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Partnerships: ‘2,000 fear for their jobs’

Paschal Mooney (FF, agricultural) again expressed his concern as to the future of the local development partnerships (Seanad Eireann, Debates, 13th March 2013, 49).  There was very little clarity about the new structures and he asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to clarify the future of the jobs involved, over 2,000 including 19 to 20 in his own county.  He had attended a meeting with them last Monday and they were genuinely concerned about their future: their contracts ended on 31st December and they had no idea what would happen after that.