Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Deirdre Lavelle from St. Michael's House to give some advice for people considering this job:


Deirdre Lavelle

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St. Michael's House

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It can take time to get to know people with learning disabilities, patience and good listen skills are very important.

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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3bn Earmarked for Education Projects Budget 2016

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3bn Earmarked for Education Projects Budget 2016

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 

3bn Earmarked for Education Projects Budget 2016

€27 billion in capital funding projects is to be announced under Budget 2016. Key areas for spending include transport, education, health, housing, and flood protection.


A rail link from Dublin city centre to Dublin Airport and on to Swords will form the centre piece of the transport plan.


Education  will receive €3bn for school building or extensions, third-level investment and information technology initiatives but the particular schools will not be named for a few weeks.

To deal with rising enrolments, funding will be provided for an additional 19,000 primary school places by 2018 and for more than 40,000 secondary school places by 2022.

There will also be a pledge to eliminate the use of prefabs for classes.

The education plan will focus on primary and post-primary because of the increasing school going population. It is anticipated that there will be about 250 school projects.

Health & Housing

Funding will be provided to refurbish State-run nursing homes and for new primary care centres. The social housing plan will be extended by a year with an additional €500m-€600m provided.

Flood Prevention

Over the next ten years €1bn will be spent on flood prevention. Up to 250 projects will receive funding and 300 areas have been identified at risk.

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