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Community Employment at 23,000

Several announcements were made about the operation of Community Employment for 2010.  The Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade & Employment, Dara Calleary, told the Dail that savings had been made in the area of training allowances (down from €24.40 to €20 and from €48.80 to €40 a week) and in trainings and materials (down from €1,500 to €750 a year).  The aim was to make possible an increase in Community Employment by 500 places to 23,300 (Dail Eireann, Debates, 19th January 2010, 170).  Later, the minister of state told the Dail that end-of-year figures for 2008 were 22,896, rising to 23,512 at end 2009 (Dail Eireann, Debates, 26th January 2010, 151).

> See also: Dail Eireann, Debates, 2nd February 2010, 879