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:

More in this Section

Referee dies during camogie game in Cork

Controversial Orange Order parade passes off peacefully

'Health service needs equivalent of six extra large hospitals'

Update: Gardaí investigating murder of man in his 60s in Dublin make arrest


Today's Stories

Tumour 'would have paralysed’ grandmother if family had not paid for private MRI scan

Irish Water funding cut by €150m over next two years

C&AG report: Health the chief culprit in overspend of €1bn; Serious misgivings over Direct Provision

Gas users face hefty charges after error

Lifestyle

Designer Kathleen Leadbetter is on a mission to make simple, beautiful glassware

Meet Al Porter, the new king of comedy

Fashion editor Annmarie O’Connor’s winter coat edit

Olive oil will add flavour, depth and colour to these 4 recipes

More From The Irish Examiner