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Launch of IrishJobs Employers Guide
James Devlin Shadows Minister Joan Burton
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Sean Gallagher with his Shadow Maria Minihane
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Slideshow | Job Shadow Initiative 2012 in Pictures



Carol Cullen, with company mentor, enjoying her Job Shadow at the Bank of America in Dublin


A big thanks to everyone that supported or took part in National Supported Employment Week / Job Shadow Initiative 2012 for making it such a resounding success! Thanks to the many hundreds and hundreds of people throughout the country that were a part of it, for their outstanding dedication, efforts and continued enthusiasm.


We hope that this year's Job Shadow has been a positive experience for everyone and above all the jobseekers, who had the opportunity to explore their work preferences and gain valuable new experiences. 


We would also like to thank those that took part in the Job Shadow Initiative for the first time this year, amongst them; Taoiseach Enda Kenny shadowed by Cian O'Connor, Senator David Norris whom hosted Dean McKeever and Kathleen Lynch T.D. Minister for Disability, Equality & Mental Health being shadowed for the day by Darragh McFarlane & Stephanie Hughes. Minister Kathleen Lynch has always been a great supporter of the Job Shadow Inititiative since its inception & launch in 2007 and was excited to be shadowed for the first time.


At IASE we we're both delighted and overwhelmed at the extent of the positive coverage the event attracted this year in the national media; on radio, TV and in print (see the articles at The opportunity to raise the profile of Supported Employment, especially amongst employers not previously familiar with it, is invaluable and something we will continue to work towards.


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Launch of IrishJobs Employers Guide

Employer Guide


Pictured from L-R are Greg Barry, Sean Gallagher, Teresa Mallon (IASE Chairperson), Cian O'Connor, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Orla Moran ( and Mary O'Halloran (STEP)


We are delighted to announce a comprehensive new Employers Guide to Supported Employment which aims to increase visibility of Supported Employment through access to information and guidance on hiring people with disabilities. Along with the IASE, STEP Supported Employment worked with, Ireland’s leading recruitment website, to build this “one stop shop” website which provides employers with all of the information they need to hire an individual with a disability. The
website is hosted exclusively on the website at

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James Devlin Shadows Minister Joan Burton

L-R Bill Cruikshanks (STEP), James Devlin and Minister Joan Burton


Minister Joan Burton: “I feel privileged to be asked to participate
in National Job Shadow Day again this year. This is a really worthwhile
initiative and a unique opportunity for hundreds of people across the country
to shadow employees on a typical working day. I am delighted to have James
Devlin working with me in Leinster House today”

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Senator David Norris



L-R Job Coach Shirley Conlon, Dean McKeever and Senator David Norris


Senator David Norris: “I am delighted for the first time this year
to be taking part in the IASE Job Shadow Initiative and to have Dean McKeever
accompany me on my official duties to the Seanad. Dean is such a very pleasant
and good-humoured young man, I believe it is important that young people get to
understand the nature and workings of political life, this is the same for
someone with a disability. I warmly welcome the Job Shadow Initiative for
bringing to attention the positive contribution that people with a disability
have to make to enriching our shared national economic and social life.”

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Sean Gallagher with his Shadow Maria Minihane



Sean Gallagher pictured with his Shadow for the day Maria Minihane.


Sean Gallagher: "Each and everyone of us has limitations.As patron of the IASE I encourage all job seekers  to seek out opportunities for employment. Everyone has a right to work and make their contribution. I congratulate the IASE, all the support agencies and staff, all employers, and job seekers and wish you well on Job Shadow day. Well done everybody."

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