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Monday 2 October 2023 Dublin: 14°C

# Social Welfare

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Educated, broke and fed up: how Ireland's unemployed are struggling to get by
Unemployment rates may be dropping, but significant barriers still exist for those seeking work in Ireland.
People without jobs will get a €141 Christmas bonus
There will also be increases to the respite care grant and child benefit.
People on the dole to see 50% increase in their Christmas bonus this year
The bonus is paid to long-term welfare claimants such as jobseekers, pensioners, carers, lone-parents and those with a disability.
French woman gets €200/week disability allowance for controversial 'gadget allergy'
Marine Richard has a condition known as Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity.
Poll: Do you think gardaí should be used to interview social welfare claimants?
One woman said it made her feel “like a criminal”.
Gardaí are being used to interview social welfare claimants
The move has been described as an “absolute disgrace” by one politician.
Overpaid in social welfare payments? The government will seek you out
Guides have been launched to help people understand their rights when the department comes knocking for their money back.
Partner of murdered man asked to produce news clipping to prove his death
Catherine Danaher was told she would need a a death certificate, memorial card, or newspaper clipping to prove her partner’s passing.
Romanian national falsely claimed social welfare 463 times
The 32-year-old stole at least €85,000 from the State, and has been jailed for three years.
Social welfare fraudster caught by facial recognition software is jailed
The man has led a ‘sad life’ the court heard.
Fine Gael TD hits out at people 'stacking up their trolleys with drink'
Catherine Byrne said people in society have a responsibility to pay their way.
Mary Lou and Joan just had ANOTHER showdown in the Dáil
McDonald accused Burton of being “anti-women”, who in turn said Sinn Féin has no serious policies.
Mary Lou says Joan Burton is 'giving two fingers' to the public
The Tánaiste’s own comments came back to haunt her today.
Joan slams social welfare fraudsters for 'giving two fingers to their neighbours'
Tens of millions of euro are overpaid each year.
€96m could have been overspent in dole payments
Also, 62 cases of people “claiming multiple identities” cost taxpayers a LOT of money.
Young man takes on social welfare for 'age discrimination' over reduced dole
By-election candidate Adrienne Wallace says there would be outrage if ‘women or black people had to accept a lower rate’.
TDs experience what it's like to struggle to make ends meet on social welfare
Willie O’Dea is one of four TDs taking part in TV3’s ‘Dáil on the Dole’ series.
Disappointment at "unusual" news that rent supplement limits won't be increased
The Department of Social Protection said that increasing them could lead to rental inflation.
'Opening a business is risky. It's time self-employed people had a safety net'
The Small Firms Association wants self-employed people to be allowed make voluntary contributions to PRSI.
Opinion: I never knew how easy it was to become homeless in Ireland until now
I never thought, in my wildest dreams, that a mere three weeks could change my life so drastically.
Some Leaving Cert students don't get Child Benefit - because of their age
This Senator thinks that should change.
People from which country got the most PPS numbers in Ireland last year?
That doesn’t include Ireland, of course.
JobBridge interns used to teach jobseeker classes
An internal audit flagged that the practice was taking place at Jobs Club classes.
'Dear Joan: Today, I sat in a dole office and cried to a complete stranger through a glass partition'
An open letter to the Minister for Social Protection: “I left that office embarrassed, angry, degraded, and a shadow of the educated, confident woman I am meant to be.”
There will be no Welfare Wednesday drinks tonight
Owner Gary Payne apologised for using the word ‘welfare’ in the promotion.
Appealing a social welfare decision? Sit tight, it'll be a while
The average waiting time for a summary decision is seven months.
Gardaí on hunt to find dole cheats
20 gardaí will begin investigating social welfare fraud across the country.
Tayto crisps, Mary Lou McDonald, and U2: The week in numbers
Plus: How many homeowners are more than two years behind with their mortgage repayments?
Joan Burton wants to increase the Christmas Bonus again next year
The Tánaiste is in a giving mood and says the partial restoration of the bonus this year is “a start”.
'If there were no carers, the cost to the government would bring the system down'
Carers are calling for the respite care grant to be reinstated in 2015.
Government funds to pay for funerals halved since 2011
A review of the guidelines for Exceptional Needs Payments was carried out in 2012.
Woman awarded €5,000 for not being allowed to do JobBridge internship
She was excluded from joining the scheme because she was in receipt of a one-parent family benefit.
Water Charges relief on its way for those not on social welfare
The Finance Bill introduced today gives effect to measures introduced in Budget 2015.
68-year-old man arrested in Mayo over substantial social welfare fraud
He’s expected to appear in court in the next few hours.
Here's how social welfare will look after today
If you have kids or live alone, it’s some good news.
Child Benefit: €5 extra per child, per month for parents
Brendan Howlin sprung the surprise increase this afternoon.
People on the dole will get a Christmas present from the government this year
The Christmas Bonus will be reintroduced this year – one of two increases in the area of social welfare announced in today’s Budget.
Here's how much money was seized from criminals last year
CAB released its 2013 Annual Report today.
Pensioners are now having to 'choose between food and fuel and medication'
Age Action says it would welcome the return of the Christmas Bonus in next week’s Budget.
Could the Christmas Bonus be restored in next month's Budget?
The Tánaiste wasn’t ruling it out when asked today.