Dept of Jobs should play greater role in supporting people with disabilities says TD

Margaret Murphy O’Mahony

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Disability Margaret Murphy O’Mahony TD has called on the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation to play a greater role in formulating employment policy for people with disabilities.

Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony explained, “I tabled a number of parliamentary questions to the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and innovation regarding her Department’s role in supporting the employment of people with a disability.

The reply stated, “the Department does not having a direct role on the formulation of policy on the provision of employment or other supports for people with disabilities.”

“I believe that if we are serious about mainstreaming disability and increasing the number of people with disability in the workforce then the Department of Jobs must have a more active role in developing policy to support the employment of people with a disability,” said the Cork South West TD.

“Under the Comprehensive Employment Strategy for People with a Disability the Department’s role is to highlight the supports that are currently available to facilitate the employment of people with a disability.”

“However, I believe the Department’s remit should be wider – it should consider developing a number of specific supports or grants which, while recognising that people with disability may need additional support, will also encourage entrepreneurship and self-employment for people with a disability.”

“It is imperative that people with a disability are given every opportunity to reach their full potential. However, until Fine Gael and their Independent partners recognise that a whole of Government approach is required to progress disability issues, people with disabilities will continue to be at the margins of society,” concluded Murphy O’Mahony.