A strategy that aims to increase the employment rate of people with disabilities by 15% between 2011 and 2024 has been launched.

A core feature of the Government’s Comprehensive Employment Strategy for People With Disabilities is to minimise the number of people becoming jobless in the first place.

Key areas of action are to enhance education, training and pathways into work for young adults with disabilities.

People who acquire disabilities in the course of their working life will be supported to reintegrate into the workforce.

The 77-page strategy, which was expected to have been published some years ago, has been reworked in the meantime.

It was launched by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Tánaiste Joan Burton and Ministers Francis Fitzgerald and Aodhán Ó Riordáin from the Department of Justice and Equality.

Mr Ó Riordáin, will be responsible for receiving reports from an Implementation Group chaired by Fergus Finlay, who acted as Dick Spring's senior advisor when he was Tánaiste.

Mr Finlay has been told by Taoiseach Enda Kenny he may tighten the timeline in the plan.

The conversation between the Taoiseach and Mr Finlay was reported by Ministers Frances Fitzgerald and Aodhan Ó Riordan following the launch of the strategy at Farmleigh in Dublin.

Mr Finlay was reported to have told the Taoiseach at the launch that some timelines in the strategy were too lax and the Taoiseach is said to have replied that he should tighten them up.