Statement

Hayes welcomes €125 Million EU Social Fund increase

Great opportunity for Dublin based projects and programmes

Fine Gael Dublin MEP, Brian Hayes, has welcomed the announcement this week of an increase in the EU Social Fund of €125 million. The increase brings the total Social Fund in Ireland to over €500 million over the next 7 years. The funding is part of a €3.3 billion EU Structural Funds announcement made by new EU Commissioner Phil Hogan.

“Over the next 7 years over €500 million will be allocated to the EU Social Fund in Ireland. The ESF can be used to support job creation programmes, training, literacy programmes as well as education projects. The money can also be used to promote entrepreneurship and tackle social exclusion.”

‘DigiMedia’ is one Dublin based programme that benefited from ESF Funds. The programme offered training for 100 participants in the digital communication and audio-visual sector. The opportunity now exists for many more Dublin based projects to expand and for new ones to be established.” said Mr Hayes.

“The European Social Fund has been hugely beneficial to Ireland. From 2007-2013 Ireland received €375 million in social funding and benefited 166,152 people. Funding has increased significantly for the new EU Social Fund. I am encouraging those interested to make contact with ESF Operation Unit in the Department of Education who has responsibility for administering the funds” concluded Mr Hayes.

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