The Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar TD has agreed to review the operation of the Tús and Community Employment schemes following issues raised around the schemes by Deputy Lawless.

Speaking on the Order of Business the Kildare North TD stated to the Minister, “I wish to raise an issue relating to community employment placements. Traditionally, employees would have gone onto a Tús scheme. From there they would have gone on to work with a local organisation, often a community or charitable organisation, and then they would have moved onto a community employment, CE, scheme at the same location.

“This worked well for the individual and the organisations. It appears that since the advent of JobPath, operated by Turas Nua and Seetec, this path is blocked and individuals coming off the Tús scheme are placed in limbo for 12 months and are unable to return to a CE scheme.

Deputy Lawless added “We are losing willing and able workers, most of who would be contributing to Tidy Towns groups or local charities but are now left in uncertainty. This all stems from changes made to the scheme last August when it was outsourced to private providers.”