Tuesday, 21 July 1981
Dáil Eireann Debate
Mr. P. Barry: Presumably the question relates to the environmental improvement schemes programme. Under this programme 470 man-years of employment were provided in 1980. It is too early yet to indicate the figure for employment in 1981.
Mr. P. Barry: I would like to be more definite. The Deputy's concern would weigh much heavier with me if he had provided in the Estimates, when he was in charge of the Department, sufficient funds for this year.
Mr. Raphael Burke: The Minister is aware that there was, and is, money available in this year's Estimate. Will he assure the House that this money will not be taken and that the programme will continue this year and next year?
Mr. McMahon: Will the Minister assure the House that this programme will be continued for the full year rather than part of the year as happened in  1980? At that time 80 men employed by Dublin County Council had to be let go at very short notice because the money was not provided by the Department. Will he take steps to ensure that this will not happen in future?
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