Con­cern at poor record of JobPath pro­gramme

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

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.’

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