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News & Events

Latest News from the European Social Fund

Latest News - Press Articles


15 May 2019 - Government launches Springboard+ 2019

16 April 2019 - Minister Stanton Launches €10m Open Call for Proposals for Projects under European Funding

14 January 2019 - Ministers McHugh and Halligan Announce Competitive Call for Springboard+ 2019

31 January 2019 - Ministers Doherty and McGrath launch WALK REAL Ability Project for young  people with disabilities


22 October 2018 - Employers recruiting for  vacancies in retail, sales, administration, the food and hospitality  industries, early years education and more Advisers from France, Germany, Spain and Sweden to  give advice on career options in Europe

24 September 2018 - Minister Doherty  Announces Launch of the Youth Employment Support Scheme (YESS)

16 August 2018 - Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Mr Paul Kehoe, T.D., welcomes the graduation of 24 young jobseekers who participated in the Defence Forces Employment Support Scheme at Collins Barracks, Cork 

04 June 2018 - Government launch Springboard+ 2018

01 June 2018 - Ministers Doherty and McGrath announce funding of €16 million for 27 Projects under ‘Ability’  Programme for young people with disabilities

20 April 2018 - Minister Ring announces €190 million SICAP Programme for deprived and marginalised communities


27 October 2017 - Minister Bruton and Minister Mitchell O’Connor welcome results of first external review of fund for students with disabilities

October 2017 - HEA Report Review of the Fund for Students with Disabilities

25 May 2017 - Ministers Bruton and Halligan launch 6,471 free higher education places under Springboard+

24 January 2017 - Funding for Gender Equality and Migrant Integration announced by Tánaiste and Minister Stanton 


22 September 2016 - Minister of State Stanton launches Migrant Integration and Gender Equality Funding opens Call for EU funded projects

22 September 2016 - Speech by Mr. David Stanton, T.D., Minister of State for Justice at the Department of Justice and Equality with responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration

19 September 2016 - Minister Bruton makes €2.7m available for initial teacher education access initiatives

15 June 2016 - Ministers Bruton and Halligan launch the latest Springboard+ offering of 5,825 free higher education places, including 699 new part-time two-year ICT Conversion Courses 

7 January 2016 - Seven new Garda Youth Diversion Projects to come into operation in 2016


14 December 2015 - The contribution of ESIF to jobs and growth

23 September 2015 - SICAP officially launched by Minister Kelly at National Ploughing Championships

25 September 2015 - Supporting the integration of asylum seekers and refugees

14 May 2015 - Minister Fitzgerald launches ‘Kerry Empowering Youth – KEY’  addressing youth crime reduction

22 May 2015 - ESF Operational Programme for Ireland adopted

13 February 2015 - European Commission commits more than 66 billion euro to promote economic development across Europe

4 February 2015 - European Commission proposes to make 1 billion euro from the Youth Employment Initiative available 

4 February 2015 - Department of Social Protection launches two new programmes to help young jobseekers

19 January 2015 - European Commission; Avoiding a "Lost Generation": what (more) can the EU do tackle youth unemployment?


18 November 2014 - Partnership agreement with Ireland adopted

30 September 2014 - Momentum 2014 Programme offers 6,500 training and education places for jobseekers

5 May 2014 - European Commission adopts EU's first ‘Partnership Agreement’ on using EU Structural and Investment Funds for growth and jobs in 2014-2020

5 February 2014 - ESF and the Youth Employment Initiative: vital instruments for a job rich recovery

3 February 2014 - Ministers Fitzgerald and Shatter welcome the publication of ‘Tackling Crime’: Youth Justice Action Plan 2014 – 2018


10 July 2013 - MEPs approve €325 billion investment tool for EU regions 

21 May 2013 - European Commission proposes measures to help crisis-hit countries to use much needed EU funds

12 March 2013 - Commission proposes rules to make Youth Employment Initiative a reality


30 October 2012 - EPIC Programme Graduation Ceremony, 30th October 2012

16 May 2012 - Over €1 million in funding for projects supporting women's economic activity- Equality Minister Kathleen Lynch announces extension of ESF funding to 36 positive action projects

23 March 2012 - Department of Social Protection announces expansion of Disability Activation Project to assist people with disabilities to access employment

14 March 2012 - European Commission proposes one programming tool for all structural funds