SINN Féin TD Jonathan O’Brien has criticised FAS for reducing staffing levels at the Cork Centre for the Unemployed and said the future of the Centre must be secured.
Deputy O’Brien said, “Since last October there have been significant cuts in both staff and funding at the Cork Centre for the Unemployed. Matters have no reached a stage where the future of the facility is in doubt.
“The Centre for the Unemployed is the only one of its kind in the City. It provides a wide range of services including help with CV preparation, job-seeking advice, information on welfare entitlements, computer and language classes and a drop-in centre. In the current economic climate, with mass unemployment, these services are more badly needed than ever.
“The Centre is staffed by workers on CE schemes funded by FAS. In the past few months several of these have been withdrawn and the future of others is uncertain. Without sufficient staff the Centre will be unable to remain open.
“FÁS must guarantee the future of the current staff in order that the Centre remains viable,” he said.