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Welfare increase, fuel hike and income tax cuts: Here's what's coming in Budget 2019
# Budget
# Budget

Welfare increase, fuel hike and income tax cuts: Here's what's coming in Budget 2019

Oct 7th 2018, 6:05 AM 79,814 Views 142 Comments

Petrol, diesel, fuel and cigarettes are all set to rise.

Sinn Féin proposes €400 second-home tax, 5% high-earner levy and pension hike
# Budget 2019
# Budget 2019

Sinn Féin proposes €400 second-home tax, 5% high-earner levy and pension hike

Oct 1st 2018, 6:05 AM 57,708 Views 168 Comments

The party’s alternative budget proposes a €1 billion boost for social housing.

Over 11,000 jobseekers forced to do exact same programme twice
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Over 11,000 jobseekers forced to do exact same programme twice

Updated Sep 28th 2018, 1:00 PM 67,958 Views 112 Comments

Concerns have been raised about the repeat fees being paid to the companies operating the Jobpath programme.

'A cheap headline': Minister has no intention of scrapping welfare Christmas bonus
# Budget 2019
# Budget 2019

'A cheap headline': Minister has no intention of scrapping welfare Christmas bonus

Sep 25th 2018, 2:29 PM 32,049 Views 72 Comments

She said people on welfare payments were needlessly worried by news reports this morning.

Overhauling a dole system that 'discourages' jobseekers could help plug Ireland's skills gaps
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Overhauling a dole system that 'discourages' jobseekers could help plug Ireland's skills gaps

Aug 30th 2018, 5:53 PM 642 Views 0 Comments

The National Recruitment Federation also noted the cost of childcare is keeping people out of work.

GPs accuse Dept of 'using vulnerable patients as fodder' in row over illness benefit forms
# Bad Form
# Bad Form

GPs accuse Dept of 'using vulnerable patients as fodder' in row over illness benefit forms

Aug 28th 2018, 6:14 PM 13,575 Views 17 Comments

The Department of Social Protection has accused GPs of delaying the payouts of illness benefits.

People are waiting weeks for illness benefits due to an issue between GPs and Department
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

People are waiting weeks for illness benefits due to an issue between GPs and Department

Aug 28th 2018, 6:01 AM 30,194 Views 11 Comments

Many people have said that neither their GP or the Department informed them of the changeover in the forms required when claiming their benefit.

Over 1,000 inspections carried out by Welfare to detect 'bogus self employment'
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Over 1,000 inspections carried out by Welfare to detect 'bogus self employment'

Aug 4th 2018, 6:30 AM 40,081 Views 19 Comments

More inspections are to be carried out in the near future.

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.

Welfare payments due on Friday will now be paid tomorrow
# Storm Emma
# Storm Emma

Welfare payments due on Friday will now be paid tomorrow

Feb 28th 2018, 9:53 PM 24,272 Views 34 Comments

The fuel allowance payment was also doubled for this week.

Mother-of-four who stole €100,000 in fraudulent social welfare payments sentenced to 10 months
# Court
# Court

Mother-of-four who stole €100,000 in fraudulent social welfare payments sentenced to 10 months

Jan 25th 2018, 4:32 PM 31,966 Views 146 Comments

The 61-year-old told gardaí she was “sorry, ashamed and embarrassed”.

Nearly 3,000 fuel allowance payments delayed after technical glitch
# Delayed
# Delayed

Nearly 3,000 fuel allowance payments delayed after technical glitch

Jan 4th 2018, 7:50 AM 10,426 Views 7 Comments

The Department of Social Protection said it was investigating the matter.

Christmas bonus to be paid to more than 1.2 million social welfare recipients this week
# Extra Extra
# Extra Extra

Christmas bonus to be paid to more than 1.2 million social welfare recipients this week

Nov 27th 2017, 8:03 AM 52,780 Views 202 Comments

Abolished in 2009, the Christmas bonus was partially restored by the then Tánaiste Joan Burton in 2014 and has increased to the current 85%.

Election or no election, the Christmas bonus will still be paid next week
# Thank Christ
# Thank Christ

Election or no election, the Christmas bonus will still be paid next week

Nov 24th 2017, 12:12 PM 30,455 Views 92 Comments

But the Social Protection minister says that other changes to social welfare payments are “in limbo”.

The Christmas bonus will be given at the start of December
# Festive Cheer
# Festive Cheer

The Christmas bonus will be given at the start of December

Oct 10th 2017, 7:48 PM 67,622 Views 86 Comments

The cost of the Christmas bonus is €219 million.

Man who stole €76,000 in welfare payments while running a successful courier business avoids jail
# Welfare Fraud
# Welfare Fraud

Man who stole €76,000 in welfare payments while running a successful courier business avoids jail

Oct 10th 2017, 7:11 PM 40,825 Views 45 Comments

46-year-old Richard Burbridge committed the offences while operating a courier contract for the Courts Service.

Have kids? Here's what Budget 2018 means for parents
# Childcare
# Childcare

Have kids? Here's what Budget 2018 means for parents

Oct 10th 2017, 3:39 PM 82,819 Views 32 Comments

An increase to some child benefits, investment in the State’s free childcare scheme and more teachers are among the changes.

All weekly social welfare payments to increase by a fiver from March
# Fiver Friday
# Fiver Friday

All weekly social welfare payments to increase by a fiver from March

Oct 10th 2017, 2:20 PM 30,272 Views 132 Comments

A Christmas bonus of 85% will be paid to social welfare recipients this year.

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 61,451 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.

Man with intellectual disabilities loses control of income after spending money on dating sites
# Extortion
# Extortion

Man with intellectual disabilities loses control of income after spending money on dating sites

Sep 5th 2017, 6:10 AM 25,492 Views 22 Comments

The man’s food and rent bills have fallen into arrears by almost €2,000.

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 21,461 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?

Data Protection Commissioner calls for transparency over Public Services Card
# PSC
# PSC

Data Protection Commissioner calls for transparency over Public Services Card

Aug 30th 2017, 8:45 PM 28,407 Views 147 Comments

Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty earlier said the card will “give an improved, enhanced and effective service”.

Social welfare recipients to earn extra cash filling dairy farm worker shortage
# Moo Idea
# Moo Idea

Social welfare recipients to earn extra cash filling dairy farm worker shortage

Aug 3rd 2017, 11:42 AM 30,952 Views 122 Comments

A new pilot programme will see recipients able to apply for four weeks of training as dairy operatives.

Social welfare issues made up almost half of queries to Citizens Information last year
# Cis
# Cis

Social welfare issues made up almost half of queries to Citizens Information last year

Jul 13th 2017, 2:24 PM 8,042 Views 35 Comments

The impenetrability of Irish systems cause daily anguish to people, according to Sr Stanislaus Kennedy.

Poll: Do you think all social welfare fraudsters should be named and shamed?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Do you think all social welfare fraudsters should be named and shamed?

Jul 6th 2017, 9:13 AM 31,265 Views 157 Comments

The names will be published on a quarterly basis on the Department of Social Protection’s website.

Change to Leo's campaign: Only those convicted of fraud over €5,000 to have names published
# Benefit Fraud
# Benefit Fraud

Change to Leo's campaign: Only those convicted of fraud over €5,000 to have names published

Jul 5th 2017, 11:30 PM 20,981 Views 68 Comments

The names will be published on a quarterly basis on the Department of Social Protection’s website.

Woman who committed €31,000 worth of welfare fraud sentenced to community service
# Circuit Criminal Court
# Circuit Criminal Court

Woman who committed €31,000 worth of welfare fraud sentenced to community service

Jun 30th 2017, 8:11 PM 30,026 Views 50 Comments

Patricia Sweeney had forged declaration of unemployment forms in order to carry out the fraud.

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 19,027 Views 103 Comments

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

Limerick mayor hopeful under fire for comments on immigrants claiming social welfare
# Stephen Keary
# Stephen Keary

Limerick mayor hopeful under fire for comments on immigrants claiming social welfare

Jun 16th 2017, 3:29 PM 21,906 Views 126 Comments

Councillor Stephen Keary made the comments at a recent council meeting.

Writers and artists will now find it a lot easier to get social welfare
# CREATIVE IRELAND
# CREATIVE IRELAND

Writers and artists will now find it a lot easier to get social welfare

Jun 12th 2017, 2:00 PM 20,012 Views 57 Comments

The government initiative will allow artists access social welfare supports.

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”.

Most people support Leo Varadkar's welfare fraud campaign - poll
# Welfare Cheats
# Welfare Cheats

Most people support Leo Varadkar's welfare fraud campaign - poll

May 31st 2017, 6:01 AM 20,450 Views 72 Comments

Former social welfare inspector Bernadette Gorman called Varadkar’s latest policy a “solo run” and “hate campaign”.

An Post agent who cheated pensioners out of their welfare with 'cock and bull story' avoids jail
# Missing Welfare Payments
# Missing Welfare Payments

An Post agent who cheated pensioners out of their welfare with 'cock and bull story' avoids jail

May 18th 2017, 6:10 AM 31,732 Views 34 Comments

Maureen Walsh had told welfare recipients that she didn’t have money at the time to pay them.

Government apologises for backlog in maternity benefit payments
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Government apologises for backlog in maternity benefit payments

May 10th 2017, 8:59 AM 10,650 Views 18 Comments

Leo Varadkar said online applications are processed ‘much quicker’ than paperwork.

Every three months, the government will publish the names and addresses of welfare fraudsters
# Name And Shame
# Name And Shame

Every three months, the government will publish the names and addresses of welfare fraudsters

May 9th 2017, 4:23 PM 32,696 Views 138 Comments

The provision is included in the Social Welfare Bill 2017, which was published today.

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.

Poll: Would you report a social welfare cheat?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Would you report a social welfare cheat?

Apr 18th 2017, 7:05 AM 37,856 Views 123 Comments

Leo Varadkar is launching a new ad campaign to encourage members of the public to report social welfare fraudsters.

'Welfare cheats cheat us all': New campaign wants public to blow the whistle on welfare fraud
# Benefit Fraud
# Benefit Fraud

'Welfare cheats cheat us all': New campaign wants public to blow the whistle on welfare fraud

Apr 18th 2017, 7:00 AM 31,022 Views 75 Comments

It’s estimated that last year suspected fraud overpayments of Jobseeker’s Allowance cost €14 million.