64. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection if she will consider widening the eligibility criteria for participation in Community Employment Schemes to facilitate adult dependents, those not in full employment, those on low hours or on low pay who do not qualify for Family Income Supplement, and those who are not in receipt of a Social Protection payment. (Question 40186/15 asked on 17 Nov 2015 - Community Employment Schemes Eligibility)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: I ask this question to ascertain whether the Minister will live up to a commitment made in Pathways to Work 2014-2015, which stated that the Department would develop and evaluate options to extend employment services to people who are not on the live register and improve the promotion and communication of existing activation options, particularly for those who are unemployed or underemployed or whose caring regime is nearing an end.
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85. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection if her Department is insisting that community employment supervisors must retire at the age of 66, regardless of their ability to continue in the post; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39795/14 asked on 21 Oct 2014 - Community Employment Schemes Eligibility)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: Why does the Minister insist that community employment, CE, scheme supervisors must retire when they reach the age of 66, regardless of their ability and their willingness to continue in their post, especially in light of the Department’s decision not to put in place a pension for those same employees as instructed by the Labour Court in 2008? The case arose last week of Elizabeth McAuliffe, a CE supervisor in Limerick, for 20 years who was forced to retire, despite th...