Dáil Éireann - Volume 609 - 08 November, 2005

Written Answers. - Youth Services.

  636. Ms O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Education and Science the effect the cap on public sector employee numbers is having on the implementation of the Youth Work Act 2001; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [33097/05]

  Ms Hanafin: The Youth Work Act 2001, provides a legal framework for the provision of youth work programmes and services to be organised by the Minister for Education and Science, the vocational education committees and national and regional youth work organisations. With regard to the appointment of an assessor of youth work, I recognise that this is an important development for youth work. Sanction for this post has been received from the Department of Finance and it is my Department’s intention to have this post filled in the near future. With regard to the additional posts being sought by VECs to fulfil their requirements under the Act, discussions are ongoing between my Department and the Department of Finance.