22 July 2011

The Minister for Disability, Equality, Mental health and Older People Ms Kathleen Lynch T.D. met with Mr Paul O’Toole, Director General of FÁS and senior officials, to discuss the measures being taken by FÁS to ensure the continued access to quality FÁS training opportunities for those with a disability and for Travellers.

Speaking after the meeting the Minister said she had emphasised to the FÁS representatives the need to ensure that these disadvantaged groups would not be lost sight of in the restructuring of FÁS. The Director General assured the Minister that he is conscious of the needs of the groups and would be taking particular account of those needs when reviewing services in line with the forthcoming Government decision on the training aspects of FÁS.

The Minister said :

"I am happy to have been given these assurances which will be of comfort to the groups. There will be ongoing contact on the issue between my officials and those from FÁS. "