Many people living and working in Ireland have elderly or sick relatives living in other EU countries.  In some circumstances, it becomes necessary or desirable for the relative to come and live in Ireland. Whilst EU citizens can freely move to Ireland, they only have a right to receive a social welfare payment in limited […]

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Personal and Family relationships change over time, and this can lead to difficult circumstances, especially if your spouse dies, or if you are need to look after elderly or sick relatives who may not have lived or worked in Ireland. SURVIVOR PENSIONS This is the name for pensions paid to the surviving widow or widower […]

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Minister Naughton Announces Further Extension to Driving Licences


Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton T.D. has announced, details of an extension to the expiry dates of driving licences that have not benefited from a previous extension. The move comes as the EU and national Governments take steps in response to the disruption caused by Covid-19 to driver licensing services across the EU. The extension […]

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New NCTS Centre to open in Navan, Meath


New two-lane centre will have capacity to inspect over 30,000 vehicles annually Over time it will create an additional 12 jobs for the Navan area. 29 June 2021; A new National Car Testing Service inspection centre will open in Meath on Monday 5 July. Located on the old Athboy Road in Navan, this will be […]

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Minister Naughton Further Extends the Expiry Dates of Learner Permits


Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton TD has today, Thursday 24th of June 2021, announced details of a further 10-month extension to the validity period of learner permits in response to the level 5 restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Due to restrictions on accessing many of the services delivered by […]

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Garda scam alert


In recent days Gardaí have received reports of persons receiving phone calls from fraudsters claiming to be members of An Garda Síochána. The number calling appears to be the phone number of a genuine Garda station. There are several stages to these scam calls: 1. The person receiving the call is subjected to a pre-recorded […]

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Changes to NCT Service


Introduction of On-Board Diagnostics (OBD), Testing New NCT Manual Escalation of Defects to Fail Dangerous where a combination of deficiencies is recorded From 21 June 2021, several changes to the National Car Test will come into effect. These changes will see Ireland be amongst the first EU Member States to commence the use of On-Board […]

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Higher and postgraduate education in Moscow’s National University of Science and Technology “MISIS”


In the very heart of Moscow lies one of the top technical Universities in the World. Having celebrated its 100th birthday in 2018, the National University of Science and Technology “MISIS” is the largest University in Moscow city. With Gorky Park beside it, MISIS is only a short hop to Red Square and St. Basils, […]

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Re-opening of in-person driver theory test centres


Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan TD and Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton TD have welcomed the gradual re-opening of in-person driver theory test centres after the 7th of June. The Road Safety Authority (RSA) will re-open its full network of 40 test centres with capacity being permitted at 25,000 driver theory tests per month. There […]

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Social Housing


Richie MacRitchie is an information officer with Welfare Appeals, who provide information and representation on social welfare, housing, employment and other issues.  They hold a weekly clinic with a Russian interpreter every Wednesday morning (currently by zoom).  For details, visit This week Richie will talk about Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) and some of the […]

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