€14.8m from EU will help State retrain Dell workers
A €14.8M kitty of European funding for the 2,400 workers in the Limerick region who lost their jobs when US giant Dell pulled out will be released to the Government within days.
The total retraining fund will rise to €22.8m when the €8m in government support is included. It will also be extended to workers at a number of firms affected by Dell moving its operations to Poland.
However, the main beneficiaries will be the 1,900 Dell employees who lost their jobs after the company relocated.
Applications for funding can be made through the county enterprise board to assist with retraining, job placements and start-up businesses as well as further education.
The Dell money will be administered by FAS regional director for Limerick Mary Donnelly.
Welcoming the move yesterday, Labour MEP Alan Kelly said he had received clarification from the European Commission that the money could be administered by the Irish Government as soon as possible.