The Tús scheme framework falls under the remit of the Department of Social Protection. Tús is a community work placement initiative announced in Budget 2011, which became operational during mid-2011. The initiative is one of a number of activation measures designed to provide work placements and training opportunities for people who are unemployed. The processes underpinning the operation of Tús support the management of the Live Register. Up to 5,000 work placements opportunities were initially announced, with an additional 2,500 Tús placements announced as part of the 2013 Budget package, in line with the commitments set out in the Action Plan for Jobs and Pathways to Work


Tús provides opportunities for people who are unemployed to break the cycle of joblessness and helps to improve a person’s work readiness and support them in returning to the labour market. In addition, it is hoped that participation on Tús will boost a person’s motivation and confidence, offer them opportunities to experience different work environments and provide them with employment related experience to re-enter the labour market

Supporting and guiding our clients on their journey from unemployment into employment, self-employment or further education. Tús also offers an additional resource for communities to maintain and improve local amenities and facilities. The Participant has a 12 month role in Tús whereas working relationships with community groups are ongoing.

TÚS Community Groups

There are set criteria for your organisation to participate in the TÚS programme but if you are a community, voluntary and not-for-profit organisation then you are most likely eligible.

If you represent an eligible community group that is interested in becoming involved in the programme, then simply fill in the TÚS Group application form, return it to the address provided and a member of the team will be in touch with you in due course.

TÚS Community Group Application Form


While the majority of people referred for Tús are selected on a random basis by the Department of Social Protection, 20% of available places can now be filled by assisted/self-referral with immediate effect as of May 2015. The assisted/self-referral affords a number of Department of Social Protection Customers who fulfil the qualifying criteria the opportunity to avail of this short-term quality work placement and break the cycle of unemployment. The self- referral also includes former One-Parent Family payment (OFP) customers whose youngest child is 14 years of age or over.

All customers who self-refer must complete an application form

The application can then be handed in to the Local Intreo (Department of Social Protection) office.

The Department of Social Protection Case Officer will then meets or contact the jobseeker to establish the reasons they wish to be considered for the initiative and verify eligibility criteria.

The Department of Social Protection Case Officer must be satisfied that the eligibility criteria is met and it is in the best interest of the customer to participate on Tús.

Application form



Fergal Bolger059 97220733fbolger@carlowdevelopment.ie.

Marina De Costa059 9720733mdecosta@carlowdevelopment.ie

  • Fenagh
  • Ballinabrannagh
  • Tinryland
  • Carlow/Graiguecullen
  • Hacketstown
  • Ballylinkillen
  • Borris
  • Rathvilly
  • Carlow
  • Tinahinch
  • St Mullins


Lucy Stevenson059 9720733lstevenson@carlowdevelopment.ie

Paula Hughes059 9720733phughes@carlowdevelopment.ie

  • Carlow
  • Nurney
  • Harrow Cross
  • Carlow


Michelle Byrne059 9720733mbyrne@carlowdevelopment.ie

Cherish Kinsella059 9720733ckinsella@carlowdevelopment.ie

  • Tullow
  • Killerig
  • Bagenalstown
  • Ballon/Rathoe
  • Tullow
  • Carlow