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Know your rights: Freedom of Information

Question I believe you no longer have to pay fees when you make a Freedom of Information request. Are there any other changes? Answer A number of changes have been introduced to the Freedom of Information (FOI) scheme by the Freedom of Information Act 201 ...

It’s flu season

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Know your rights: Preparing for retirement

Question I will be retiring from work in 2015 when I reach 65. What do I need to know about pensions and other benefits in retirement? Answer When you retire at age 65 you can claim Jobseeker’s Benefit, which is based on your Pay Related Social Insurance ...

Thinking of starting a business?

The  Start Your Own Business scheme provides a two-year exemption from income tax (up to a maximum of €40,000 per year) for people who have been unemployed for at least 12 months before starting their own business. You must have been getting a qualifying ...

Know your rights: Part-time work and PRSI

Question Next week I start working part-time on a schedule that involves working one week on followed by one week off. I have been told that this could cause problems with social insurance records because of when the tax year starts. Can you explain why t ...

It’s World Cancer Day

You are more likely to survive cancer if you spot it at an early stage. The Irish Cancer Society suggests that you take time to check your body for changes that could be cancer. Talk to your doctor if you notice anything unusual for you. Visit the Irish C ...

JobsPlus Youth

JobsPlus is a employer incentive which encourages and rewards employers who employ jobseekers on the Live Register. It is designed to encourage employers and businesses to employ people who have been out of work for long periods. ...

Know your rights: Renewing your passport

Question I have just noticed that my passport is out of date and I am going on a skiing holiday in 2 weeks. Will I be able to renew my passport in time before I travel? ...

#LetsSayNo challenge to reduce childhood obesity

Safefood’s childhood obesity campaign gives parents support and tips to make new food rules, help children to try new foods and deal with pester power. Visit safefood.ie to find out about healthy habits and how to say no. ...

Need help to quit smoking?

If you would like to quit smoking in 2015 the HSE has a new QUIT personal support service to help you – providing a team of trained advisors, interactive digital tools, empathy and support. The service is free. Quitters are offered a 20 minute phone consu ...

Know your rights: Back to Work Family Dividend // An Díbhinn Teaghlaigh um Fhilleadh ar Obair

Question I am unemployed, married with three children and getting Jobseeker’s Allowance. I would like to get back to work. I have heard there is a new payment to help with this situation. Answer ...

What do weather warnings mean?

Weather warnings are presented in three categories: STATUS YELLOW – Weather Alert – Be Aware YELLOW level weather alerts notify those who are at risk because of their location and/or activity, and allow them to take preventative action. YELLOW level weath ...

Know your rights: Rent-a-room relief

Question I heard that I can get a tax exemption if I rent out a room in my home. How does this work? Answer (March 2015) ...

Know your rights: Changes to the One-Parent Family Payment

Question I’m getting a One-Parent Family Payment. I know that the age limits for the payment will be changing in July. What’s happening and how will it affect me? Answer (March 2015) ...

Are you getting Rent Supplement and worried about losing your home?

If you are getting Rent Supplement from the Department of Social Protection and you are at risk of losing your home due to a proposed rent increase, there is support available. You should contact your local office that administers the Supplementary Welfar ...

Know your rights: Medical card holders and prescription charges

Question I am a medical card holder. I have just realised that I am paying more than the monthly cap of €25 for our family’s prescriptions. Why did this happen and can I get a refund? Answer (March 2015) ...

Easter arrangements for social welfare payments

Read about office closures and payment arrangements from the Department of Social Protection. ...

Watergrant.ie provides information on the Water Conservation Grant

Watergrant.ie is a new website from the Department of Social Protection and the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. It provides information on the Water Conservation Grant (€100), which will be payable to households that have re ...

Know your rights: Jobseeker’s Allowance transitional arrangement

Question I’ve been getting a One-Parent Family Payment but I will no longer qualify when my youngest child turns seven. What is the Jobseeker’s Allowance transitional arrangement and how do I qualify Answer (April 2015) ...

The July Programme

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