Thursday, 1 April 2021
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
Community Employment Schemes
247. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection further to previous parliamentary questions, the reason for the delay in accommodating an association (details supplied) relative to its interest in being included in an existing community employment scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [17845/21]
Officials of my Department have written to representatives of the association concerned in January 2021, informing them of the next and required steps necessary to apply for additional places on an existing project, and confirming that the Department was available to support and advise on any matters relating to the successful outcome of an application.
The documentation required and details of the process to be followed in order to apply for additional places on Community Employment were sent to the sponsor organisation (St. Canice's) who were to recruit the additional participants in respect of the association concerned.
I confirm that, to date, no contact has been received from the organisation since January 2021.
My officials are available to engage with any or all of the parties involved regarding the matter of additional places. In order to progress this query, however, the active participation in the process of the association concerned is required. I would encourage them to make contact with my officials at their earliest convenience.