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EU Budget Committee votes to make €1.5m available for jobs- Lynn Boylan MEP

4 November, 2014 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Dublin MEP Lynn Boylan has welcomed a Budget Committee vote in Brussels today that should be beneficial to the 171 workers made redundant at jewellery maker Andersen, which was located in the Rathkeale area of Limerick.

The vote supports the EU making €1.5m available to help find or create jobs for the former Andersen workers who were made redundant.

 Speaking in Brussels this morning, Lynn Boylan said:

 “I am delighted with the Budget Committee’s vote today. The vote involved two European Globalisation Fund (EGF) cases, one of which was Andersen.

 “The closure of Andersen had an exceptional impact on the Rathkeale area. Of the 171 workers made redundant, 119 were women whose wage was often the sole or most significant income for entire families living in an economically challenged area. Rathkeale has an unemployment rate of 39.3% according to the 2011 census.

 “I am particularly delighted that the amendment I introduced was also passed. My amendment will ensure that the training offered to help find or create jobs for those made redundant will not be exclusive (in the same manner as the youth guarantee was) and will include everyone, including disadvantaged groups.”

 “As my group’s spokesperson on the EGF within the Employment committee, I have followed this case closely. It will now proceed to a full vote of MEPs in the EU Parliament and, as is usual after a Budget Committee vote. I am confident that MEPs will support this funding application, which will signal good news for the people of Rathkeale.”

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