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#Social Welfare

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Fine Gael TD hits out at people 'stacking up their trolleys with drink'
# No Need For It
# No Need For It

Fine Gael TD hits out at people 'stacking up their trolleys with drink'

Jul 3rd 2015, 4:24 PM 43,372 Views 259 Comments

Catherine Byrne said people in society have a responsibility to pay their way.

Mary Lou and Joan just had ANOTHER showdown in the Dáil
# Lone Parents
# Lone Parents

Mary Lou and Joan just had ANOTHER showdown in the Dáil

Jun 30th 2015, 8:39 PM 26,160 Views 89 Comments

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
# Flipping The Bird
# Flipping The Bird

Mary Lou says Joan Burton is 'giving two fingers' to the public

Jun 25th 2015, 1:20 PM 20,001 Views 83 Comments

The Tánaiste’s own comments came back to haunt her today.

Joan slams social welfare fraudsters for 'giving two fingers to their neighbours'
# Parliamentary Language
# Parliamentary Language

Joan slams social welfare fraudsters for 'giving two fingers to their neighbours'

Jun 24th 2015, 8:30 PM 25,777 Views 138 Comments

Tens of millions of euro are overpaid each year.

€96m could have been overspent in dole payments
# Social Welfare Fraud
# Social Welfare Fraud

€96m could have been overspent in dole payments

May 28th 2015, 1:19 PM 22,139 Views 84 Comments

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
# Unemployed Help
# Unemployed Help

Young man takes on social welfare for 'age discrimination' over reduced dole

Apr 24th 2015, 6:05 AM 72,021 Views 167 Comments

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'dole
# Willie O'dole

TDs experience what it's like to struggle to make ends meet on social welfare

Apr 17th 2015, 12:25 PM 27,746 Views 153 Comments

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
# No Change
# No Change

Disappointment at "unusual" news that rent supplement limits won't be increased

Mar 27th 2015, 8:20 PM 12,783 Views 61 Comments

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'
# RISKY BUSINESS
# RISKY BUSINESS

'Opening a business is risky. It's time self-employed people had a safety net'

Feb 7th 2015, 10:15 AM 11,394 Views 28 Comments

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
# Angry At The System
# Angry At The System

Opinion: I never knew how easy it was to become homeless in Ireland until now

Feb 2nd 2015, 8:00 AM 1,055 Views 86 Comments

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
# Kids And Money
# Kids And Money

Some Leaving Cert students don't get Child Benefit - because of their age

Jan 29th 2015, 6:30 AM 47,858 Views 50 Comments

This Senator thinks that should change.

People from which country got the most PPS numbers in Ireland last year?
# Employment
# Employment

People from which country got the most PPS numbers in Ireland last year?

Jan 27th 2015, 4:00 PM 25,844 Views 50 Comments

That doesn’t include Ireland, of course.

JobBridge interns used to teach jobseeker classes
# Jobs Club
# Jobs Club

JobBridge interns used to teach jobseeker classes

Jan 18th 2015, 6:28 PM 18,925 Views 44 Comments

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'
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

'Dear Joan: Today, I sat in a dole office and cried to a complete stranger through a glass partition'

Jan 9th 2015, 8:00 PM 37,436 Views 400 Comments

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
# Drinks Promo
# Drinks Promo

There will be no Welfare Wednesday drinks tonight

Jan 7th 2015, 10:00 PM 25,834 Views 42 Comments

Owner Gary Payne apologised for using the word ‘welfare’ in the promotion.

Appealing a social welfare decision? Sit tight, it'll be a while
# Hang In There
# Hang In There

Appealing a social welfare decision? Sit tight, it'll be a while

Dec 22nd 2014, 7:15 AM 13,638 Views 10 Comments

The average waiting time for a summary decision is seven months.

Gardaí on hunt to find dole cheats
# Special Investigation Unit
# Special Investigation Unit

Gardaí on hunt to find dole cheats

Dec 9th 2014, 1:56 PM 23,785 Views 80 Comments

20 gardaí will begin investigating social welfare fraud across the country.

Tayto crisps, Mary Lou McDonald, and U2: The week in numbers
# Prime Numbers
# Prime Numbers

Tayto crisps, Mary Lou McDonald, and U2: The week in numbers

Dec 6th 2014, 7:30 PM 13,154 Views 4 Comments

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
# Cash Money
# Cash Money

Joan Burton wants to increase the Christmas Bonus again next year

Dec 3rd 2014, 4:29 PM 16,733 Views 183 Comments

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'
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

'If there were no carers, the cost to the government would bring the system down'

Nov 26th 2014, 7:15 AM 6,383 Views 16 Comments

Carers are calling for the respite care grant to be reinstated in 2015.

Government funds to pay for funerals halved since 2011
# Exceptional Needs Payments
# Exceptional Needs Payments

Government funds to pay for funerals halved since 2011

Nov 25th 2014, 6:45 AM 7,161 Views 16 Comments

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
# Single Parent
# Single Parent

Woman awarded €5,000 for not being allowed to do JobBridge internship

Nov 17th 2014, 2:45 PM 20,898 Views 25 Comments

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
# Finance Bill
# Finance Bill

Water Charges relief on its way for those not on social welfare

Oct 23rd 2014, 7:03 PM 25,147 Views 109 Comments

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
# Castlebar
# Castlebar

68-year-old man arrested in Mayo over substantial social welfare fraud

Oct 15th 2014, 10:46 AM 20,914 Views 57 Comments

He’s expected to appear in court in the next few hours.

Here's how social welfare will look after today
# No Cuts
# No Cuts

Here's how social welfare will look after today

Oct 14th 2014, 6:09 PM 23,202 Views 28 Comments

If you have kids or live alone, it’s some good news.

Child Benefit: €5 extra per child, per month for parents
# Budget 2015
# Budget 2015

Child Benefit: €5 extra per child, per month for parents

Oct 14th 2014, 6:00 PM 20,907 Views 101 Comments

Brendan Howlin sprung the surprise increase this afternoon.

People on the dole will get a Christmas present from the government this year
# Every Little Helps
# Every Little Helps

People on the dole will get a Christmas present from the government this year

Oct 14th 2014, 4:57 PM 25,507 Views 91 Comments

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
# Criminal Assets Bureau
# Criminal Assets Bureau

Here's how much money was seized from criminals last year

Oct 8th 2014, 2:14 PM 14,038 Views 28 Comments

CAB released its 2013 Annual Report today.

Pensioners are now having to 'choose between food and fuel and medication'
# Christmas Bonus
# Christmas Bonus

Pensioners are now having to 'choose between food and fuel and medication'

Oct 8th 2014, 10:38 AM 6,173 Views 28 Comments

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?
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Could the Christmas Bonus be restored in next month's Budget?

Sep 18th 2014, 6:00 PM 25,542 Views 181 Comments

The Tánaiste wasn’t ruling it out when asked today.

Here's how many construction workers are on the dole
# Construction
# Construction

Here's how many construction workers are on the dole

Aug 16th 2014, 7:30 AM 19,787 Views 59 Comments

Despite a recovery, nearly 80,000 workers remain unemployed.

Life on the dole - a dark and humorous diary
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Life on the dole - a dark and humorous diary

Aug 9th 2014, 8:30 PM 43,319 Views 56 Comments

Tobias Kirkner arrived back to Ireland and thought it would be easy to ‘get on the dole’… he was wrong.

JobBridge is 'absolutely not' used by employers to get cheap labour
# Unemployment
# Unemployment

JobBridge is 'absolutely not' used by employers to get cheap labour

Aug 6th 2014, 10:56 AM 15,087 Views 153 Comments

The Junior Minister for Labour Activation said that any employers who abuse the system will be “taken off”.

Over €200m worth of unclaimed social welfare payments in past three years
# DSP
# DSP

Over €200m worth of unclaimed social welfare payments in past three years

Jul 21st 2014, 7:15 AM 17,823 Views 25 Comments

No, you can’t have them. There were all returned to the Department.

Social welfare staff are being told to refuse dole payments to 'locked out' Greyhound workers
# Industrial Dispute
# Industrial Dispute

Social welfare staff are being told to refuse dole payments to 'locked out' Greyhound workers

Jul 19th 2014, 7:30 AM 20,626 Views 106 Comments

A circular issued to social welfare staff advises them to reject applications for jobseeker’s payments.

'No evidence' that disproportionately high number of migrants receive social welfare
# Jobseekers
# Jobseekers

'No evidence' that disproportionately high number of migrants receive social welfare

Jul 17th 2014, 7:15 AM 10,815 Views 82 Comments

A new study has found that the number in receipt of these payments are just a little or below the number in the work force.

Here's what the social welfare budget paid for last year
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Here's what the social welfare budget paid for last year

Jul 9th 2014, 6:07 PM 20,245 Views 76 Comments

Between pensions, jobseeker’s payments and allowances for children and carers, Joan Burton’s department spend €20.3 billion.

What counties have the highest number of people on rent allowance?
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

What counties have the highest number of people on rent allowance?

Jul 6th 2014, 6:30 PM 37,198 Views 59 Comments

Outside of Dublin, Wexford has the highest concentration.

9,000 families to lose one-parent payment from today
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

9,000 families to lose one-parent payment from today

Jul 3rd 2014, 7:15 AM 17,486 Views 103 Comments

Changes to the plan were announced two years ago.