Decision due on social enterprise minister
A decision is "imminent" on whether to appoint a new Minister with responsibility for Social Enterprise, almost a year after Sean Sherlock was moved out of that post, a Government spokesperson told the Irish Independent.
The Government has been criticised by the Social Enterprise Task Force (SETF), an umbrella group for people committed to developing social enterprise, for taking so long to fill the post.
SETF spokesman Paul O'Sullivan said the delay in reappointing a minister for social enterprise has "become inexcusable" and "must be addressed as a matter of urgency".
"Local communities are desperately seeking to get back on their feet and develop jobs as the economy begins to recover. Social enterprise offers a highly suitable vehicle for this".
In 2012, Taoiseach Enda Kenny commissioned a report "to examine the social enterprise sector and identify how my Government can create the right environment to help social entrepreneurial talent to flourish."
That report, published in 2013, said the sector had the potential to create 25,000 new jobs by 2020. Mr Sherlock was asked to examine how the report's recommendations could be delivered best, but was moved to the Department of Foreign Affairs last summer.