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Minister Doherty misled Dáil on JobPath figures – Brady

20 February, 2019 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has accused Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty of misleading the Dáil in relation to the number of jobs sourced through the JobPath service.

Teachta Brady said:

“During the debate on the Sinn Féin Motion regarding JobPath, Minister Doherty stated in her response that “41,000 persons gained a full time job” through the service.

“However, when I sought a breakdown of the 41,000 figure, I received correspondence from Minister Doherty which told me that of the 40,869 job starts, just 11,334 were sustained for over 12 months.

“So, in reality what the Minister means by 40,869 full time jobs is actually 11,334 jobs which lasted for over one year. 

“For a scheme that is as successful as Minister Doherty insists, she should be willing to use the actual figures rather than figures which do not represent the reality of job outcomes. Instead, she uses misleading figures without any substance.

“The Dáil has spoken. They have passed the Sinn Féin Motion to end the mandatory nature of JobPath and to end referrals to it. Minister Doherty cannot ignore the democratic wishes of the Dáil. JobPath has failed and it needs to go.” 

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