On the discontinuation of the Intern Work and Travel Program in the US

Thousands of Irish graduates have benefited from the intern work and travel, IWT, programme in the US in recent years. The programme was initiated in 2008 but is to cease in October 2014. Can the Tánaiste update the joint committee on the Government’s attempts to ensure the IWT programme will be extended? Universities have contacted me on this issue.

I thank the Tánaiste for the work he has done to assist those who discover their passports are out of date shortly before they are due to travel. This has been beneficial for Members of the Houses. The Tánaiste has helped ensure travel plans are not disrupted.

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