Minister Hogan to launch volunteering initiative in Ballyshannon

Environment Minister Phil Hogan pays his first official visit to Donegal today.

This afternoon, Minister Hogan will launch the IFI backed "Volunteering in the Community Programme" in Ballyshannon.

The scheme, with a budget of over quarter of a million euro is intended to deliver seven development courses targeted at youths in local communities in the immediate border areas.

Donegal Local Development Company CEO Caomhain Mc Aoidh says while the primary aim is to secure employment for people, volunteeriung may provide a respite during periods of unemployment.

However, he's stressing there are strict conditions to ensure that volunteers are not used to replace paid workers........