Concerns have been raised about the ending of a scheme set up to help young people with disabilities access the labour market.

The WALK PEER programme operated in Co Louth from early 2013 until April this year.

It was aimed at assisting young people with disabilities, aged between 16 and 24, to find jobs or further their education.

The programme was jointly funded by the European Social Fund and the Department of Social Protection, and was one of 14 disability activation projects established in the midlands region.

Parents of many of the participants of the scheme have expressed anger that it is not being continued or repeated and replicated elsewhere in the country.

In a statement issued to RTÉ News, the Department of Social Protection said an evaluation of the programme was currently being carried out and would be reviewed when finalised.

The department said it had not been intended that the scheme would become an ongoing service and that funding was no longer available for the project.