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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

European Progress Microfinance Facility

We have received the following email being an update on:
The European Progress Microfinance Facility
date 27 July 2010 09:45
subject RE: EU micro finance

Dear Sir,

Thank you for your mail of 07.07.2010 where you enquire about how to apply for a loan under the European Progress Microfinance Facility.

In fact, the Facility is at this moment in the process of being set up. It is to be managed by the European Investment Fund (EIF) on the behalf of the Commission. The first step will be for the EIF to select microfinance providers in the Member States. These providers can be banks, not-for-profit micro lenders or institutions providing guarantees and other providers of microfinance products to microenterprises. With a view to this selection, the EIF has already presented a call for declaration of interest of microfinance providers European Progress Microfinance Facility

This means that, you cannot make your application yet for a microloan in your country. You must wait until the microfinance providers have been selected there. The names and other details of the microfinance providers will be published first on the website of the European Investment Fund ( My advice to you, therefore, is to consult that website regularly and to time your application accordingly.\epmf
Further information on the Facility is available on our own website: Read on.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

EBC LImerick

We have been in contacted by EBC Limerick.

They are a private college who deliver courses deliver courses in:
I.T. Management.
Hotel & Catering
and other areas from basic to advanced levels.

They are based at No. 6 Perry Square in Limerick and can be contacted at 061446534

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Commissioner Andor meets DRWA Delegation in Brussels

The above photographs show Alan Kelly MEP, Gerry Hinchy & Tony O'Shea of the Dell Redundant Workers Association  accompanied by Lazslo Andor (European Commissioner for Employment).

Gerry Hinchy and Tony O'Shea were in Brussels as part of a delegation of the DRWA Committee on Tuesday July 13th. This was at the invitation of Commissioner Andor to discuss the status of the EGF Fund.
Having been denied funding by the Department of Enterprise Trade & Innovation for the trip it became necessary to seek a sponsor. Without a sponsor the invitation to meet Commissioner Andor would have had to be declined.

Job placement which was one of the cornerstones of the EGF so that our members could be employed cannot now happen. This is because of the failure of the Irish Government to include this as part of the EGF submission to Europe. When Tony O'Shea asked the Commissioner if it was possible to include the redundant workers from Cherrywood so that they could benefit from the Fund....the answer was NO!!! This was due again to the Government's failure to include Cherrywood in the original submission.
Report on Radio Limerick Live 95FM 

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Information for Dell Redundant Workers
from Tipperary Institute

Education and training is acknowledged as one of the most effective means of dealing with the challenge of unemployment and a shrinking economy.  At TI we hope students will benefit from the positive learning environment and small class size as they progress through their studies.
Information evenings will be held at Clonmel campus from 6.00pm to 8.00pm 7th September and at Thurles Campus from 6.00pm to 8.00pm 8th September and all are welcome to meet staff who are available to answer queries regarding part-time or full-time programmes.

Development and Academic Services will be happy to respond to your queries and may be contacted at 0504 28072.

I have also been organizing mailshots to be forwarded to redundant workers in the Tipperary catchment area.  The mailshots will be posted to approximately 200 Tipperary based redundant workers over the next week. <Click on the link at the top of the page for more information.

Moya Breen
Director of Business
Tipperary Institute
Nenagh Road
Co Tipperary
0504 28150
087 2310022

Lifestyle Change Programme at UL Limerick for for DELL Employees


A few places are left on the Lifestyle Change Programme being run at UL Limerick. The programme will run in UL on Thursday mornings from 10-12 from mid July for eight weeks.
If you are interested please register:HERE

The programme aims to help people cope with unemployment. There will be sessions on; coping with loss of structure, developing healthy routines, stress management and career exploration.
Places are limited, if you are interested in attending please register at:HERE

Commissioner László Andor
Meets Dell Redundant Workers Association

* > European Commission
* > Entry from Commissioner László Andor's Diary for Tuesday 13/07/2010
5.15pm - Mr. László ANDOR receives Mr. Alan KELLY with a delegation of Dell workers.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Letter From Co. Limerick VEC

County Limerick VEC invites you to participate in our new adult education programmes, which are available free to you through your European Globalisation Fund (EGF).

Courses can be tailor-made to suit local needs and offered at flexible times in your local VEC centre or other suitable venue. An impartial Adult Guidance Service is also available to you. Here is a sample of the courses that we offer:

Driver Theory Test Suppor
Care of the Older Person
Leaving Certificate subjects
Computerised Payroll
Budgeting and Consumer Awareness
Self Development
Foreign Languages
Renewable Energy 
Retail Sales
Enterprise Skills

To find out more and to tell us what you would like the EGF to provide for you, please contact or call Assumpta O’Connell on 069 63077 for further information.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely,

Assumpta O’Connell
Assumpta O’Connell

Monday, July 5, 2010

Minister O’Keeffe announces 425 Technical Support Jobs in Dublin

The following is a press release from the DETI which may be of interest to our members:

5 July 2010

The Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, Batt O’Keeffe TD, today [Monday] announced that business process outsourcing firm Stream is to create 425 high-quality jobs in Dublin over the next 12 months.

The new positions will provide technical support in 17 languages across Europe.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Resources for DRWA Entrepreneurs

This message is especially aimed at those of you who have set up or are intending setting up your own business. In the first instance answers to most of your questions on applying for the EGF Fund are available in a special section of the Tusnua website:Tusnua:EGF Fund:Dell and Downstream Companies This information is not set in stone however. It continues to be added to. In the meantime if you have a question or issue about the information on this site bring it to the notice of your Committee. We will endeavour to resolve your issue as expeditiously as possible.

There may be those among you who still have not made up your mind about going it alone. We would appreciate it if you would indicate if you are among any of this group. We have been approached by a number of interested parties who are willing to make themselves available for the purpose of giving you the benefit of their experience. We We have discovered that a vast amount of goodwill exists out there. These interested parties are most anxious that "The Project" would be successful. THAT NO MONEY WOULD BE RETURNED TO EUROPE!!! Only you can make this happen.

How would you like to have available to you Business Mentoring, Advice and Interaction with Fellow Entrepreneurs? You could be the next McDonalds, Spar, Dominos Pizza or Bill Gates. We expect very shortly to be making further announcements in this regard. With your cooperation this aspect of the Association's activities can only lead to an improvement in your chances of success in what is a very tight market at the moment. It is widely recognised that the future is in indigineous Small and Medium Enterprises(SMEs).

Be assured that your Committee is making every endeavour to position ourselves to benefit from any upturn in the economy. With that in mind we are sourcing the best advice possible with a view to focussing on the future.
We are in a tight spot at the moment but remember what the Greek mathmatician Archimides said "Give me a firm place to stand and I will move the world"

Friday, July 2, 2010

Job Opportunities

Permanent and long term contracts - Min 4 yrs electronic exp in Dell essential
Buyer x 2
Snr Manufacturing Engineer
Snr Quality Engineer
Failure Investigations /Debug Technicians

We have a few other roles on but they need medical device experience.

Please have a look and see what you think.

Caroline Phillips
Managing Director
Phillips Career Solutions Ltd

Tel 00353 (0)91-863956
Fax 00353 (0)91-587015