New jobs plan for those with a disability
The Government has launched a new 'six-point plan' to create more jobs for those with disabilities.
One of the key aims of the 10-year plan is to double the number of people in this group working in the public service within a three-year period.
The "comprehensive employment strategy" was launched in Farmleigh House yesterday by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
Special public service competitions for people with disabilities will be arranged, and alternative recruitment channels will be opened up for people with disabilities.
People with disabilities are only half as likely to be in employment as others of working age.
The Taoiseach said this strategy would ensure this section of the population would not be left behind as the economy recovers.
Barnardos chief executive Fergus Finlay will chair a group to oversee the implementation of the strategy. Up to 600,000 people in Ireland are affected by some level of disability.