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# heather-humphreys - Yesterday’s News

Extra Fuel Allowance payment of €100 to be issued this week
# Heating
# Heating

Extra Fuel Allowance payment of €100 to be issued this week

Mon 11:25 AM 28,696 Views 33 Comments

All households who received Fuel Allowance in early April will automatically receive the €100 lump sum.

# heather-humphreys - Wednesday 27 April, 2022

Proposals on State pension age to be brought to Govt 'very soon', says minister
# Pension Age
# Pension Age

Proposals on State pension age to be brought to Govt 'very soon', says minister

Apr 27th 2022, 5:26 PM 25,929 Views 20 Comments

The Pension Commission has recommended that the State pension age should rise to 67 by 2031.

Payment to households hosting Ukrainian refugees ‘to be made in coming weeks’
# Ukraine
# Ukraine

Payment to households hosting Ukrainian refugees ‘to be made in coming weeks’

Apr 27th 2022, 4:45 PM 16,437 Views 17 Comments

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys said there are almost 27,000 Ukrainians who have been issued with PPS numbers.

# heather-humphreys - Tuesday 29 March, 2022

The government's launched a plan to auto-enrol workers for pensions - here's how it will work
# Explainer
# Explainer

The government's launched a plan to auto-enrol workers for pensions - here's how it will work

Mar 29th 2022, 6:29 PM 18,401 Views 15 Comments

The auto-enrolment pension scheme is set to come into effect in early 2024.

750,000 workers set to be auto-enrolled in new pensions scheme by early 2024
# Cabinet
# Cabinet

750,000 workers set to be auto-enrolled in new pensions scheme by early 2024

Updated Mar 29th 2022, 12:50 PM 38,493 Views 51 Comments

Auto-enrolment was initially meant to start this year but due to the pandemic the roll out was delayed.

# heather-humphreys - Tuesday 22 March, 2022

Up to 40,000 Ukrainian refugees may arrive in Ireland by end of April, says Varadkar
# Refugees
# Refugees

Up to 40,000 Ukrainian refugees may arrive in Ireland by end of April, says Varadkar

Updated Mar 22nd 2022, 6:39 PM 39,722 Views 68 Comments

Over 10,000 Ukrainian refugees have arrived in Ireland since Russia launched its invasion almost a month ago.

# heather-humphreys - Thursday 17 March, 2022

Three new centres to support Ukrainian refugees to open in Dublin, Cork and Limerick
# Ukrainian Refugees
# Ukrainian Refugees

Three new centres to support Ukrainian refugees to open in Dublin, Cork and Limerick

Mar 17th 2022, 8:58 AM 23,909 Views 11 Comments

Almost 7,300 Ukrainian refugees have arrived in Ireland since the war broke out last month.

# heather-humphreys - Monday 14 March, 2022

Fuel allowance recipients to receive once-off bonus payment of €125 from today
# Cost Of Living Crisis
# Cost Of Living Crisis

Fuel allowance recipients to receive once-off bonus payment of €125 from today

Mar 14th 2022, 6:00 AM 50,562 Views 26 Comments

The once-off payment is means-tested and is available to pensioners, widows, widowers, jobseekers, lone-parents and people with disabilities.

# heather-humphreys - Monday 7 February, 2022

'Insanity': Criticism as unemployment benefit to be paid at post offices rather than online
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

'Insanity': Criticism as unemployment benefit to be paid at post offices rather than online

Feb 7th 2022, 12:05 AM 117,035 Views 121 Comments
  • One man said he now has to drive over 55km to a post office in order to collect the payment, which brings his fuel cost to between €45 - €50 a week.
  • Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys said that the return to post offices would help to support the network and tackle welfare fraud.
  • A Social Democrats TD said the idea that people in receipt of social welfare are going to defraud the State "has been debunked on several occasions".

# heather-humphreys - Tuesday 1 February, 2022

Enhanced Illness Benefit extended until end of June
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Enhanced Illness Benefit extended until end of June

Feb 1st 2022, 6:51 PM 15,535 Views 2 Comments

To date, almost €230 million has been paid under this scheme, supporting over 374,500 people.

# heather-humphreys - Wednesday 26 January, 2022

Jobseekers payments to return to post offices following lifting of Covid restrictions
# Heather Humphreys
# Heather Humphreys

Jobseekers payments to return to post offices following lifting of Covid restrictions

Jan 26th 2022, 6:08 PM 19,850 Views 18 Comments

The measure will initially apply to new applicants before being extended to other jobseekers over the coming months.

# heather-humphreys - Thursday 6 January, 2022

Old schools, cinemas and vacant buildings to be re-vamped into work hubs and community spaces
# Rural Ireland
# Rural Ireland

Old schools, cinemas and vacant buildings to be re-vamped into work hubs and community spaces

Jan 6th 2022, 3:58 PM 25,720 Views 26 Comments

The aim of the funding is to target dereliction in towns and villages in rural Ireland.

# heather-humphreys - Sunday 26 December, 2021

Some Wexford homes saw one-metre flood levels after 'devastating' Christmas rainfall
# Wexford
# Wexford

Some Wexford homes saw one-metre flood levels after 'devastating' Christmas rainfall

Updated Dec 26th 2021, 5:25 PM 81,198 Views 25 Comments

The flooding has been particularly severe in county Wexford.

# heather-humphreys - Friday 3 December, 2021

Government reintroduces PUP as restrictions hit entertainment and hospitality sectors
# PUP Returns
# PUP Returns

Government reintroduces PUP as restrictions hit entertainment and hospitality sectors

Updated Dec 3rd 2021, 8:42 PM 45,574 Views 46 Comments

Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys confirmed the measure in a tweet this evening.

# heather-humphreys - Friday 12 November, 2021

The tidiest town in Ireland has been revealed
# Tidy Towns
# Tidy Towns

The tidiest town in Ireland has been revealed

Nov 12th 2021, 1:35 PM 49,682 Views 17 Comments

It’s in Co Clare.

# heather-humphreys - Friday 22 October, 2021

Legislation that allows drinking outside pubs and restaurants extended to May
# Outdoor Seating
# Outdoor Seating

Legislation that allows drinking outside pubs and restaurants extended to May

Oct 22nd 2021, 5:31 PM 16,066 Views 14 Comments

From today, alcohol cannot be sold or consumed after 11pm in certain outdoor seating areas.

# heather-humphreys - Tuesday 28 September, 2021

Government agrees to provide up to 500 extra places for Afghan family members
# Afghanistan
# Afghanistan

Government agrees to provide up to 500 extra places for Afghan family members

Updated Sep 28th 2021, 4:49 PM 10,756 Views 42 Comments

More than 670 Afghan nationals have already been granted permission to reside in the State so far this year.

# heather-humphreys - Monday 27 September, 2021

Winter Fuel Allowance payment begins this week as govt hints at widening eligibility net
# Thintean Fein
# Thintean Fein

Winter Fuel Allowance payment begins this week as govt hints at widening eligibility net

Sep 27th 2021, 6:21 AM 60,624 Views 15 Comments

The fuel allowance is an additional social welfare payment that is means-tested.

# heather-humphreys - Friday 24 September, 2021

Gardaí involved in rescue of IRA kidnap victim honoured almost 40 years on
# Don Tidey
# Don Tidey

Gardaí involved in rescue of IRA kidnap victim honoured almost 40 years on

Sep 24th 2021, 3:42 PM 15,610 Views 14 Comments

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris presented the Scott medal, the force’s highest honour, to 15 deceased and serving members of An Garda Síochána.

# heather-humphreys - Sunday 12 September, 2021

Sinn Féin motion on Coveney is a publicity stunt, says Humphreys
# Zapponegate
# Zapponegate

Sinn Féin motion on Coveney is a publicity stunt, says Humphreys

Sep 12th 2021, 4:03 PM 17,547 Views 92 Comments

The Minister for Social Protection said today that there are “more important things” than the controversy surrounding Coveney’s appointment of Katherine Zappone to a UN special envoy position.

# heather-humphreys - Wednesday 28 July, 2021

Number of people receiving PUP dips below 200,000 for the first time
# New Low
# New Low

Number of people receiving PUP dips below 200,000 for the first time

Jul 28th 2021, 10:07 AM 16,509 Views 50 Comments

The overall bill for the Pandemic Unemployment Payment now stands at over €8.3 billion.

# heather-humphreys - Monday 19 July, 2021

Garda promotions to be handled by Public Appointments Service under new regulations
# New Rules
# New Rules

Garda promotions to be handled by Public Appointments Service under new regulations

Jul 19th 2021, 11:27 AM 20,207 Views 22 Comments

Promotions to the ranks of sergeant and inspector had previously been managed internally.

# heather-humphreys - Monday 12 July, 2021

New unemployment payment linked to past working history pushed out to 2023
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

New unemployment payment linked to past working history pushed out to 2023

Jul 12th 2021, 4:31 PM 38,146 Views 20 Comments

Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys said today that the plans will not be included in Budget 2022.

10,000 jobseekers to be paid €306 per week as new work placement scheme launched
# Work Experience
# Work Experience

10,000 jobseekers to be paid €306 per week as new work placement scheme launched

Jul 12th 2021, 11:39 AM 75,841 Views 52 Comments

The Pathways to Work 2021-2025 strategy was launched by the government this morning.

# heather-humphreys - Friday 2 July, 2021

Legislation enacted to allow drinking outside pubs and restaurants
# Outdoor Summer
# Outdoor Summer

Legislation enacted to allow drinking outside pubs and restaurants

Jul 2nd 2021, 5:49 PM 17,327 Views 22 Comments

The Bill was passed to deal with the issue of certain outdoor service not being covered by alcohol licences.

# heather-humphreys - Friday 25 June, 2021

Justice Minister says 999 calls being cancelled 'should not have happened'
# Cancelled Calls
# Cancelled Calls

Justice Minister says 999 calls being cancelled 'should not have happened'

Jun 25th 2021, 8:56 AM 11,587 Views 31 Comments

The Garda Commissioner yesterday issued an apology to the victims who had their 999 calls cancelled.

# heather-humphreys - Monday 21 June, 2021

Garda Commissioner promises to use 'discretion' in dealing with licencing law to facilitate outdoor hospitality, says minister
# Heather Humphreys
# Heather Humphreys

Garda Commissioner promises to use 'discretion' in dealing with licencing law to facilitate outdoor hospitality, says minister

Updated Jun 21st 2021, 8:10 PM 29,049 Views 68 Comments

Questions have been raised about the legality of selling alcohol to customers in on-street seating.

School meals programme to be extended this summer due to impact of Covid-19 pandemic
# School Dinners
# School Dinners

School meals programme to be extended this summer due to impact of Covid-19 pandemic

Jun 21st 2021, 2:24 PM 11,882 Views 17 Comments

The funding is normally not available during the summer.

# heather-humphreys - Sunday 20 June, 2021

Gardaí to 'use discretion' after warning alcohol licences may not cover on-street service by pubs and restaurants
# Outdoor Summer
# Outdoor Summer

Gardaí to 'use discretion' after warning alcohol licences may not cover on-street service by pubs and restaurants

Jun 20th 2021, 9:05 PM 43,658 Views 92 Comments

The Justice Minister has said that gardaí will act with ‘discretion’ on the issue.

# heather-humphreys - Wednesday 9 June, 2021

Number of people receiving PUP dips below 300,000 for the first time this year
# PUP
# PUP

Number of people receiving PUP dips below 300,000 for the first time this year

Jun 9th 2021, 12:09 PM 8,026 Views 5 Comments

This is the lowest number of people in receipt of the PUP since December.

# heather-humphreys - Tuesday 1 June, 2021

Government plans to link unemployment payments to past working history and PRSI contributions
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Government plans to link unemployment payments to past working history and PRSI contributions

Jun 1st 2021, 5:22 PM 43,722 Views 45 Comments

With the phasing out of the PUP, government is keen to bring in pay-related unemployment payments.

# heather-humphreys - Wednesday 26 May, 2021

Government considering phasing out pandemic supports in the final quarter of the year
# PUP
# PUP

Government considering phasing out pandemic supports in the final quarter of the year

May 26th 2021, 8:30 PM 20,944 Views 21 Comments

Leo Varadkar said there would be no dramatic changes. An announcement will be made on Tuesday.

# heather-humphreys - Friday 19 February, 2021

Access to rent supplement for victims of domestic violence extended to the end of the year
# Rent Supplement
# Rent Supplement

Access to rent supplement for victims of domestic violence extended to the end of the year

Feb 19th 2021, 9:45 AM 7,176 Views 3 Comments

Rent supplement can be provided for an initial three-month period and the usual means test does not apply.

# heather-humphreys - Monday 8 February, 2021

New weekly payment of €203 introduced for 65-year-olds after rise of pension age
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

New weekly payment of €203 introduced for 65-year-olds after rise of pension age

Feb 8th 2021, 7:27 AM 161,848 Views 53 Comments

A person in receipt of this payment will not be required to be available for full-time work.

# heather-humphreys - Tuesday 5 January, 2021

PUP claimants reach 335,600 people as ministers promise payments won't change during Level 5
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

PUP claimants reach 335,600 people as ministers promise payments won't change during Level 5

Updated Jan 5th 2021, 3:38 PM 51,645 Views 57 Comments

The scheme has cost the State over €5 billion since last March.

# heather-humphreys - Friday 1 January, 2021

Social welfare rights for UK citizens in Ireland and vice versa officially unaffected despite Brexit
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

Social welfare rights for UK citizens in Ireland and vice versa officially unaffected despite Brexit

Jan 1st 2021, 1:44 PM 37,234 Views 46 Comments

A bilateral agreement covers a range of different benefits including those for sickness, parents, pensions and unemployment.

# heather-humphreys - Tuesday 22 December, 2020

New arrangements for people to claim Pandemic Unemployment Payment between now and new year
# Pup Payments
# Pup Payments

New arrangements for people to claim Pandemic Unemployment Payment between now and new year

Dec 22nd 2020, 3:06 PM 89,201 Views 10 Comments

Minister Heather Humphreys said applications would be processed “without delay”.

# heather-humphreys - Monday 14 December, 2020

40,000 people close PUP claims and return to work as €90 million paid out this week
# PUP
# PUP

40,000 people close PUP claims and return to work as €90 million paid out this week

Dec 14th 2020, 6:01 PM 14,552 Views 8 Comments

There are just over 300,000 people in receipt of the pandemic unemployment payment.

# heather-humphreys - Wednesday 9 December, 2020

Self-employed people allowed earn €960 over two months without losing their Pandemic Unemployment Payment
# PUP
# PUP

Self-employed people allowed earn €960 over two months without losing their Pandemic Unemployment Payment

Dec 9th 2020, 4:44 PM 71,965 Views 19 Comments

The move aims to help those who want to take up occasional intermittent work without losing their payment,

# heather-humphreys - Tuesday 1 December, 2020

Pandemic Unemployment Payment arrears to be paid to 286,000 recipients today
# Money Owed
# Money Owed

Pandemic Unemployment Payment arrears to be paid to 286,000 recipients today

Dec 1st 2020, 12:43 PM 25,455 Views 22 Comments

Some cases progressed more slowly due to their complexity and due to inadequate or inaccurate information provided.

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