Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Questions (97)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

97. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will provide additional community employment places to a community organisation (details supplied) in Dublin 17 regarding a proposed environmental project due to the strong renewed case made by the organisation for these places. [24198/14]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

The organisation in question recently submitted an application for additional places on the Community Employment project. The main objective of CE is to enable long-term unemployed people to re-enter the labour market through the provision of training and work experience on a fixed-term basis. While, the application submitted details the benefits for the local community, it gives no information in relation to training and development of participants or how it will improve their prospects of gaining employment. In the circumstances, it is not proposed to sanction the additional CE numbers requested by the organisation. However, the Department will consider how the proposal might be supported under one of its other employment schemes such as Gateway or Tús. Officials will be in contact with the organisation in this regard in the coming weeks.

Questions Nos. 98 and 99 answered with Question No. 89.