Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Disability Margaret Murphy O’Mahony says Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, needs to get its act together when it comes to employing people with disabilities. New figures released to Deputy Murphy O’Mahony reveal the agency is barely employing a quarter of what is required.
“The Disability Act 2005 places an obligation on public bodies to consider and respond to the needs of people with disabilities. Under Part 5 of the Act, 3% of jobs in public service bodies (local authorities, civil service, the Health Service Executive etc) are reserved for people with disabilities”, explained Deputy Murphy O’Mahony.
Despite this, information supplied to the Cork South West TD by Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone shows that at the end of 2016 only 0.7% of Tusla staff had a disability.
“This is a very disappointing level of employment, putting Tusla very much at variance with other public sector bodies. When you consider that the wider public sector achieved the 3% target in 2011, it seems extraordinary that Tusla should still be so far behind five years later.
“I am also shocked by the fact that there appears to have been a deterioration in the situation, as the National Disability Authority reported Tusla as having 1.2 pc staff with a disability in 2015.
“Ministers Zappone and McGrath need to get on the case here and find out why Tusla is so far behind. A new target of 6% has now been set for public service bodies but at current rates no one can be confident that Tusla will achieve it.”