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Less than one in 10 who appealed the cut in their Pandemic Unemployment Payment have had it restored
Around 10,000 people appealed after having their PUP reduced from €350 to €203 a week.
# Jobseekers
Jobs market at 2016 levels as government tells PUP recipients to 'genuinely seek work'
Jobseekers will face tough competition with hundreds of thousands of people still out of work as a direct result of the pandemic.
Department of Social Protection defends 'legal basis' for checks by social welfare inspectors at airports
The approach taken by inspectors has prompted concern and criticism in recent days.
# Data Collection
Data watchdog has 'serious doubts' over whether social welfare inspectors acted lawfully at airports
The Data Protection Commission is seeking further clarity from the department over the actions of social welfare inspectors at airports.
# pandemic payment
Department says 85 people who had their PUP stopped may be entitled to it
It comes after a review of 2,500 people who’ve had their payment stopped.
# covid-19 benefit
Humphreys promises 'common sense approach' on whether people on PUP are 'genuinely seeking work'
The Dáil passed legislation this evening that gave the payment a legal basis and said that those in receipt of it must be “genuinely seeking” work.
# Covid PUP
Department of Social Protection: 'The PUP is not paid to people who leave the country to live elsewhere, or who go on holidays abroad'
The Department said that the vast majority of welfare payments that were ceased were to people who left the country “permanently”.
# Covid-19
Over one million people on Live Register or getting unemployment payment
The number of people in receipt of Covid-related payments is decreasing as more businesses start to reopen.
# Explainer
Q&A: How the extended pandemic payment schemes will work
The schemes will last throughout the summer into August. Here’s what it all means.
# Brace Yourself
This puppy got braces on his teeth and it's the cutest thing ever
Little hero.
# thomas house
This Dublin pub is sharing nightmare customer stories
The takeaway? People who work in pubs are SAINTS.
# Take a Break
'Chance the dog has taught me there's nothing anybody can't do'
Take a break and look at this pup’s new life.
# bruno
This pup disappeared in Galway... but turned up on the other side of Ireland
Bruno is back home again.
# polly wanna fight
Adorable Irish pup and parrot argue over valuable blanket space
A tense square-off indeed.
# dog's best friend
Good samaritan dog refuses to leave friend's side after he was hit by a car
Careful now, this one will hit you right in your heart.
# Animal Cruelty
Two puppies beaten and thrown over 10-foot wall in Portlaoise
The two eight-week-old pups had been abandoned behind the high wall for about four days, leaving them severely dehydrated.
# Zoo Baby
In photos: Californian sea lion pup born at Dublin Zoo
The young pup was born on land without the ability to swim – but has been taking lessons from his mother.
# Gusty Spence
Former UVF leader Gusty Spence dead at 78
Spence, who was jailed for the murder of a Catholic man in the sixties, later was at the forefront of the UVF ceasefire.