Concern at poor record of JobPath programme
ONLY 11,334 jobs out of 206,000 were sustained in employment exceeding 12 months under the JobPath programme, Sinn Fein deputy John Brady told the Dáil.
Speaking during Question Time, he said in a recent debate, TDs from across this Chamber had voiced serious concerns and gave example after example of what exactly is happening within Turas Nua and Seetec. ‘Certainly, the evidence that was given in this Chamber was not anecdotal,’ he said. ‘I stated during that debate that TDs do not lie at home dreaming up these cases. These are real cases. TDs act as the eyes and ears of the public and those stories, which we raised, were brought to our attention. Therefore, they were certainly not anecdotal evidence.’
Deputy Brady asked Minister Regina Doherty how she cold conclude that the programme has been successful given that not even close to half of those 41,000 full-time jobs have been sustained in employment for over a year.
In reply the Minister said she was satisfied that the proper course of action is to continue with the service in order to support our long-term unemployed jobseekers. ‘Thankfully, the numbers of long-term jobseekers are dropping, as reported by the Central Statistics Office,’ she said. ‘I do not believe the Deputy and I are ever going to agree on this and so we will have to agree to disagree,’ she said. ‘For some reason, he has a problem with the JobPath programme.’