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Over 100,000 people referred to JobPath got nothing from it – Kenny

21 June, 2019 - by Martin Kenny TD

Sinn Féin TD for Sligo, Leitrim, North Roscommon, and South Donegal Martin Kenny has highlighted the reply to a parliamentary question about JobPath from his colleague, John Brady Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection. 

Speaking on figures obtained through Parliamentary Questions, Teachta Kenny said:

“These figures, obtained by my colleague, tell us what the JobPath scheme has achieved since its introduction almost four years ago. 

“So far, 226,851 people have been referred to JobPath with 27,476 people referred to the scheme twice and so far, 354 people referred three times. A ludicrous situation where people are put through the scheme over and over and over again. 

“Of the 226,851 referred since 2015, there are only 74,000 now engaged. I think it is fair to ask what has happened to the majority of people put on JobPath who are no longer engaged. 

“The Minister tells us that 51,548 people have started work through JobPath however, only 14,617 of these have been in work for a year.

"That means that over four years and a cost of €182 million, just 6% of people have held down a job for a year. 

“The rest are not involved with JobPath anymore. So, 101,303 people have got nothing from the scheme. It really beggars belief. 

“Earlier this year, Sinn Féin brought forward a Dáil Motion which called for an end to JobPath referrals and an end to forcing people to be involved with it. 

"This Motion was passed by the Dáil yet, Minister Doherty chose to ignore the will of the Dáil and has done nothing.

“I am calling on Minister Doherty to open her eyes. JobPath has failed miserably. It has to go.” 

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