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# fas - Saturday 27 December, 2014

Fewer people are doing JobBridge internships than expected

Have you done one?

# fas - Wednesday 23 April, 2014

OECD says JobBridge is leaving most disadvantaged behind

The international think tank also recommended that the role of the Community Employment Programme be reconsidered as it is not cost effective, especially in terms of getting people back to regular employment.

# fas - Saturday 4 January, 2014

Apprentices to pay higher fees as budget cuts kick in

The costs are associated with registration fees paid to the institutes of technology attended by those in SOLAS/FÁS programmes.

# fas - Sunday 29 December, 2013

The 9 at 9: Sunday

Good morning! Here are nine things you need to know as you start your Sunday.

# fas - Tuesday 29 October, 2013

Here's What Happened Today: Tuesday

Everyone’s talking about the final Troika review, another Labour resignation and the testimony of US intelligence officials.

FÁS is no more... say hello to SOLAS

The Education and Training Authority SOLAS has now officially replaced FÁS.

# fas - Saturday 5 October, 2013

Protest planned against extension on JobBridge schemes

Socialist MEP Paul Murphy of the website says that it’s “patently ridiculous” that an internship should last for 18 months.

# fas - Saturday 31 August, 2013

'Restrictive' criteria denying jobseekers access to support schemes

Minister Joan Burton’s department has defended itself against criticisms in a recent report, saying that resources are ‘scarce’ and so the long-term unemployed are prioritised.

# fas - Friday 12 July, 2013

Another public sector union has voted in favour of Haddington Road

The union represents workers in the Civil Service, An Post, FÁS and other organisations.

# fas - Thursday 4 July, 2013

Nearly 1,000 jobs outside of Ireland advertised on government website

The Department of Social Protection is advertising hundreds of positions overseas for jobseekers in Ireland.

# fas - Tuesday 2 July, 2013

A government website is advertising excavation work for jobseekers... in Iraq

The position in the war-torn Middle East country is one of dozens advertised on the State training and employment agency’s website that are based outside of Ireland.

# fas - Thursday 6 June, 2013

Column: The social welfare system is in a state of flux – and it's failing jobseekers

Many unemployed people struggle with accessing the correct information on what they are (or are not) entitled to – and the problem is compounded by misinformation and misdirection within the system, writes Brid O’Brien.

# fas - Wednesday 27 March, 2013

Doherty says FÁS offer of job in Malta is 'actively encouraging emigration'

The Sinn Féin TD called the offer of the €250 per week job “outrageous”.

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Good morning! Here’s what you need to know as you kick off your Wednesday.

# fas - Thursday 28 February, 2013

Oireachtas agenda: Dáil boundaries, foot and mouth, and a British EU exit

The Dáil will today hold a final vote on whether to reduce its membership to 158 at the next election.

# fas - Wednesday 27 February, 2013

Oireachtas agenda: Magdalenes, water charges and Coillte sales

The Environment sub-committee will today consider amending the legislation behind the new water charges regime.

# fas - Tuesday 4 December, 2012

Readers' Panel Part One: What are you expecting from Budget 2013?

We spoke to some readers about their hopes and fears ahead of tomorrow’s budget. Here’s what they had to say, in their own words.

# fas - Monday 15 October, 2012

FÁS rebrand: Intreo to provide services to jobseekers

The initiative was launched by Enda Kenny and Joan Burton this morning.

# fas - Thursday 4 October, 2012

Sharp rise in numbers taking part in back-to-work schemes

More than 57,000 people are now taking part in the various schemes for long-term unemployed.

# fas - Monday 5 March, 2012

Column: ‘Everywhere it’s hollowed-out people’ – a day at the emigration fair

Mum-of-one Ann Cronin went to Sunday’s event hopeful for opportunities abroad – but found the reality very different.

# fas - Friday 2 March, 2012

Home care firm to create 540 jobs

520 of the jobs at Comfort Keepers will be part-time, with 25 full-time roles.

# fas - Tuesday 21 February, 2012

Column: We should be giving jobless people the money we’re wasting

The funds we’re currently spending on make-work training programmes should be handed directly to unemployed people, writes Aaron McKenna.

# fas - Wednesday 21 December, 2011

Has our Baby Jesus thief gone Stateside? Spate of statue thefts in US

But one large Nativity figure was recovered – after its alleged robber put a photo of it on Facebook.

# fas - Tuesday 20 December, 2011

Stolen Baby Jesus statue found “in pieces”

The local priest who urgently appealed for the return of the statue, which was taken from a crib in Waterford, said he hopes it can be repaired.

# fas - Friday 2 December, 2011

40,000 unemployed people failed to turn up for FÁS interviews

The figure was given by FÁS director general, Paul O’Toole, to the Dáil Public Accounts Committee yesterday during a hearing on the state employment agency’s 2010 accounts.

# fas - Thursday 1 December, 2011

FÁS management to appear before Public Accounts Committee

Senior officials from the state agency are to face questions as the Dáil committe scrutinises its accounts for last year.

# fas - Friday 9 September, 2011

Poll: Is the government's internship scheme worthwhile? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Is the government's internship scheme worthwhile?

Critics have branded the JobBridge initiative ‘exploitative’, while others say it provides valuable experience. What do you think?

The 9 at 9: Friday

Nine things you should know this morning…

# fas - Thursday 8 September, 2011

Column: It’s a shame JobBridge is badly curated – there are some quality offers in there

Employer and online business MD Aaron McKenna says that while JobBridge is scattered with ads for unskilled, unpaid labour, internships – even unpaid – should not be written off as without merit.

# fas - Friday 12 August, 2011

The 9 at 9: Friday

Nine things to know this morning…

# fas - Wednesday 3 August, 2011

Take 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

# fas - Friday 29 July, 2011

SOLAS is the new FÁS, but will the name cause confusion?

Concerns have been raised about confusion over the name of the new agency and the Solas cancer care centre in Waterford. What else do we know as solas?…

# fas - Wednesday 27 July, 2011

Take 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

FÁS to be replaced with new agency 'SOLAS'

The Minister for Education has announced that the employment authority FÁS will be replaced with a new agency named SOLAS, which will respond to the requirements of “a changed and changing economy”.

# fas - Friday 10 December, 2010

The 9 at 9: Friday

Nine things you really, really need to know by 9am: Bank bonuses to be taxed at 90 per cent, the family of a brain injured man who was savagely beaten by a man who was out on bail speak out, and Dublin zoo needs you.

# fas - Monday 6 December, 2010

From The Daily Edge Ahern, Cowen named Ireland's top blaggers Blaggers

Ahern, Cowen named Ireland's top blaggers

The former and current Taoisigh top a public poll of people or bodies known for blagging their way into riches.

# fas - Monday 29 November, 2010

Tánaiste approves work experience scheme for unemployed teachers

Programme means schools can employ teachers and teaching assistants who are currently on the dole for free.

# fas - Tuesday 23 November, 2010

IMF suggests cutting tax - but just for women

A cut in taxes for women would increase GDP, says the IMF.

# fas - Sunday 7 November, 2010

Fine Gael proposes abolishing over 145 state bodies and companies

Fine Gael announces its plan for government, including cutting the number of TDs and abolishing the Seanad.