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Dept to set up new Pandemic Unemployment Payment for staff affected by Covid-19


As part of the Government’s response to the national emergency that is the COVID-19 outbreak, the Government is asking employers, if at all possible, to continue to pay workers during this period – at least at the jobseeker rate of €203 per week. Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty emphasised: “Where employers, […]

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Self-employed to benefit from the dole for the first time from November


Self-employed workers will be able to benefit from a welfare payment of €203 a week should they find themselves out of work from November. It will be the first time that the self-employed have been granted access to jobseeker’s benefit, and it will be paid at the same rate as those who are employed and […]

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What is the Working Family Payment and how do I qualify?


For many working parents, covering the everyday costs of family life can be a stretch. And many may not be aware of the supports that are available for them. The Government’s Working Family Payment (WFP) is a weekly, tax-free payment available to employees with children and gives extra financial support to people on low to […]

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Self-employed people to become eligible for jobseeker’s payment under new initiative


Self-employed people will become eligible to claim a jobseeker’s welfare payment from November, based on their social insurance contributions. The Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, has said the initiative will provide an income safety net to thousands of small and medium businesses throughout the country. However, the Irish Congress of Trade […]

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Irish parents to be given full year off to look after newborns


Irish parents will be able to take an entire year off to look after their newborn in light of plans to extend parental benefit, it has been reported. Both parents will receive seven weeks of paid leave each by 2021. This combined with existing maternity and paternity entitlements and normal annual leave will give couples […]

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Budget to bring in extra paid leave for new mums and dads


Mothers and fathers to each get two extra weeks to spend with family in first year after baby’s birth New mothers and fathers will each get two extra weeks off work to spend with their baby as part of reforms in Budget 2019. The extra parental leave, which will be paid for the first time, […]

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Facial imaging software has been used to detect €4 million worth of identity fraud


FACIAL IMAGING SOFTWARE deployed by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection has recorded 28 cases of identity fraud to date in 2018. According to the department, the cost of operating the facial imaging software system “is self-financing” as the value of fraudulent activity detected since its application is in excess of €4 million. […]

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Man cleared of unlawfully obtaining €29,000 in social welfare payments


A 44-year-old man has been cleared of unlawfully obtaining €29,000 in social welfare payments while he “tried to make something of himself” and helped run a car exports firm. Boniface Nshekoh, 44, originally from Cameroon, with an address at Lansdowne Valley Park, Drimnagh, Dublin, pleaded not guilty to charges under the Social Welfare Consolidation Act. […]

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€1K 'Granny Grant' proposed for grandparents who help with childcare


Grandparents who help out with childcare would receive a €1,000 annual payment under plans outlined by Independent ministers in Budget negotiations. The self-assessed payment would be available to all grandparents who care for their grandchildren for more than 10 hours per week. In their first negotiations with Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe ahead of the Budget, […]

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What happens in Vegas stays in Ireland


A Dublin mother-of-four, who claimed she did not know her Las Vegas marriage was valid in Ireland, has been cleared of unlawfully obtaining almost €30,000 in one parent family social welfare payments. At Dublin District Court, Judge John Brennan had compared the case to the 2009 comedy film ‘The Hangover’, about the antics of a […]

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