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# mary o'callaghan
Woman who claimed €69k in welfare payments whilst travelling to Barbados and Morocco jailed
Mary O’Callaghan was sentenced to 18 months.
# Allowance
Breastfeeding athletes can bring children to Olympics 'when necessary'
The clarification was welcomed by some athletes as a relief, but US football star Alex Morgan slammed organisers.
# Education
HSE accused of 'robbing Peter to pay Paul' by cutting €31.80 allowance for students with disability
Organisations have said young people with a disability will have “a further barrier to equality placed before them”.
# aras 18
Michael D Higgins will return €200k balance in Áras account at end of term
Higgins has pointed out that his predecessor Mary McAleese returned the balance when she finished her two terms.
# Social Protection
Government providing €49.5 million for school clothing scheme, up €2.1 million on last year
It is paid at a rate of €125 for children aged 4-11 and €250 for children aged 12 years and over.
Voices
'Journalists should expect the truth - the Dept of Public Expenditure has crossed a line'
Journalists are used to government departments stone-walling them but it’s rare for a department to lie, writes Ken Foxe.
# shortchanged
Minister Regina Doherty will have to repay €16k chief whip allowance
The allowance, paid to the current Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty, was found to have “no legal basis”.
# local government
Councillors across the country are getting a pay rise (except for ones in Dublin, Cork and Galway)
Municipal councillors will soon be entitled to €1,000 extra.
# Allowance
Kidney Foundation not impressed with Irish Water 'honour system'
Environment Minister Alan Kelly said that the system is “probably the most progressive” of its kind in Europe.
# Jobseekers
Southwest region performing strongly as unemployment rate falls again
The unemployment rate now stands at 11.5%.
# Jobseekers
'No evidence' that disproportionately high number of migrants receive social welfare
A new study has found that the number in receipt of these payments are just a little or below the number in the work force.
# Fiasco
Irish Water wants allowance of 38,000 litres per child reduced
However, Enda Kenny has insisted that “every child” will be free.
# Social Protection
Jobseeker payments expenditure to fall by as much as 20 per cent
The spend in 2014 is expected to be close to half of what it was in 2011.
# Party Leaders' Allowance
New law will abolish ministerial severance payments and cut politicians’ allowances
The government has published the Oireachtas Ministerial and Parliamentary Offices Amendment Bill 2013 today which will deal with the controversial party leaders’ allowance.
# Leinster House
Noonan plans to crack down on unvouched allowance for independent TDs
The Minister for Finance will bring proposals to Government very soon to change the law around the unvouched allowance system for independent TDs.
# Disability
HSE to temporarily pay mobility allowance to 'prevent hardship'
It has also decided that new statutory provisions will be established to provide individual payments to people with severe disabilities for their mobility needs.
# mobility allowance
Final Mobility Allowance installment payment due on 26 June
The HSE has written to all recipients of the allowance informing them of the final date of payment.
# mobility allowance
Government "considering legal advice" over mobility allowance
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said today that the government will be seeking legal advice before it proceeds on acting on the “illegal” upper age limit for the allowance.
# life swap
Lone parent to ‘swap lives’ with senator
Single mother Andrea Galgey and Senator John Gilroy will see how the other side lives for a new project.
# rebekah brooks
Rebekah Brooks 'received £7m pay-off'
Latest reports say that Brooks received the pay-off after she resigned from News International last year.
# Disability Allowance
Burton 'playing politics with people's fears' over proposed disability cut
The Social Protection Minister has been advised of a proposal to cut disability allowance payments for under 18s in the forthcoming budget, the second leak in two weeks from her department.
# Your Say
Poll: Should Mick Wallace claim the Leader's Allowance?
The Independent TD has defended his acceptance of the ‘Leader’s Allowance’, saying he will use it for research purposes.
# Back To School
Minister defends back-to-school allowance backlog
Joan Burton was responding to criticism over a major backlog in processing applications for the back-to-school clothing and footwear allowance.
# Back to Education
Welfare recipients encouraged to avail of Back to Education scheme
Almost €200 million has been made available for the scheme, but the inability of applicants to apply for the student maintenance grant on top of the allowance is being criticised.