Disability scheme falls short

Employment rates among disabled people in Ireland are well below the national average.

6th August, 2005

A new Fas scheme aims to redress the balance, but concerns have been raised by organisations representing people with disabilities, writes June Caldwell.

Current estimates suggest that between 300,000 and 4 0 0,0 0 0 people living in Ireland today have some form of disability.

The vast majority - 70 to 80 per cent - are unemployed. A new Fás scheme due to be launched next month aims to address the situation using state-sponsored subsidies. The €10millionWage Subsidy Scheme is aimed...

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