Tánaiste congratulates ‘Dress for Success’ on their excellent work


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Tánaiste and Labour Party Leader, Joan Burton T.D., met with Joi Gordon, Global CEO of Dress for Success and its Vice President, Liz Carey during a visit to their offices in Liffey Street, Dublin today (Saturday, 26 September 2015).  Ms Norah Casey, entrepreneur, also attended the meeting with the Tánaiste.

Dress for Success is a global not-for-profit organisation established in 1997, with Irish affiliates in Cork and Dublin. It is a venture created to assist women who are trying to get work or return to the workforce, in accessing a range of services including suiting or work wear for interview, job application advice and guidance.  This is linked to ongoing in-work support, career and lifestyling mentoring including budgeting, money management and conflict resolution strategies.

During their meeting, the Tánaiste heard first-hand how each Dress for Success affiliate operates as a completely stand-alone entity. Dress for Success in Dublin commenced in 2011 with the affiliate in Cork opening its doors on Oct 1 2013. 

After the meeting, the Tánaiste said: “Dress for Success provides an excellent and hugely important service. It is a fantastic initiative run by women for women and I cannot commend it highly enough.  I would also like to acknowledge the work of their team of volunteers in supporting jobseekers, many of whom have successfully gone on to secure employment. As a country, we have made great progress in reducing unemployment but we have further to go, and Dress for Success will play an important part in that, helping many women get work or return to work.”

The Tánaiste also thanked Ms Carmel O’Keeffe of Dress for Success in Cork.  Recently, Carmel spearheaded a highly successful Dress for Success fundraising event in Cork. 

The Department of Social Protection and Dress for Success work closely together in a number of ways, including:

  • Dress for Success will provide an information stand at a Recruitment Event in Cork on Thursday, 1st October as part of Jobs Week 2015.
  • They have committed to participate in the First Steps Youth Development internship programme commencing early October and the Department's Employer Engagement Team are currently matching a suitable intern.
  • Dress for Success have briefed Department case officers in Cork on their services. There is ongoing referral to and promotion of Dress for Success by case officers.
  • The Department's Employer Engagement Team is using established contacts to encourage companies to engage with Dress for Success and to consider supporting Dress for Success as part of a corporate and social responsibility commitment by providing industry specific experience/interview advice and recruitment guidance to Dress for Success participants.
Last modified:26/09/2015