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Dáil debates

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Other Questions

Jobseeker's Payments

6:15 pm

Photo of Regina DohertyRegina Doherty (Meath East, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

The purpose of this lower payment is to encourage younger people to provide themselves with opportunities such as back to education, to provide community employment schemes or any of the activation measures that are available to support, assist and help younger people into employment and into the workforce. Let me point out something to the Deputy. It is working. One of the largest drops in unemployment has been in our younger people, and particularly in our younger graduates over the last number of years. The Deputy's ambition for younger people might be entirely different to mine, but my ambition for younger people who still remain on the live register is to help to work hard and to do everything that we can to support them into full-time, meaningful, well-paid employment. That is what we are going to focus on.


Jo Seph
Posted on 22 Sep 2017 2:15 pm (Report this comment)

I find it hard to believe that the Ministers stance on age discrimination is ' It is there for those who want it,'

The minister stated 'It is categorically not discriminatory. If it was, somebody would have already taken and tested a case against it, and that has not happened.'

In light of that, I would be interested to know what her response is to this case, and is this a case of if you complain, you get what you want?

There are people under 25 who have worked since leaving school, and in some cases beforehand. There are also people over 25 who have never worked a day in their lives.

For most people under 25, it isn't an option to live at home anymore, as their parents are also being effected by the reduction of job security and wages over recent years.

For a young person to avail of the aforementioned schemes, they have to qualify for a period of time. In this case, the longer you are unemployed, the better the reward. If it truly was a case of 'it's there for those who need it' , this wouldn't be the case.

Let's also look at the fact that the training courses offered by DSP can often be short term, and the long term courses often have long waiting lists, and not every applicant will be granted a place.

Does this make it ok for them to be discriminated against?

Young people are the future of this country, and are also the ones that have no other choice but to enter zero hour contracts, or underpayment for longer working hours that older generations who have tenure in their positions might not have to consider. There are, like every group in society, a minority who DO want to get paid for nothing, but for the majority, this isn't the case.

I would suggest to the minister that, before painting all young people with the same brush, to actually look into WHY there are so many young people seeking assistance. The majority of jobs, as scarce as they are, can never guarantee full time hours, so even with employment, young people are depending on the social welfare system. What is the ministers answer to these scenarios?

It's fantastic that you felt the need to say your 18 year old son would be delighted to be 'handed' €102 p/w, but not everyone in this country has parents to rely on, or the comfort and security of a parent with a high paying position like yourself.

The job of a Social Welfare Minister is not to judge who is deserving based on her own personal situation, but to ensure that each person is looked after equally as an individual. This simply isn't happening.

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