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North Clondalkin unemployed training cuts must be reversed

15 September, 2015 - by Eoin O'Broin

Sinn Féin Councillor Eoin Ó Broin has called on the Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan and the Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board to ‘immediately reverse the cuts to the CEEDS Local Training Initiative that were announced earlier this month’

Cllr Ó Broin said:

‘The Local Training Initiative has been run for the last 18 years from Aras Rualach on the Neilstown Road. It provides training to young people and was due to start with 17 trainees on Monday September 2nd. It also employs two people full time.

‘However on Wednesday September 2nd the Education and Training Board informed the management of the Local Training Initiative that the funding was being pulled and the trainees would have to travel to Tallaght if they wanted to access the course.

‘The Local Training Initiative has long track record of providing an invaluable service to the community in North Clondalkin. It is run by CEEDS from Aras Rualach which has a strong reputation with the local community.

‘The decision to cut this service makes no sense. North Clondalkin has high levels of unemployment, youth unemployment and social disadvantage. We need more services to get people back to work not less.

’17 young people were due to start this course on Monday September 7th. Many of them will now drop out of training. The funding cut will also result in the loss of two full time jobs.

‘Given that this six month course costs only €50,000 to run and is run twice a year clearly the savings being made by the ETB are minimal. However the loss to the local community are enormous.

‘I have written to the Minister for education and to the Education and Training Board urging them to reverse this cut immediately. They also need to ensure into discussions with the Management and staff and the North Clondalkin Local Training Initiative.

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