Written Answers - Job Losses.

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 666 No. 3

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  182.  Deputy Thomas P. Broughan  Information on Thomas P. Broughan  Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan   asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment  Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan   if she has reviewed the recent significant job losses in the motor sales sector in view of the fact that it has been reported that as many as 2,000 workers have been let go from car dealerships here; if she will bring forward measures to target unemployment in this sector; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39232/08]

[651]Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment (Deputy Mary Coughlan): Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan  Many sectors, including the motor trade, are being affected by the downturn in the economy. The Government is taking decisive action in this regard. FÁS and the Department of Social and Family Affairs are working together to respond quickly to the rising Live Register numbers, for example: FÁS is, with the Local Employment Services provided by Area-Based Partnerships, currently gearing up its Employment Services further to provide increased capacity for expected increased referrals from the Live Register and FÁS is providing a range of certified, short, flexible, modular programmes designed to upskill redundant workers so that they can enhance their prospect of securing employment. The frequency and range of these programmes will be expanded over the coming months. Those who become redundant because of company restructuring or closure are free to access the full range of services provided by FÁS.


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