Ahearn welcomes €530,449 to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities in Tipperary

Senator Garret Ahearn welcomes confirmation from Ministers Humphreys that Tipperary is to receive €530,449 to support young people with disabilities.

Senator Garret Ahearn said “I am delighted that three Tipperary projects have been approved funding under the Ability programme from Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphries, this programme is designed to support people with disabilities to improve their employment skills, advance their education or start their own business.

“This programme provides funding for three organisations in Tipperary: St Cronan’s Association CLG who have been approved €135,915 in funding, Tipperary Regional Youth Service Company who have been approves €200,000 and Knockanrawley Resource Centre who have been approved €194,535
“The Ability Programme was introduced in June 2018 to bring young people with disabilities closer to the labour market, This funding had previously been funded by the EU but post Brexit there were a number of obstacles and the Irish Government, through Minister Heather Humphries department, then put forward the money a number of months ago to continue funding the programme The funding that has been announced today is to support the programme through the next 18 months. This will allow people availing of the service to continue to work and train in their local communities

“People with disabilities can achieve great things in a work environment, this programme has had such a positive impact. I am particularly happy that all 3 organisations in Tipperary were successful in their application This funding gives certainty to these providers to continue their innovative and valuable work. These organisations play a key role in helping people with disabilities gain employment. They are fantastic resource within our county, and it is vital that we secure their future” Senator Garret Ahearn concluded



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