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unpublished P r e s s R e l e a s e 2 1 / 1 2 / 2 0 1 0 P a g e | 1 Minister Ó Cuív announces arrangements for 5,000 new Tús work placement opportunities in the community sector Éamon Ó Cuív TD, Minister for Social Protection this afternoon (21 December 2010) announced the arrangements for the Government's new work placement initiative in the community sector. The initiative known as Tús, will provide 5,000 short term working opportunities for people unemployed for over a year. The
more » ... will be with community sector organisations to support the delivery of their services. The Minister said that €30 million is being committed in 2011 to allow for the introduction of Tús and that this would grow to a commitment of €100 million in 2012. Tús joins a range of new and expanded initiatives designed to provide assistance to the unemployed recently announced by the Tánaiste. Speaking about Tús, Minister Ó Cuív said: "This new measure will add to the suite of measures already announced by the Government and allows all sectors of society to play a role by supporting people who are unemployed while helping with the recovery of our national prosperity. We need to be innovative in how we can provide working opportunities for those who have lost employment over the past few years and how we can support service delivery in the private, public and voluntary sectors which are under pressure because of the downturn in economic activity." Minister Ó Cuív continued: "In addition to any financial benefit to the worker, work brings other benefits to the individual, including to their psychological and general wellbeing from being involved in wider societal, community and employment activity." Activation and support for those who are unemployed is a key priority for Government. Earlier this year, the Taoiseach, Brian Cowen TD announced a