Minister Joe O’Brien praises the work of local CE Schemes during recent visits

10th February, 2022

Schemes Visited:

  • Rivervalley CE Swords
  • Swords Recreation Development Group
  • The Valley CE
  • Donabate & Swords District CE

Minister Joe O’Brien paid a visit to local CE Schemes in Swords this week and met with participants, supervisors, chairs and others to see first-hand the value of the schemes.

Commenting on the visits Minister O’Brien said:


I am delighted to see first-hand the vital role that our Community Employment Schemes  play in local communities.

“I have long been of the view that programmes like CE cannot be viewed solely as a job activation measure, there are also huge societal benefits from the good work carried out in local communities by these schemes. CE is a community development and social inclusion programme too.  It was great to visit and chat to Supervisors and Participants and hear about valuable services that they deliver across Fingal.

“From childcare services, sports clubs, community centres and services for older people or people with disabilities CE participants play such a central role in their communities. It was good to get an opportunity to thank all involved in local CE schemes for their ongoing work but especially over a difficult two year period.

“I know that in speaking to Supervisors and Participants there was a big welcome for the reforms to the Community Employment Scheme announced by my Department in December 2021. 

“These reforms allow more people to stay on CE until State Pension age if they wish and will allow schemes more flexibility with participant time limits. Overall the changes will improve the experience of CE participants both now and into the future.”

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More detail on the recent changes to Community Employment Schemes at this link: