Taoiseach Enda Kenny has welcomed the news that JobBridge, the Government's National Internship Scheme, has reached its target of 5,000 internship posts since its launch.

There are currently over 2,000 further posts available under the scheme.

The scheme provides work experience placements for interns for a six- or nine-month period.

Mr Kenny said the scheme gave invaluable experience in the work place with some already securing a full time job as a result.

''I would encourage all to engage with JobBridge, to provide more quality internship opportunities, and help get Ireland working again.''