A north Longford woman received praise from An Taoiseach Enda Kenny for her work with people who have disabilities in the county. Aughnacliffe’s Teresa Mallon who is chairperson of the Irish Association of Supported Employment (IASE) was in Dáil Eireann to meet with Mr Kenny recently when the organisation to which she is affiliated to, helped to organise a national day of awareness – Job Shadow Day - aimed at promoting employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
“The national Job Shadow Day captured the imagination of the nation and hundreds of employers and job seekers with disability signed up to take part, including An Taoiseach himself,” said Ms Mallon who was supported on the day by her neighbour and friend, Bríd Mimnagh, who is also a very well known solicitor. “The Taoiseach praised the initiative highly and said he really enjoyed his experience. He also called on others to get involved in Job Shadow Day.”
The local woman then went on to congratulate all those who took part in Job Shadow. . “I especially want to thank and congratulate all of the Longford based employers, people with disabilities, and disability organisations such as St Christopher’s Services in Longford town which once again embraced the initiative and became actively involved in Job Shadow Day.” For his partm the Taoiseach said that he was a “big supporter” of Job Shadow Day and highlighted the benefits it provided to people.