2. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection if she has read the document, A Fair Recovery for Jobseekers with Disabilities: Sinn Féin Proposals for Immediate Action from the Department of Social Protection; her plans to take positive action on the document’s recommendations to open mainstream jobseeker supports to persons with disabilities on a voluntary basis, increase the capacity and promotion of specialist employment supports and introduce a new facility to voluntarily suspend claims but have them re-instated promptly should the person become unable to work. (Question 24848/15 asked on 24 Jun 2015 - Employment Support Services)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: In the context of the upcoming comprehensive strategy for people with disabilities and the slowness of the system in implementing change, I produced a document which makes a number of proposals on assisting jobseekers with disabilities. I ask the Tánaiste whether she has read the document and whether she will implement the positive, self-financing and simple recommendations which would change the lives of many of those who are unemployed and have disabilities.
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2. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection her plans to ensure that persons with disabilities are not left behind by the State in any economic recovery and the new job activation measures that will be put in place to enable those who want to work to find work. (Question 17374/15 asked on 06 May 2015 - Employment Support Services)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: One of the most marginalised groups in Irish society comprises those with disabilities who were left behind during the peak years. What measures are being taken to ensure these people are not left behind in any employment and job activation measures and in any future recovery.
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