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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Worries over Leader jobs

Published 18/03/2014 | 05:38

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EMPLOYEES of Leader and Local Development projects are worried about the future of their jobs under a new government enterprise plan.

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A new Local Enterprise Office is being created to assist entrepreneurs and small businesses in the county. The office will incorporate the County Enterprise Board and services currently provided by the County Council.

But councillors claim that Leader and Local Development employees are being kept in the dark about the impact it will have on their jobs.

'As of now, the Leader companies don't know where things stand,' said Cllr Declan McPartlin.

'There are up to 2,000 employees across the country between Local Development and Leader,' he said.

'Yet we have had no meaningful discussion on what will happen to them.'

Councillors received a report from Director of Services Tony Larkin telling them that an Evaluation and Approvals Committee is currently being formed which will decide on grant applications from enterprises.

The operation of the Local Enterprise Office will be covered by an agreement between Enterprise Ireland and Wexford County Council

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