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Hogan, Phil

Tuesday, 3 December 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 558 Nbr. 4

Other Questions. - Western Investment Fund.

Asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs: the way in which the Western Development Commission will operate in 2003 in view of the 10% cutback in the Western Development Commission budget; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Private Members' Business. - Community Employment Schemes: Motion.

I move:More Button

That Dáil Éireann:More Button

acknowledging the work undertaken by community groups throughout the country with the assistance of the FÁS Community Employment Schemes;More Button

acknowledging the deteriorating economic climate for people that are displaced from CE schemes in gaining access to other work;More Button

recognising the deep concern of community, health and sporting organisations about the future of these schemes and the continuation of important local projects and activities;More Button

accepting the contribution that these schemes make to the self esteem of the participants; andMore Button

calls on the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment to ensure the continuation of these Community Employment Schemes, at the same levels of availability as 2002, and to e...More Button

I wish to share my time with Deputies Murphy, Connaughton, Crawford and Allen.More Button

The decision by the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment to agree to the reduction of a further 5,000 places in the community employment schemes is heartless and unsymp...More Button

The Tánaiste is clearly demonstrating that she is out of touch with reality and out of touch with the communities in question. She does not wish to recognise or acknowledge the deep concern ...More Button

The Government has indicated that it wishes to invest in measures that have a primary focus on employability and, in deciding on the 2003 allocation in the Estimates for FÁS, it states that ...More Button

The Tánaiste has deliberately reduced the budget of community employment schemes in order to balance the books. She has identified vulnerable groups in community, sporting and disability org...More Button

The people that are suffering from the irresponsibility of over-expenditure have made a major contribution to neighbourhoods, communities and activities that would not have been carried out were it...More Button

The Government has stated the reason that it is reducing the CE schemes is to recognise the significant reduction in the numbers of unemployed. This may have been the case up to the end of 2001, bu...More Button

The Tánaiste has also made great political play of the money that is being made available for the social economy programme. This is a completely different scheme which requires the sale of p...More Button

Let me give a few examples of how the decisions for which the Tánaiste is responsible are having an impact at community level. I received a letter from Kells Regional, Economic and Tourism E...More Button

A single person on a CE scheme earns €143.20. A single person on social welfare earns €118.80, so the extra cost per participant on a CE scheme is €24.40. That is an extra cost of &e...More Button

I came across another group recently in Inistiogue in County Kilkenny which was recently presented, to a fanfare of publicity, with a national award from FÁS because of their great work in c...More Button

Castlecomer, in north County Kilkenny, had 30 people involved in a community employment scheme doing a range of activities in the area. The number on the scheme is to be reduced to 18 or less in 20...More Button

The continuation of community employment schemes at the 2002 levels of availability is vitally important to allow everyone the opportunity to work. Fine Gael is in favour of giving people the oppor...More Button

The viability of the projects and activities of every community group are now dependent on the participation of people in community employment schemes. Almost every community hall, parish hall, spo...More Button

We on this side of the House are committed to maintaining the participation of these schemes at 2002 levels. That recognises the financial position in the country, which has changed since the gener...More Button

The way times have changed since the general election, when there was no problem with these schemes, nor with the amount of money available to them, is reflected in an article today in a national n...More Button

The Minister now has the opportunity to set the record straight regarding her bona fides before and since the general election. Her action today does not give me confidence that she will acknowledg...More Button

They are at it everywhere.More Button

See the big crowds they bring to the halls.More Button

They would not want to hold their breath.More Button

The Minister of State should tell that to the lads in Carrantuohill.More Button

The fellows on the ground must not know that. Why are they being laid off?More Button

“Constraints” is the buzz word.More Button

All friends of the Minister.More Button

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Deputy McDowell, must have heard about it.More Button

She might go away with the Deputy during the summer.More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Expenditure.

Asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs: the way in which the community affairs sections of his Department will function in 2003 in view of the overall cutback of 7% in the community affairs section of his Department; and if he will make ...More Button

Written Answers. - Flood Relief.

Asked the Minister for Finance: his views on a national flood defence agency as outlined by the Irish Insurance Federation; his views on whether this could be funded by a portion of the 2% stamp duty which he collects from non-li...More Button