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People being referred to JobPath for a third time ‘an absolute farce’ – Brady

7 March, 2019 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has described as ‘an absolute farce’ the referral of people to JobPath for a third time having already spent two years on it.

Teachta Brady said:

“This week, in reply to a question on JobPath referrals, Minister Regina Doherty confirmed that people were now being referred to JobPath for a third time with the figure currently at 25. While this is a low number, it shows the Minister’s intention to continue to refer people to the service over and over again and this number will only increase.

“JobPath has failed. It does not enjoy the support of the majority in the Dáil. It has wasted millions in taxpayers’ money and we now have the ridiculous situation where people are being referred to JobPath for a third time.

“This means a third initial referral fee of €311 paid in respect of the same person three times. That is a total of €933 in referral fees for the same person. This is a disgraceful waste of taxpayers’ money and it must end.

“The idea that people are going back to start the JobPath programme all over again for a third time and a third year really is beyond a joke.

 “The JobPath providers are the only beneficiaries in this programme and they must be laughing all the way to the bank on the back of the Irish taxpayer.

 “I again call on Minister Doherty to honour the democratic wishes of the Dáil and end this scandal now.” 

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