I have read your post - according to you - your still waiting on answers - SO I asked you what steps have you taken in getting these ignored questions answered? You also said "I have the awful feeling that I may never get a reply. But I am determined to keep raising the issue. This needs to be addressed in a respectful and constructive way rather than going on a rant which could be counterproductive" So I just wondered what steps you have taken to get this questions answered - I thought that was a valid question because I have a genuine interest in what you are saying and I agree with you. You were very rude to me in an earlier post - and I ignored it and continued to read the posts on this - including your post with interest - but I find you very rude to communicate. I apologise if I have annoyed you but to be honest I think you could take a leaf out of your own book as the saying goes "respectful and constructive" are two words you used - maybe you should apply them to how you communicate with people who have an interest in what you are saying. The best of luck in your search for answers - I think myself that people are being used and I hope people cop on to this and stop applying for these - as far as I am aware they are not compulsory, but I have heard they may be made compulsory in the future for the longterm unemployed.
FWIW. We seem to agree. Great. The more people complain and comment about this, the better. I agree that some employers are playing on people's desperation to work and are simply exploiting that to their advantage. DPS have a 20 working day lead time to answer complaints/comments which has not yet passed. That is why I stated I was still awaiting a response.
I have diaried my complaint out until next week, then I will contact Welfare again. I will also contact Michael Martin as he seems to be the only Cork TD attending the Dail ATM (from what I have seen on TV!) and he might be able to push for answers.
NWJ - Have YOU raised your concerns with your local TD's/Joan Burton? Like I say, the way forward is to make your concerns known to anyone who will listen, rather than having a pop at me...