A Sligo Councillor has called for the Community Employment Programme needs to be extended due to many schemes being curtailed last year with the Covid-19 restrictions.
The programme aims to help people who are long term unemployed to get back to work by offering part time and temporary placements in jobs within local communities.
Sinn Fein Councillor, Thomas Healy, tabled a motion at the February meeting of Sligo County Council calling on the government to extend the scheme.
He says the programme provides much needed services such as Meals on Wheel, Community Centre caretakers and outreach to older, isolated people.
Councillor Healy says Covid-19 restrictions has prevented communities and workers the most out the scheme.