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Monday 30 January 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Regina Doherty

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# Public Services Card
Taoiseach: 'Anyone that reads the law will understand why we disagree with the Data Commissioner's report'
The Taoiseach confirmed that the government has yet to file any court documents appealing findings by the Data Protection Commissioner.
Minister to publish Commission's PSC report 'in the next week or so'
The government is in a showdown with the Data Protection Commissioner over a report on the legality of the PSC.
# What now?
Why is the government set for a showdown in court over the findings of the PSC report?
The government has said this week it will not be implementing the findings of the Data Protection Commissioner.
# Public Services Card
Government to continue processing PSC data in defiance of Data Protection Commissioner ruling
The DPC ruled that there was no legal basis for the Government to process data for the card last month.
'A mistake government doesn't need to make': Refusing to publish PSC report 'absurd', activists claim
Minister Regina Doherty said 11 days ago the report would be published once her department had considered it.
# Public Services Card
PSC training manuals for civil servants: Facial image matching, 'voice biometrics' and identity tokens
Facial recognition is highlighted a number of times across the circulars issued to civil servants on the PSC.
# What now?
'There's no get out jail free card on this': What next for the Public Services Card?
The findings by the Data Protection Commissioner open up the possibility of legal action from PSC holders, solicitors say.
# Your Say
Poll: Will the PSC controversy affect how you vote?
Over 3.2 million people have been issued a Public Services Card, better known as the mandatory-not-compulsory PSC.
'Spark public debate': Spotlight on Public Services Card as data watchdog probe at 'advanced stage'
The long-awaited report on the legality of the PSC is expected in the near future.
# Penalty Rates
Thousands of social welfare recipients penalised over inadequate attempts to find employment
5,821 people were subject to ‘penalty rates’ during the first half of the year.
# Flying Kites
Fianna Fáil slaps down government's idea of means-testing for pension payments
Fianna Fáil accused the government of kite-flying.
# New Rules
Cabinet approves new measures to regulate tips and gratuities
The new legislation comes after a number of restaurants came in for criticism over how tips were being distributed among employees.
# swing-gate
Regina Doherty says Taoiseach 'between a rock and a hard place' over Maria Bailey swing fall review
The Taoiseach has said he cannot publish the report as those involved in the review spoke on condition it would not be published.
# draw the dole
New social welfare scheme promises 'breathing space' for unemployed artists
Unemployed artists will be able to receive jobseekers allowance while also focusing on their own work for 12 months.
# Social Welfare
Regina Doherty 'can't guarantee' pension increases in Budget 2020 because of Brexit
The Budget for 2020 will be announced in October – weeks before the UK is due to leave the EU.
# isis
Lisa Smith expresses desire to live in a 'caliphate...but not a brutality group' as she seeks to return to Ireland
The Dundalk native made the comments in a new interview with BBC.
# Self-employed
Government to go ahead with plans for self-employed to access jobseeker's payments
Self-employed people will be able to access €203 a week if they’re out of work.
# Employment
Only 6% of people have held down a job for over a year on JobPath
Over 226,851 people have engaged with the government’s JobPath service in the last four years.
'When you or I sit down in a restaurant, we need to know our tips are going directly to staff'
When a customer provides a tip after satisfactory service, they should know exactly where that money goes, writes Minister Regina Doherty.
# Pay Up
Restaurants and bars that don't display their tips policy will face fines of up to €2,500
An amendment to the law is to be introduced to ensure tips go to the employee.
# Progress
'We're falling very far short': Citizens' Assembly on gender equality to start work in autumn
The assembly will begin its work in October this year.
# Tipping Point
Restaurants to be barred from using tips to subsidise employees' wages
Sinn Féin said the proposed legislation doesn’t go far enough to protect employees.
# le2019
Leo says it wasn't 'a bad day at the office after all', but swing-gate and co-living did real damage to FG
Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty said there was not one issue that did the damage.
# swing-gate
Fine Gael reacts to 'car crash' Maria Bailey interview: 'I think she did herself a disservice this morning'
TD Maria Bailey defended taking a claim against a hotel after falling off a swing.
# Pensions
Over 20,000 pensioners to benefit from rate increase following review
Another 21,294 will remain on their existing rate of payment.
# cheque please
Restaurant tipping: Minister wants 'collective agreement' and not new laws
The minister says the agreement would stop restaurants using tips to subsidise wages.
# Parental Leave
'It's about a culture change': New welfare payment which could benefit up to 60,000 parents announced
Details of the Parental Leave scheme were announced this morning.
# Unemployed
TDs say there are cheaper ways than JobPath to get people back to work
A new policy document on JobPath has been launched by Sinn Féin.
# Jobseekers
'Ridiculous situation': Jobseekers forced to do JobPath programme for a third time
Private companies operating JobPath get over €3k for every jobseeker that makes it through the scheme.
# Data Protection
'I would have the legs cut off me': Doherty says she won't release PSC report until she's given go-ahead
Minister Regina Doherty clashed with Mick Wallace over the Public Services Card earlier this week.
# Jobseekers
Dail votes to end referrals to JobPath scheme as opposition parties unite to defeat government
The government was defeated by 81 votes to 42.
# Jobseekers
'Explosion in social welfare sanctions': SF and FF team up to slam government's JobPath scheme
Sinn Féin’s motion calls on the government to end the referral of jobseekers to JobPath.
# policy and economy
Hoteliers want extra time to prep for the 'financial pressure' of mandatory pensions
Businesses are seeking a four-year extension to the full rollout of a proposed scheme.
# Social Welfare
Committee told man on JobPath scheme had his CV amended against his wishes to conceal his ethnicity
Private companies operating JobPath get over €3k for every jobseeker that makes it through the scheme
# Birth Cert
'If something happens to me, my wife would have no rights to her own daughter': Families criticise government for law delay
Under the current system labels of ‘Mother’ and ‘Father’ exist on birth certificates.
# Parenting
Same-sex couples will be able to use ‘parent’ on birth certificates under new law
The changes will resolve a number of difficulties in the registration of donor assisted births.
# insecure work
New laws banning zero hour contracts 'in most circumstances' to be in place in March
The minister described it as one of the most significant changes ‘in a generation’.
# Illness Benefit
'We haven't crowned ourselves in glory': Apology to 5,000 people still waiting on Illness Benefit
People began to complain of delays in Illness Benefit payments back in August.
# Illness Benefit
'Disgraceful way to treat any human being': Families forced to dip into Christmas funds as delays in Illness Benefit continue
Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said discussions are ongoing in relation to the rollout of the new software systems causing the delays.
# National Broadband Plan
'Pat Breen asked a minister to meet a constituent and Naughten decided to go'
Pressure has been mounting on Breen to clarify the nature of his meetings with McCourt.