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Department's decision to monitor social media sparks criticism from advocacy groups
# Chilling Effect
# Chilling Effect

Department's decision to monitor social media sparks criticism from advocacy groups

Updated Aug 27th 2018, 10:00 PM 27,310 Views 67 Comments

Social media monitoring is one three media monitoring contracts being advertised by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

Minister promises to take 'significant' action in the next Budget to pull thousands of children out of poverty
# Budget 2019
# Budget 2019

Minister promises to take 'significant' action in the next Budget to pull thousands of children out of poverty

Jul 21st 2018, 7:30 AM 16,841 Views 62 Comments

The minister gave a strong indication there will not be a repeat of the €5 increase in social welfare payments in the next Budget.

Government providing €49.5 million for school clothing scheme, up €2.1 million on last year
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

Government providing €49.5 million for school clothing scheme, up €2.1 million on last year

Jun 25th 2018, 6:05 AM 6,945 Views 24 Comments

It is paid at a rate of €125 for children aged 4-11 and €250 for children aged 12 years and over.

Some pensioners to begin getting €130 a year phone bill allowance to prevent 'social isolation'
# Telephone Allowance
# Telephone Allowance

Some pensioners to begin getting €130 a year phone bill allowance to prevent 'social isolation'

Jun 6th 2018, 6:10 AM 18,454 Views 34 Comments

Minister Regina Doherty said it’s important to stay in contact with family and friends as we get older.

Social Protection Minister rules out means testing child benefit payment
# Childcare Costs
# Childcare Costs

Social Protection Minister rules out means testing child benefit payment

Jun 5th 2018, 11:55 AM 15,534 Views 153 Comments

Regina Doherty acknowledged that there are issues with the childcare system in Ireland but argued that means testing is cumbersome.

Play golf on paternity leave? You're lucky to have time to breathe
# Mandatory And Compulsory
# Mandatory And Compulsory

Play golf on paternity leave? You're lucky to have time to breathe

Apr 7th 2018, 8:15 AM 1,207 Views 20 Comments

The government is reportedly considering making paid paternity leave mandatory for all new fathers.

'They knew I wasn't going to go away' - State in second climbdown as adopted man finally receives PSC eight months later
# Battle Of Wills
# 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

Apr 2nd 2018, 12:05 AM 40,362 Views 64 Comments

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.

Extra week of fuel allowance to be paid this week to over 368,000 households after cold weather
# Beast From The East
# Beast From The East

Extra week of fuel allowance to be paid this week to over 368,000 households after cold weather

Mar 12th 2018, 9:22 PM 19,484 Views 48 Comments

In total, an extra €22.50 will be paid to over 368,000 households.

Government will offer an extra week of fuel allowance during the cold snap
# Stay Warm
# Stay Warm

Government will offer an extra week of fuel allowance during the cold snap

Feb 28th 2018, 9:52 AM 26,856 Views 67 Comments

The decision means that fuel allowance recipients will now automatically receive €45 for this week instead of the usual €22.50.

You're going to need a PSC to get any kind of driving licence or learner permit from April
# Feature Creep
# Feature Creep

You're going to need a PSC to get any kind of driving licence or learner permit from April

Feb 20th 2018, 10:31 AM 92,234 Views 240 Comments

Driving licence applications will become the latest state process to be added to the Public Services Card’s remit in just under seven weeks.

'We are trying to sound the alarm' - committee hears Public Services Card is a legal ticking time bomb
# Grave Concerns
# Grave Concerns

'We are trying to sound the alarm' - committee hears Public Services Card is a legal ticking time bomb

Feb 8th 2018, 1:34 PM 61,123 Views 144 Comments

The Public Services Card was discussed for the first time in an Oireachtas forum at the Social Protection committee today.

Almost one in six Irish households is jobless
# Poverty Line
# Poverty Line

Almost one in six Irish households is jobless

Feb 3rd 2018, 6:14 PM 34,707 Views 140 Comments

The rate refers to households where no adult is working.

"It is the worst form of humiliation" - Woman denied Public Services Card due to adopted status
# PSC
# PSC

"It is the worst form of humiliation" - Woman denied Public Services Card due to adopted status

Jan 21st 2018, 12:05 AM 60,983 Views 108 Comments

“I just burst out crying,” the 50-year-old woman says. “I really think this is the highest form of discrimination.”

3,000 delayed fuel allowance payments to be received next week
# Technical Glitch
# Technical Glitch

3,000 delayed fuel allowance payments to be received next week

Jan 5th 2018, 4:10 PM 10,469 Views 6 Comments

The technical glitch that caused the issue has been resolved.

County breakdown: Government paid out over €4 million to help cover costs of funerals
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

County breakdown: Government paid out over €4 million to help cover costs of funerals

Dec 26th 2017, 7:30 AM 14,537 Views 47 Comments

Exceptional needs payments can be made under the supplementary welfare allowance scheme.

Department of Social Protection admits wording of welfare cheats campaign was a mistake
# Mistake
# Mistake

Department of Social Protection admits wording of welfare cheats campaign was a mistake

Dec 7th 2017, 8:09 PM 34,158 Views 97 Comments

The Welfare Cheats Cheat Us All campaign was launched by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in April of this year.

Pensioner says she fears she'll be homeless at Christmas after social welfare payments suspended
# High Court
# High Court

Pensioner says she fears she'll be homeless at Christmas after social welfare payments suspended

Dec 4th 2017, 5:30 PM 34,787 Views 0 Comments

She was told she was being investigated by the Department of Social Protection and the payments were being suspended.

'I found myself shouting at the radio': War of words between Doherty and O'Dea on pension motion
# Fighting Words
# Fighting Words

'I found myself shouting at the radio': War of words between Doherty and O'Dea on pension motion

Oct 18th 2017, 10:30 AM 23,993 Views 107 Comments

The Government looks set to lose a vote in the Dáil.

Bring JobPath fraud claims to me and I'll investigate, says minister
# Jobseekers
# Jobseekers

Bring JobPath fraud claims to me and I'll investigate, says minister

Oct 7th 2017, 7:30 AM 20,334 Views 28 Comments

Catherine MurphyTD has raised serious concerns in the Dáil regarding the activation programme, JobPath.

FactFind: How does Ireland's jobseeker's benefit compare to the rest of the EU?
# Factfind
# Factfind

FactFind: How does Ireland's jobseeker's benefit compare to the rest of the EU?

Oct 4th 2017, 10:00 PM 61,437 Views 118 Comments

One of the Budget talking points will be how our social welfare benefits compare to our EU counterparts.

Six people were wrongly paid over €200,000 in social welfare
# Overpayments
# Overpayments

Six people were wrongly paid over €200,000 in social welfare

Sep 29th 2017, 7:42 PM 39,647 Views 106 Comments

The six cases have all been reported to gardaí.

It's his baby, so where on earth is Paschal Donohoe on the PSC?
# Wherefore Art Thou
# Wherefore Art Thou

It's his baby, so where on earth is Paschal Donohoe on the PSC?

Sep 3rd 2017, 9:00 PM 21,460 Views 100 Comments

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe is as culpable as anyone when it comes to the furore surrounding the Public Services Card. So why is he keeping such a low profile?

State pension bump of €5 being considered ahead of Budget 2018
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

State pension bump of €5 being considered ahead of Budget 2018

Aug 27th 2017, 2:26 PM 19,950 Views 84 Comments

An across-the-board increase is reportedly being considered.

People can now get the fuel allowance in two lump sums (rather than every week)
# This Is New
# This Is New

People can now get the fuel allowance in two lump sums (rather than every week)

Jul 21st 2017, 3:04 PM 35,936 Views 90 Comments

The news was welcomed by a number of parties.

Pretty soon you're going to need this card to do a whole load of important things in Ireland - but why?
# Big Brother
# Big Brother

Pretty soon you're going to need this card to do a whole load of important things in Ireland - but why?

Jul 15th 2017, 12:05 AM 149,043 Views 157 Comments

Applying for a passport and a driver’s licence will soon require the Public Services Card – but that’s only the beginning.

Parents urged to apply for increased Back to School Clothing allowance
# Helping Hand
# Helping Hand

Parents urged to apply for increased Back to School Clothing allowance

Jul 3rd 2017, 7:36 AM 27,235 Views 61 Comments

The department is launching an awareness campaign well ahead of the 30 September deadline.

An extra 1,500 social welfare fraud cases have been reported since start of 'Cheats' campaign
# On The Rise
# On The Rise

An extra 1,500 social welfare fraud cases have been reported since start of 'Cheats' campaign

Jun 24th 2017, 3:19 PM 19,026 Views 101 Comments

There have been 4,859 reports received by the department since 18 April, compared to 3,322 in the same period last year.

FactCheck: Did the government really save €500 million due to reported welfare fraud last year?
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactCheck: Did the government really save €500 million due to reported welfare fraud last year?

Jun 18th 2017, 12:05 AM 54,130 Views 76 Comments

No. No it didn’t.

Good news for parents: Back to school allowance is going up by 25%
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

Good news for parents: Back to school allowance is going up by 25%

Jun 14th 2017, 6:25 AM 43,194 Views 56 Comments

Meanwhile, the weekly payments for those in Direct Provision are also set to be increased.

From poisoned chalice to top of the table, is Leo Varadkar now destined to be Taoiseach?
# Profile
# Profile

From poisoned chalice to top of the table, is Leo Varadkar now destined to be Taoiseach?

Jun 2nd 2017, 9:10 PM 32,639 Views 100 Comments

The Social Protection Minister could succeed Enda Kenny as leader of Fine Gael … and the country.

Leo's department said there was only one identity fraud case this year but there's actually been 11
# Carry The One
# Carry The One

Leo's department said there was only one identity fraud case this year but there's actually been 11

May 31st 2017, 2:35 PM 22,594 Views 62 Comments

Sinn Féin has called on the government to end this “dishonest welfare fraud campaign”.

Government criticised over huge number of disabilities payments denied, only to be allowed upon appeal
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

Government criticised over huge number of disabilities payments denied, only to be allowed upon appeal

May 7th 2017, 7:30 AM 19,863 Views 38 Comments

Last year 58% of applications for disability allowance were allowed after they were appealed.

Poll: Would you report someone you suspected of welfare fraud?
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

Poll: Would you report someone you suspected of welfare fraud?

May 5th 2017, 10:00 AM 28,448 Views 137 Comments

The ‘Welfare Cheats Cheat Us All’ campaign is designed to encourage reporting of suspected or known social welfare fraud.

Reports of suspected social welfare fraud double after launch of advertising campaign
# Welfare Cheats
# Welfare Cheats

Reports of suspected social welfare fraud double after launch of advertising campaign

May 5th 2017, 6:05 AM 14,813 Views 81 Comments

Leo Varadkar’s department made €41 million in overpayments due to customer fraud in 2016.

Self-employed would 'pay more tax if they got extra benefits in return'
# Looking Into It
# Looking Into It

Self-employed would 'pay more tax if they got extra benefits in return'

May 2nd 2017, 7:00 AM 9,608 Views 32 Comments

Leo Varadkar said that the results of the survey carried out by his department would inform Budget 2018.

County breakdown: 10,640 fathers have taken paternity leave since September
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

County breakdown: 10,640 fathers have taken paternity leave since September

Apr 16th 2017, 10:00 AM 17,234 Views 54 Comments

Dublin had the highest number of recipients, while Leitrim had the lowest.

Private investigator gave information from Social Protection Department to insurance companies
# Data Protection
# Data Protection

Private investigator gave information from Social Protection Department to insurance companies

Apr 11th 2017, 1:08 PM 20,990 Views 18 Comments

Over 1,400 data protection complaints were made in 2016, up from 932 in 2015.

Self-employed? Here's what a psychologist wants you to know about work/life balance

Self-employed? Here's what a psychologist wants you to know about work/life balance

Apr 5th 2017, 3:12 PM 23,252 Views 0 Comments

If you work for yourself, these are must-reads.

It's now easier to take a career break without losing your state pension entitlements
# Social Protection
# Social Protection

It's now easier to take a career break without losing your state pension entitlements

Feb 6th 2017, 3:26 PM 25,039 Views 13 Comments

People will now have five years to decide if they want to pay voluntary contributions.

Varadkar says lone parents can earn more under measure that kicks in today
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Varadkar says lone parents can earn more under measure that kicks in today

Jan 5th 2017, 4:54 PM 25,863 Views 61 Comments

Changes have been made to the One-Parent Family Payment and the Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment.