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Tuesday 7 February 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Regina Doherty

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# Pylons
Regina Doherty has 'absolutely no confidence' North-South interconnector will happen
The minister said Brexit is “the biggest obstacle” facing the proposed energy project.
# Social Welfare
Over 11,000 jobseekers forced to do exact same programme twice
Concerns have been raised about the repeat fees being paid to the companies operating the Jobpath programme.
# budget 2019
'A cheap headline': Minister has no intention of scrapping welfare Christmas bonus
She said people on welfare payments were needlessly worried by news reports this morning.
# supply and demand
Regina Doherty calls for negotiations on new deal with FF, says election talk 'childish'
Budget talks start today – but the minister says Fine Gael wants parallel talks on confidence and supply.
# Planning ahead
Government to launch automatic enrolment into pension plans for all citizens by 2022
The consultation process for the proposed automatic enrolment of all citizens into pension plans has now been launched and will last until 4 November.
# Road Safety
Minister admits 'difficulties' in bringing in law for minimum passing distance when overtaking cyclists
A new law to require drivers to allow one metre when passing cyclists on roads was announced in February.
# budget 2019
Minister promises to take 'significant' action in the next Budget to pull thousands of children out of poverty
The minister gave a strong indication there will not be a repeat of the €5 increase in social welfare payments in the next Budget.
# Childcare Costs
Social Protection Minister rules out means testing child benefit payment
Regina Doherty acknowledged that there are issues with the childcare system in Ireland but argued that means testing is cumbersome.
# together for yes
'We owe her family a great debt': Calls for abortion legislation to be named Savita's Law
Together for Yes said the legislation must be enacted as quickly as possible.
# Cervical Cancer
'God forbid that a woman who got a letter might run to the media'
Tony O’Brien has criticised how some TDs conducted themselves at the Public Accounts Committee hearing yesterday.
Play golf on paternity leave? You're lucky to have time to breathe
The government is reportedly considering making paid paternity leave mandatory for all new fathers.
# Your Say
Poll: Should paternity leave be mandatory?
The Irish Times reports today that the government is planning on introducing both two weeks’ paid parental leave and mandatory paternity leave.
# battle of wills
'They knew I wasn't going to go away' - State in second climbdown as adopted man finally receives PSC eight months later
The man has long maintained that, in being denied a PSC because he refused to get an adoption certificate, he was in effect being discriminated against.
# stay warm
Government will offer an extra week of fuel allowance during the cold snap
The decision means that fuel allowance recipients will now automatically receive €45 for this week instead of the usual €22.50.
# scale and polish
Minister says it's 'absolutely deadly' that more people have availed of free dental and eye exams
Regina Doherty said there’d been a fourfold increase in the number of claims for free treatment benefits.
# Opinion Poll
About half of voters support unrestricted access to abortion up to 12 weeks
Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty says she isn’t sure if the referendum will pass.
# grave concerns
'We are trying to sound the alarm' - committee hears Public Services Card is a legal ticking time bomb
The Public Services Card was discussed for the first time in an Oireachtas forum at the Social Protection committee today.
# deprived
'Significant gap': Lone parents and those with disabilities among the most deprived in Ireland
Lone parents and adults with a disability were worse off than other people of the same age.
"It is the worst form of humiliation" - Woman denied Public Services Card due to adopted status
“I just burst out crying,” the 50-year-old woman says. “I really think this is the highest form of discrimination.”
# PR
Government spent over €200k promoting the Public Services Card
The rollout of the card sparked a storm of publicity about its use last year.
# Interview
'My stupid mandatory but not compulsory line' - Regina Doherty on the rocky road of ministerial life
From the Public Services Card to initiating a Garda investigation over Twitter abuse, it’s been an eventful six months for the Meath TD.
# changing tack
'I won't be running a similar campaign' - Minister drops 'Welfare Cheats' approach, but says €500m fraud figure 'absolutely accurate'
“It’s difficult to say in hindsight whether I would have run such a campaign or not,” says Minister Regina Doherty.
# Maternity Leave
'A disgrace': The mothers of premature babies who say they've been left behind by the Minister
Maternity leave was extended for mothers of premature babies back in October – but not for parents of infants born before then.
# Employment
Zero-hour contracts to be banned in most cases under new law
The new Bill to be published this week aims to tackle the casualisation of work.
# who blinks first?
'I was in the bar when the cheer went up': Politicians hit the airwaves to play election blame game
Minister Regina Doherty has said she heard a roar from Fianna Fáil TDs.
# thank christ
Election or no election, the Christmas bonus will still be paid next week
But the Social Protection minister says that other changes to social welfare payments are “in limbo”.
# Online abuse
Twitter abuse: Fine Gael TDs call out senior party member who labelled women 'bitches'
Female members of the Fine Gael party have said comments made by one party member online are “unacceptable”.
# pension disparity
U-turn means no solution to shortfall in State pensions 'for quite some time'
Changes introduced in 2012 altered how a person’s state pension is calculated.
# singled out
'I've had to tell more people in the last few months than in my entire life' - Man denied Public Services Card because he's adopted
“This shambolic process is now making me feel like a second class citizen – I’m being treated unequally because I’m adopted.”
# misinformationfest
'If you post one out I'll cut it up and send it back': The PSC has people both enraged and deeply confused
Both the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection and the Road Safety Authority have walked into a blizzard of criticism over the expansion of the Public Services Card (PSC).
# Tis The Seasonal Work
Jobseekers reminded they can take up Christmas work without losing entitlements
Businesses are being urged to hire people on the Live Register.
# Sneaky fashion
Stopped welfare payments and getting a passport abroad - the Irish haven't been shy complaining about the PSC
A great deal of ire has been directed at the government over the rollout of the card.
# budget 2018
Ireland is getting a new internship programme
The new scheme aims to target young people who find it difficult to enter employment.
# unofficial dispute
Bus Éireann row: Minister hits back after unions slam her for 'unofficial labour dispute' comment
The employment minister said that 299 replacement buses were needed on the Eastern corridor last week.
# Festive Cheer
The Christmas bonus will be given at the start of December
The cost of the Christmas bonus is €219 million.
Minister 'inspired' after meeting with young transgender and non-binary people
Doherty said she would review the position of non-binary and young trans people in the Gender Recognition Act.
# Jobseekers
Bring JobPath fraud claims to me and I'll investigate, says minister
Catherine MurphyTD has raised serious concerns in the Dáil regarding the activation programme, JobPath.
'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.
# tackling obesity
A fruit snack, a glass of milk: Salty or sugary school meals won't get funding
Schools are recommended to serve water and milk to children as part of the programme.
# 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”.