A Mayo Senator has questioned the amount of money being allocated to two private companies who deliver the Government's JobPath programme.
JobPath is an initiative of the Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection, and aims to assist long-term unemployed persons to secure fulltime employment.
Following questions from Mayo Sinn Fein Senator Rose Conway-Walsh, it emerged that the two private companies - Seetec and Turas Nua - have been paid almost €150 million euro in total since JobPath started.
That breaks down to €3,718 for each candidate referred to them that makes it successfully through the scheme.
The Mayo Senator is questioning whether this represents value for taxpayer's money, and says many of the participants have complaints about the scheme itself.