 million EGF intervention, alongside additional state funding, will have a positive impact on workers, young people in the area and the economy in general.

“Sinn Féin’s four MEPs will continue to work together to secure the best deals for the people of Ireland.“

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