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Know Your Rights: Telephone allowance discontinued // Deireadh curtha leis an liúntas teileafóin

Question I am a pensioner living alone. I used to get an allowance towards my telephone bill  but this has stopped. Will my free TV licence be gone as well? Answer No, although the Telephone Allowance has ended since 1 January 2014, there have been no cha ...

Benefit of Work Ready Reckoner

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Changes to grants for older people

The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government has issued details of the changes to housing adaptation grants for older people. These include the Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability, the Housing Aid for Older Persons s ...

Online Citizens’ Dialogue – the future of the European Union

On 16 January 2014 the European Commission is asking European citizens directly for their views on the future of the European Union. Viviane Reding, the Vice-President for Justice and Citizenship, is hosting a Google hangout on 16 January at 20:00 (Centra ...

Know Your Rights: Older jobseekers and signing on // Cuardaitheoirí poist níos sine agus síniú le haghaidh íocaíochtaí

Question I have to retire next summer when I reach the age of 65 but I have heard I won’t get a State pension until I am 66. Is there another social welfare payment that I can get until then? Answer ...

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week starts today

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Caranua – supporting survivors of institutional abuse

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Social welfare rates of payment – SW19

The Department of Social Protection’s SW19 booklet lists the rates for social welfare payments in 2014 – including payments for children, jobseekers, older people and people with disabilities. It also contains the percentage rates of PRSI (Pay-Related Soc ...

Find out about schemes to support employment…

If you are unemployed there are many employment schemes and other supports to help you to return to work. Some schemes provide employment opportunities which benefit the local community, others offer internships with employers and there are schemes to sup ...

Thinking of starting a business?

The new  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 qualify ...

Find out about the new Child and Family Agency – Tusla

The Child and Family Agency (Tusla) was established on 1 January 2014 and officially launched on 30 January 2014. It is  the dedicated State agency responsible for improving wellbeing and outcomes for children.The Child and Family Agency will bring togeth ...

Today is World Cancer Day

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Are you affected by flooding?

If you have been flooded you may be able to get financial help from the Department of Social Protection’s Humanitarian Assistance Scheme. This means-tested scheme provides emergency financial assistance to households who are not able to meet costs for ess ...

Know Your Rights: Ferry passengers’ rights // Cearta paisinéirí ar bháid farantóireachta

Question I recently travelled to Britain by passenger ferry, however, we arrived 3 hours late. Am I entitled to compensation? Answer You may be entitled to compensation, depending on the circumstances. Under EU legislation you have rights similar to those ...

Have you been flooded? Where to access information and support

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Information on what to do if your water supply has been disrupted

Many people around the country are experiencing disruption of water supply or contamination of wells. In many places boil water notices have been issued. A boil water notice means that water must be boiled for: ...

Flu advice from the HSE

Flu is a very serious illness. The HSE has warned that the number of reported cases of influenza-like illness in Ireland has increased in the last week. The HSE recommends that at-risk groups should get vaccinated. The vaccine is available free of charge ...

Employer Intreo briefings

The Department of Social Protection is holding a series of employer briefings which will give information on the range of employment and financial supports available to employers. These include: JobsIreland JobsPlus JobBridge EURES And employer supports a ...

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 ...

Child Rescue Ireland (CRI) app

Child Rescue Ireland Alert (CRI Alert) is a system that enables An Garda Síochána to alert the public to a child abduction. A CRI Alert is only issued when it is believed that there is an immediate and serious risk to the health or welfare of a child.  Th ...

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