Seanad debates

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

4:00 pm

Photo of Paudie CoffeyPaudie Coffey (Fine Gael)

I thank the Minister of State for the information but I am disappointed by it. The criteria have made it easier for Irish companies to access the European globalisation fund but I am disappointed with the lack of urgency with regard to job losses at Waterford Crystal. My understanding is that Limerick is treated as a high priority, with a visit from the European Commissioner, whereas in the case of Waterford, there is no urgency. The initial application has not been considered, it is only being put together at a delayed stage when job losses have happened. Workers are in urgent need of retraining and reskilling. It is not good enough. When will the Government stop sitting on its hands and engage with the people of Waterford and the European Commission and apply for the fund? The criteria are clearly set out. When will the Minister of State confirm that the application has been submitted? There is a lot of vague-----


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