Dáil Éireann - Volume 662 - 30 September, 2008
Written Answers. - Skill Shortages.
Deputy Michael McGrath Deputy Michael McGrath
 Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the position regarding the funding of Skillnets for the remainder of 2008 and for 2009; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [32091/08]
Deputy Mary Coughlan Deputy Mary Coughlan
Deputy Mary Coughlan: Skillnets has received a total funding allocation of €26.734m for 2008. A total of €23.207m has been paid to date, leaving a balance of €3.527m. It is expected that Skillnets will draw down this amount during the remainder of 2008. Details of funding for Skillnets for 2009 will become available following publication of the Budget for 2009 in October. The Government has significantly increased funding provided to Skillnets in recent years, from a total of €1.5m in 1999 to €7.7m in 2005 and to some €26.7m in 2008.
Dáil Éireann 662 Written Answers. Skill Shortages.