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Logistics of youth guarantee scheme come before funding, says Taoiseach

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore also addressed concerns over the scheme, stressing that it will be implemented in 2014.

TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has dismissed reports that a lack of funding could hamper the implementation of the ‘youth guarantee’ scheme, saying that knowing who becomes unemployed, and when, comes first.

The Irish Times reports this morning that there is growing doubt over the scheme and whether the government will be able to offer employment to young adults within four mounts of them becoming unemployed.

Speaking to reporters ahead of this morning’s Cabinet meeting, the Taoiseach said that SOLAS will be able to provide the logistics to quickly offer the necessary employment opportunities.

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, also speaking at Government Buildings, said that the scheme will be implemented, and that the funding has been front-loaded to 2014 to address the problem of youth unemployment sooner than later.

The Taoiseach will travel  to Paris later today to attend a conference on youth unemployment in Europe. He said the challenges he believes needs to be addressed is if “any country in the position to actually make an offer to a young person under 25 who becomes unemployed within four to six mounts, and if so if is a meaning offer a internship, apprenticeship or job”.

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