Friday 11th June, 2021

Extension of contracts until end October 2021 to benefit over 11,000 participants 

Participants will be facilitated in exiting schemes on phased basis 

Minister for Disabilities and Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East, Anne Rabbitte, has today welcomed the announcement of further measures to support participants of Community Employment (CE) and Tús schemes.

These measures will extend CE and Tús participants’ contracts further until the end of October 2021. This will be a massive benefit to those on the scheme in Galway whose contracts were due to end in July or existing CE/Tús participants whose contracts would ordinarily come to an end between July and October.

Minister Rabbitte commented:

I welcome today’s announcement to support participants of the CE and Tús schemes whose work placements, that help deliver a range of services to local communities, have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the TD for Galway East, I know first-hand just how valuable these schemes are both for participants and their communities they’re serving. These schemes play an important role in towns and villages across Galway and are a lifeline in many rural communities. This is why the full re-commencement of service delivery in local communities, that the measures being announced today will support, is so valuable whilst simultaneously supporting participants who have been long-term unemployed.

Minister Rabbitte continued:

Many participants’ time on the schemes has been adversely affected by public health restrictions and this latest extension will allow participants further opportunities to complete their training and work placement experience. Importantly, this final extension will also allow CE and Tús schemes to conclude participants’ placements on a co-ordinated and phased basis.

This should provide participants in the scheme from East Galway with the reassurance and certainty that there will be an orderly continuation of services in local communities and that they will be able to complete their training and work placement experience.

Minister Rabbitte concluded,

This will also facilitate the planned increase in the rate of referrals to fill existing and new vacancies to ensure that opportunities to participate on the schemes continue to be available to those who are long term unemployed and furthest removed from the labour market.