Burton backs 'Youth Guarantee Scheme'

The Social Protection Minister is insisting that solving the youth unemployment crisis is a government priority.

Joan Burton and the Taoiseach are in Paris today attending a European meeting on the issue of youth joblessness.

The meeting comes as funding concerns are expressed about the 'Youth Guarantee Scheme', a training, education and jobs initiative due to be launched here in the new year.

AUDIO: However Minister Burton is adamant the scheme will go ahead as planned and will be strengthened by the Europe-wide initiatives

Meanwhile Fianna Fáil has said it is baffled by the Taoiseach's response to concerns about the Youth Guarantee Scheme.

The Irish Times reports today that there is growing doubt over funding the plan to offer work or training to young people within four months of leaving school or becoming unemployed.

Speaking this morning before heading to Paris to discuss youth unemployment at an EU level Enda Kenny said the issue is not funding but knowing who becomes unemployed, and when.

AUDIO: Fianna Fáil's Dara Calleary said the Taoiseach is getting his priorities wrong:

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