Thursday, 25 May 1978
Dáil Eireann Debate
Mr. Barrett: My Department notified details of this programme, including allocations totalling £4 million, to local authorities on 23 February 1978. The selection and execution of works under the programme is a matter for the local authorities, subject to general guidelines issued by my Department.
Mr. Kenny: Is the Minister aware that much of this scheme is paralysed at present and possibly hundreds of young people are being denied the right to the opportunity of even temporary employment? When will the recommendation of the working party on the status of engineers be made known?
Mr. Barrett: Because of the attitude of engineers a number of counties have not been able to implement this scheme yet. It has been implemented already in some of the bigger and more heavily populated counties. The next report, perhaps at the end of June, will show a drastic increase even in those counties. I am reasonably confident that the counties which have not operated it— and there are not too many of them— will be operating it by that time.
Mr. Barrett: They will last until the £4 million has been spent, however  long that is. Allocations have been made for each county with a view to making them last during the year. The allocations have been based on that.
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