“I was unemployed for a few months last year and it isn’t a nice place to be. But looking back there was a lot more services available that I should have tapped into. My first port of call after signing on was the Clare Volunteer centre in Westgate Business Park, Kilrush Road because I wanted to help people in the community. They were very helpful and I soon signed up to several worthwhile organisations. I would like to see every jobseeker out there take the time to consider joining a voluntary organisation and they will soon see the benefits.” Cillian.


  • The latest Live Register figures from the CSO show that the number of people out of work in Clare has dropped by 7% over the last 12 months. Unemployment figures are down 8% in Ennis. This is positive but more needs to be done.
  • The Department of Social Protection needs to redouble efforts to make sure every Jobseeker has been told about and has access to the Jobseekers Pack through the new Intreo service- which provides information on using the job search facility on the Jobs Ireland website, information on how to fill out an application form, prepare a CV and covering letter, prepare for job interviews and a list of useful websites.
  • The Intreo service is being introduced on a phased basis to each of the Social Welfare offices throughout the country.
  • The Intreo service will be available in all offices by 2014.

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  • First annual increase in employment since 2008, where the Action Plan for Jobs will help create more sustainable jobs. More needs to be done.

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  • We have to continue to build Ireland’s reputation abroad. Confidence is returning, with foreign direct investment at a 10 year high.
  • An additional 1,150 ICT graduates with awards at honours degree level 8+ will be available in 2013 from the Springboard/ICT graduate conversion programmes and a further 500 ICT graduates with awards at levels 6 and 7. (Actions 13-17)
  • More than 760 new places were made available under the second phase of the ICT graduate skills conversion programmes launched in February 2013. Almost 630 of these places have now been filled. In addition, over 6,000 higher education places for unemployed and previously self employed people have been rolled out under the third phase of Springboard, including over 2,000 places on Springboard ICT courses. More than 5,000 of the new Springboard places had been filled by the start of October 2013.
  • 83 new jobs have been created under the Succeed in Ireland initiative by four companies that are establishing new operations in Cork and Dublin; Sound & Sea Technologies creating 55 new jobs in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork; IA (Improv Asylum) Innovation creating 12 jobs in Dublin; Strategic Marketing Innovations (SMI) creating 10 jobs; and the Bayne Law Group creating 6 jobs in Cork City
  • The Youth Day Event took place in May and marked the start of European Youth Week in Ireland. This marked a celebration of quality in Irish youth projects and in international youth work. Some 300 people attended including young people, volunteers, youth workers etc.
  • Supporting Employment at the Community and Local Level.
  • Action 225: Review implementation of the local government sectoral strategy to promote employment and support local enterprise, “Supporting Economic Recovery and Jobs – Locally.”
  • The review of the local government sectoral strategy has been completed and will feed into the development of a revised strategy.
  •  Action 234: Facilitate the increased participation in volunteering opportunities by unemployed people. Such volunteering provides significant opportunities to provide and derive skills, experience and develop new competences which can assist people, including young people, in gaining a foothold in the labour market.
  •  Q3 Measure: Maximise the potential of European Youth Week to enhance volunteer involvement in youth work organisations, services and youth activity groups (DCYA)
  • The Youth Day Event (YDE) took place on May 25th 2013 and marked the start of European Youth Week in Ireland. This marked a celebration of quality in Irish youth projects and in international youth work. Some 300 people attended, including young people, volunteers, youth workers etc.
  • Voluntary Service International (Ireland) represented Irish youth projects at events staged in Brussels to mark the 25th anniversary of EU youth programmes.
  • A volunteer youth ambassador from Ireland attended the youth festival – ‘YO Fest’ in Brussels, highlighting the value of volunteering and encouraging other young people to become volunteers in youth organisations, services etc. at local, national and European levels.

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