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Questions on Promised Legislation (23 Feb 2017)

Leo Varadkar: The programme for Government commitment is not about getting people onto schemes. It is about getting people into jobs. We are having enormous success in that regard. The Deputy will note from yesterday's figures that the quarterly national household survey shows that long-term unemployment in Ireland is now below 4%. Everything we are doing, whether Intreo services or JobPath services,...

Questions on Promised Legislation (23 Feb 2017)

Leo Varadkar: On the first part of the question, we are developing proposals for working family payments and I hope to have them completed well in advance of the budget in order that they can inform the budget discussions. On the particular issue the Deputy mentioned, I understand that once somebody qualifies for family income supplement, he or she continues to have it paid for a year even if there is a...

Questions on Promised Legislation (23 Feb 2017)

Leo Varadkar: -----in legal industrial action. However, I will follow up on the matter. I certainly do not believe it should not be paid.

Questions on Promised Legislation (23 Feb 2017)

Leo Varadkar: I will have to check the law on it first in order to determine the position.

Other Questions: JobPath Implementation (21 Feb 2017)

Leo Varadkar: CE schemes and Tús do not constitute regular employment. It is not to say they are not valuable. They are very valuable and I have many such schemes also in my constituency. I know their value and they do involve a lot of real work. It is, however, a different thing to say the Tús scheme is real employment. It is not. It is an employment activation scheme where the State...

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