Developing an Inclusive Labour Market in Ireland
DFI held an Employment and Income Network of Interest meeting on the topic of Employment for people with disabilities on the 10th May 2016.
Senator John Dolan, CEO DFI introduced the meeting which was chaired by Joan O’Donnell, Development Manager, DFI. The meeting included a presentation from Thomas Bignal, Policy Officer from the European Association for Service Providers of People with Disabilities (EASPD) on the context that the European Semester provides for engaging with and influencing domestic employment policy.
Brid O’Brien from the Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed (INOU) presented on the degree to which the National Action Plan for Jobs 2016 and Pathways to Work 2016 will deliver real change in employment levels and practices for people with disabilities. The meeting concluded with a presentation from Joan O’Donnell linking the Comprehensive Employment Strategy with these mainstream policies and also with the STAR recommendations developed by EASPD. The Star recommendations cover stakeholder engagement, targeted actions, availability of supports and research gaps, which frame a consultation process that EASPD are developing across 11 countries.
Information arising from group discussion will be compiled into a report that will be shared with DFI members, participants at the meeting and feed into the EASPD country report. The idea of this country report is to provide the European Commission with up-to-date information about the current state of play in the development of inclusive labour markets at national level. The information will be useful for the European Commission in a variety of their activities: structural funds, direct funds, youth guarantee, tackling long-term unemployment initiative and most importantly the European Semester. Link to EASPD paper on tackling long term unemployment: