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#Welfare

# welfare - Saturday 22 August, 2015

Unless you can magic up a few houses, welfare recipients will need to move away from Dublin
# Opinion
# Opinion

Unless you can magic up a few houses, welfare recipients will need to move away from Dublin

Aug 22nd 2015, 8:00 AM 119 Views 280 Comments

It’s an unpalatable solution politically, but the truth is workers and students need to be in a place while those in receipt of welfare cannot make the same claim.

# welfare - Thursday 6 August, 2015

This year's King Puck has been picked... But what exactly happens at the Kerry fair?
# What The Puck
# What The Puck

This year's King Puck has been picked... But what exactly happens at the Kerry fair?

Aug 6th 2015, 1:30 PM 17,948 Views 29 Comments

The organisers of the Puck Fair have responded to criticism from animal rights groups.

# welfare - Wednesday 8 July, 2015

Labour TD insists she wasn't suggesting parents bring their children to work
# Lone Parents
# Lone Parents

Labour TD insists she wasn't suggesting parents bring their children to work

Jul 8th 2015, 5:05 PM 27,389 Views 105 Comments

Joanna Tuffy’s comments were criticised by Twitter users and a Sinn Féin MEP.

# welfare - Tuesday 7 July, 2015

Terminally ill welfare claimants are being asked when they think they're going to die
# Life Expectancy
# Life Expectancy

Terminally ill welfare claimants are being asked when they think they're going to die

Jul 7th 2015, 9:09 PM 24,591 Views 35 Comments

The claims have been made by English Labour MP Frank Field.

# welfare - Friday 27 March, 2015

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 12,755 Views 61 Comments

The Department of Social Protection said that increasing them could lead to rental inflation.

# welfare - Thursday 19 March, 2015

Poll: Should Ireland cut welfare benefits for obese people?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should Ireland cut welfare benefits for obese people?

Mar 19th 2015, 8:20 AM 26,453 Views 179 Comments

David Cameron wants to do it – should we do it here?

# welfare - Saturday 10 January, 2015

"The kids began laughing when he told them that his family have to queue up for food"
# Life On The Inside
# Life On The Inside

"The kids began laughing when he told them that his family have to queue up for food"

Jan 10th 2015, 8:15 AM 27,133 Views 156 Comments

Three people living in direct provision centres explain what people don’t realise about their lives.

# welfare - Friday 9 January, 2015

'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 35,936 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.”

# welfare - Tuesday 6 January, 2015

# welfare - Friday 12 December, 2014

At least eight people prosecuted for animal abuse so far under new cruelty law
# Intervene
# Intervene

At least eight people prosecuted for animal abuse so far under new cruelty law

Dec 12th 2014, 7:30 AM 6,052 Views 12 Comments

The DSPCA reports multiple prosecutions under the new Act.

# welfare - Wednesday 12 November, 2014

A European court has ruled against "welfare tourism"
# Benefits
# Benefits

A European court has ruled against "welfare tourism"

Nov 12th 2014, 7:34 AM 17,382 Views 133 Comments

The European Court of Justice said that Germany did not have to give a Romanian man benefits.

# welfare - Friday 26 September, 2014

Fraud on Jobseekers' Allowance cost the State €2.68 million a week in 2013
# Welfare
# Welfare

Fraud on Jobseekers' Allowance cost the State €2.68 million a week in 2013

Sep 26th 2014, 5:46 PM 15,500 Views 48 Comments

There was also problems with HSE procurement and payments to farmers.

# welfare - Wednesday 13 August, 2014

It's 'great news' that child beauty pageants have been axed - Senator
# Contest
# Contest

It's 'great news' that child beauty pageants have been axed - Senator

Aug 13th 2014, 5:00 PM 10,917 Views 21 Comments

The Universal Royalty Beauty Contest is planning to proceed with its Belfast pageant.

# welfare - Saturday 28 June, 2014

A TD used a Dáil question to ask if a water meter protester would have their dole cut
# Welfare
# Welfare

A TD used a Dáil question to ask if a water meter protester would have their dole cut

Jun 28th 2014, 8:50 AM 49,576 Views 357 Comments

Terence Flanagan used a case involving one of his own constituents to ask if the Department of Social Protection cuts the dole of anti-government protestors.

# welfare - Wednesday 11 June, 2014

In cases where work pays less than the dole ... 7 out of 10 people choose work
# Signing Off
# Signing Off

In cases where work pays less than the dole ... 7 out of 10 people choose work

Jun 11th 2014, 6:30 AM 12,968 Views 56 Comments

Think tank the ESRI has found that for those who, on a “snapshot” basis, would be “better off on the dole” tend to choose employment instead.

# welfare - Tuesday 4 March, 2014

Just 69 people have taken up Gateway places
# Gate Closed
# Gate Closed

Just 69 people have taken up Gateway places

Mar 4th 2014, 11:48 AM 14,037 Views 128 Comments

The Gateway scheme would pay long-term unemployed people €20 a week to work in their local communities.

# welfare - Sunday 2 February, 2014

Joan Burton has no plans for UK-style crackdown on welfare for jobless immigrants
# Migrants
# Migrants

Joan Burton has no plans for UK-style crackdown on welfare for jobless immigrants

Feb 2nd 2014, 8:00 AM 11,325 Views 84 Comments

A Fine Gael TD asked the Labour minister about a recent ban on immigrants in the UK receiving dole payment for their first three months of residency.

# welfare - Thursday 30 January, 2014

Column: The Government stalls while people with mobility difficulties fall deeper into isolation
# Limbo
# Limbo

Column: The Government stalls while people with mobility difficulties fall deeper into isolation

Jan 30th 2014, 7:30 PM 54 Views 8 Comments

The Government had a knee-jerk reaction last year and cut Mobility Allowance to new applicants. Nearly 12 months later, those in need are still in limbo, writes Anne-Maree Quinn.

# welfare - Tuesday 19 November, 2013

Over 50 horses seized from Cork site
# Animal Welfare
# Animal Welfare

Over 50 horses seized from Cork site

Nov 19th 2013, 10:17 PM 27,294 Views 136 Comments

The carcasses of three horses were also removed from the Hollyhill site on the north side of Cork city.

# welfare - Saturday 2 November, 2013

Burton calls for 'living wage' and says welfare state makes employers 'efficient'
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Burton calls for 'living wage' and says welfare state makes employers 'efficient'

Nov 2nd 2013, 4:10 PM 17,670 Views 121 Comments

The Minister for Social Protection has made a significant speech on the welfare state today.

# welfare - Wednesday 23 October, 2013

Shatter: Gardaí responded in good faith to child concerns
# Children
# Children

Shatter: Gardaí responded in good faith to child concerns

Oct 23rd 2013, 8:25 PM 12,305 Views 237 Comments

Two children who were removed from their Roma families have since been reunited with them.

# welfare - Wednesday 16 October, 2013

Social welfare garda checks must not involve racial profiling - ICI
# Budget 2014
# Budget 2014

Social welfare garda checks must not involve racial profiling - ICI

Oct 16th 2013, 4:53 PM 19,603 Views 368 Comments

The Immigrant Council of Ireland wants Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton to outline safeguards against racial profiling in crackdown on welfare fraud.

# welfare - Saturday 12 October, 2013

Top readers' comments of the week
# Comments
# Comments

Top readers' comments of the week

Oct 12th 2013, 11:00 AM 10,123 Views 13 Comments

Here’s our round-up of the most interesting and most popular comments from this week. Did you make it in?

# welfare - Tuesday 8 October, 2013

1,900 "welfare tourists" caught in three years
# Welfare Tourism
# Welfare Tourism

1,900 "welfare tourists" caught in three years

Oct 8th 2013, 5:33 PM 28,195 Views 206 Comments

New powers and investigative techniques have led to the apprehension of 101 welfare tourists at airports since last June.

# welfare - Monday 30 September, 2013

Welfare paid out nearly €100 million in incorrect payments last year
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Welfare paid out nearly €100 million in incorrect payments last year

Sep 30th 2013, 5:59 PM 13,025 Views 89 Comments

The rate of overpayment has jumped 92 per cent since 2007, but just 42 per cent of wrongful payments were down to fraud.

# welfare - Monday 23 September, 2013

Column: Who really benefits from the new 'carrot and stick' approach to welfare payments?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Who really benefits from the new 'carrot and stick' approach to welfare payments?

Sep 23rd 2013, 1:00 PM 1,567 Views 83 Comments

New welfare system changes are morally dubious and serve only make the lives of unemployed more unpleasant, writes Tom Boland.

# welfare - Saturday 21 September, 2013

Top readers' comments of the week
# You Told Us
# You Told Us

Top readers' comments of the week

Sep 21st 2013, 11:00 AM 8,554 Views 16 Comments

Here’s our round-up of the most interesting and most popular comments from this week. Did you make it in?

# welfare - Thursday 19 September, 2013

Senator calls for child beauty pageant to be cancelled
# Jillian Van Turnhout
# Jillian Van Turnhout

Senator calls for child beauty pageant to be cancelled

Sep 19th 2013, 1:09 PM 10,495 Views 92 Comments

The Universal Royalty Beauty Pageant is taking place in Dublin this weekend, but Jillian Van Turnhout said the contest has ‘no place in Ireland’.

# welfare - Sunday 15 September, 2013

"There is nothing decided on welfare cap" - Joan Burton
# Welfare
# Welfare

"There is nothing decided on welfare cap" - Joan Burton

Sep 15th 2013, 12:28 PM 11,005 Views 245 Comments

Reports today say that cuts to Social Protection will amount to a welfare cap, but the Minister for Social Protection says nothing has been decided.

# welfare - Saturday 24 August, 2013

Welfare traps preventing people from moving into employment
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Welfare traps preventing people from moving into employment

Aug 24th 2013, 1:54 PM 16,026 Views 105 Comments

A report has recommended that the department review eligibility criteria for some payments to “recognise the reality of the labour market”.

# welfare - Tuesday 6 August, 2013

ISPCA at "breaking point" dealing with increased calls for help
# Animal Welfare
# Animal Welfare

ISPCA at "breaking point" dealing with increased calls for help

Aug 6th 2013, 6:45 AM 5,867 Views 16 Comments

The ISPCA received 1,524 calls over the whole of 2012 – and has taken 1,372 calls so far this year.

# welfare - Monday 29 July, 2013

Rescue charity concerned about change of dog pound
# Dublin
# Dublin

Rescue charity concerned about change of dog pound

Jul 29th 2013, 8:30 PM 18,007 Views 42 Comments

A Dog’s Life has said it will not be able to provide the same service to the new pound, and fears more dogs will be put down.

# welfare - Sunday 14 July, 2013

How 'maternity box' gift helped lower infant mortality rates in Finland
# Infant Care
# Infant Care

How 'maternity box' gift helped lower infant mortality rates in Finland

Jul 14th 2013, 5:30 PM 18,391 Views 17 Comments

Many Finnish babies spend their first nights nestled inside a cardboard box – and here’s why.

# welfare - Thursday 13 June, 2013

Why is a former AIB building bought by the State ten years ago still empty? – Patrick Nulty TD asks
# Pretty Vacant
# Pretty Vacant

Why is a former AIB building bought by the State ten years ago still empty? – Patrick Nulty TD asks

Jun 13th 2013, 10:00 PM 11,096 Views 13 Comments

The building was bought over a decade ago at a cost of almost €1.5 million by the taxpayer for use by the Probation and Welfare Service – but has lain empty ever since because the service declined to relocate there.

# welfare - Wednesday 12 June, 2013

HSE had 'no proper basis' to refuse payment for woman and suicidal daughter
# Ombudsman
# Ombudsman

HSE had 'no proper basis' to refuse payment for woman and suicidal daughter

Jun 12th 2013, 2:41 PM 10,811 Views 49 Comments

Kileni, who fled South Africa after the murder of her husband and suffered Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, waited over a year for the payment awarded to her.

# welfare - Thursday 6 June, 2013

Column: The social welfare system is in a state of flux – and it's failing jobseekers
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: The social welfare system is in a state of flux – and it's failing jobseekers

Jun 6th 2013, 7:00 AM 68 Views 61 Comments

Many unemployed people struggle with accessing the correct information on what they are (or are not) entitled to – and the problem is compounded by misinformation and misdirection within the system, writes Brid O’Brien.

# welfare - Monday 29 April, 2013

Burton urged to take action so State can save €21m a year
# Savings
# Savings

Burton urged to take action so State can save €21m a year

Apr 29th 2013, 3:06 PM 9,015 Views 17 Comments

Roisín Shorthall says that if the State was to be reimbursed by insurers for welfare payments taken out while people are injured and claim welfare, they could save millions.

# welfare - Saturday 27 April, 2013

Aaron McKenna: We need to pay for our pensions to remove the burden on future taxpayers
# Opinion
# Opinion

Aaron McKenna: We need to pay for our pensions to remove the burden on future taxpayers

Apr 27th 2013, 8:00 AM 17 Views 40 Comments

The only way to ensure the long-term prosperity of our retirees without burdening our children with unfair taxes is to create a state-backed – rather than entirely state funded – pension system that is means tested, writes Aaron McKenna.

# welfare - Tuesday 2 April, 2013

150k sign petition after UK Minister says he could live on €63 a week
# Welfare
# Welfare

150k sign petition after UK Minister says he could live on €63 a week

Apr 2nd 2013, 2:15 PM 14,515 Views 53 Comments

The petition was set up to challenge Iain Duncan Smith to prove that he would be able to survive on benefits.