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Data Protection Commissioner calls for transparency over Public Services Card
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Data Protection Commissioner calls for transparency over Public Services Card

Aug 30th 2017, 8:45 PM 28,388 Views 147 Comments

Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty earlier said the card will “give an improved, enhanced and effective service”.

Social welfare recipients to earn extra cash filling dairy farm worker shortage
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Social welfare recipients to earn extra cash filling dairy farm worker shortage

Aug 3rd 2017, 11:42 AM 30,922 Views 118 Comments

A new pilot programme will see recipients able to apply for four weeks of training as dairy operatives.

Social welfare issues made up almost half of queries to Citizens Information last year
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Social welfare issues made up almost half of queries to Citizens Information last year

Jul 13th 2017, 2:24 PM 8,016 Views 35 Comments

The impenetrability of Irish systems cause daily anguish to people, according to Sr Stanislaus Kennedy.

Poll: Do you think all social welfare fraudsters should be named and shamed?
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Poll: Do you think all social welfare fraudsters should be named and shamed?

Jul 6th 2017, 9:13 AM 31,248 Views 157 Comments

The names will be published on a quarterly basis on the Department of Social Protection’s website.

Change to Leo's campaign: Only those convicted of fraud over €5,000 to have names published
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Change to Leo's campaign: Only those convicted of fraud over €5,000 to have names published

Jul 5th 2017, 11:30 PM 20,939 Views 68 Comments

The names will be published on a quarterly basis on the Department of Social Protection’s website.

Woman who committed €31,000 worth of welfare fraud sentenced to community service
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Woman who committed €31,000 worth of welfare fraud sentenced to community service

Jun 30th 2017, 8:11 PM 29,646 Views 50 Comments

Patricia Sweeney had forged declaration of unemployment forms in order to carry out the fraud.

An extra 1,500 social welfare fraud cases have been reported since start of 'Cheats' campaign
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An extra 1,500 social welfare fraud cases have been reported since start of 'Cheats' campaign

Jun 24th 2017, 3:19 PM 18,992 Views 103 Comments

There have been 4,859 reports received by the department since 18 April, compared to 3,322 in the same period last year.

Limerick mayor hopeful under fire for comments on immigrants claiming social welfare
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Limerick mayor hopeful under fire for comments on immigrants claiming social welfare

Jun 16th 2017, 3:29 PM 21,878 Views 126 Comments

Councillor Stephen Keary made the comments at a recent council meeting.

Writers and artists will now find it a lot easier to get social welfare
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Writers and artists will now find it a lot easier to get social welfare

Jun 12th 2017, 2:00 PM 19,973 Views 57 Comments

The government initiative will allow artists access social welfare supports.

From poisoned chalice to top of the table, is Leo Varadkar now destined to be Taoiseach?
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From poisoned chalice to top of the table, is Leo Varadkar now destined to be Taoiseach?

Jun 2nd 2017, 9:10 PM 32,481 Views 100 Comments

The Social Protection Minister could succeed Enda Kenny as leader of Fine Gael … and the country.

Leo's department said there was only one identity fraud case this year but there's actually been 11
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Leo's department said there was only one identity fraud case this year but there's actually been 11

May 31st 2017, 2:35 PM 22,574 Views 62 Comments

Sinn Féin has called on the government to end this “dishonest welfare fraud campaign”.

Most people support Leo Varadkar's welfare fraud campaign - poll
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Most people support Leo Varadkar's welfare fraud campaign - poll

May 31st 2017, 6:01 AM 20,426 Views 72 Comments

Former social welfare inspector Bernadette Gorman called Varadkar’s latest policy a “solo run” and “hate campaign”.

An Post agent who cheated pensioners out of their welfare with 'cock and bull story' avoids jail
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An Post agent who cheated pensioners out of their welfare with 'cock and bull story' avoids jail

May 18th 2017, 6:10 AM 31,637 Views 35 Comments

Maureen Walsh had told welfare recipients that she didn’t have money at the time to pay them.

Government apologises for backlog in maternity benefit payments
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Government apologises for backlog in maternity benefit payments

May 10th 2017, 8:59 AM 10,632 Views 18 Comments

Leo Varadkar said online applications are processed ‘much quicker’ than paperwork.

Every three months, the government will publish the names and addresses of welfare fraudsters
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Every three months, the government will publish the names and addresses of welfare fraudsters

May 9th 2017, 4:23 PM 32,648 Views 138 Comments

The provision is included in the Social Welfare Bill 2017, which was published today.

Reports of suspected social welfare fraud double after launch of advertising campaign
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Reports of suspected social welfare fraud double after launch of advertising campaign

May 5th 2017, 6:05 AM 14,787 Views 81 Comments

Leo Varadkar’s department made €41 million in overpayments due to customer fraud in 2016.

Poll: Would you report a social welfare cheat?
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Poll: Would you report a social welfare cheat?

Apr 18th 2017, 7:05 AM 37,661 Views 127 Comments

Leo Varadkar is launching a new ad campaign to encourage members of the public to report social welfare fraudsters.

'Welfare cheats cheat us all': New campaign wants public to blow the whistle on welfare fraud
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'Welfare cheats cheat us all': New campaign wants public to blow the whistle on welfare fraud

Apr 18th 2017, 7:00 AM 30,828 Views 75 Comments

It’s estimated that last year suspected fraud overpayments of Jobseeker’s Allowance cost €14 million.

Thousands of families to lose out on money for childcare as Revenue can't give data to government
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Thousands of families to lose out on money for childcare as Revenue can't give data to government

Apr 12th 2017, 4:52 PM 28,945 Views 73 Comments

Revenue is not yet in a position to share information with the relevant department.

'Any young girl on social welfare like me would have done what I did'
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'Any young girl on social welfare like me would have done what I did'

Apr 4th 2017, 7:50 PM 72,700 Views 152 Comments

Single mother avoids jail after “massive spending spree” when bank accidentally deposited €51,000 into her account.

Investigation: What is Nama doing to help increase social housing supply?
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Investigation: What is Nama doing to help increase social housing supply?

Jan 30th 2017, 2:40 PM 15,892 Views 25 Comments

The ‘bad bank’ has identified almost 7,000 properties that are potentially suitable for social housing, with demand being confirmed for over 2,700.

Ireland's maternity benefit now helps migrants who want to travel home
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Ireland's maternity benefit now helps migrants who want to travel home

Jan 30th 2017, 2:06 PM 26,443 Views 32 Comments

Mothers who want to leave the EU to travel home can now continue to get maternity leave – which wasn’t the case before now.

'It's soul-destroying, like going for a job interview once a week and every time you don’t get it'
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'It's soul-destroying, like going for a job interview once a week and every time you don’t get it'

Jan 30th 2017, 12:15 AM 30,687 Views 29 Comments

Three people who recently moved into a former Nama-owned property explain what having their own home means to them.

Varadkar says lone parents can earn more under measure that kicks in today
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Varadkar says lone parents can earn more under measure that kicks in today

Jan 5th 2017, 4:54 PM 25,823 Views 61 Comments

Changes have been made to the One-Parent Family Payment and the Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment.

Jump in reports of people allegedly working and claiming social welfare
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Jump in reports of people allegedly working and claiming social welfare

Dec 22nd 2016, 4:51 PM 19,059 Views 60 Comments

The Department of Social Protection received over 20,000 reports of welfare fraud from members of the public up to the end of November.

Social welfare Christmas bonus for 1.2 million people to be paid this week
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Social welfare Christmas bonus for 1.2 million people to be paid this week

Nov 28th 2016, 8:30 AM 41,260 Views 150 Comments

This year’s bonus will be 85% of a welfare recipient’s weekly payment.

'Utterly appalling': Anger expressed at waiting times for carer's allowance claims
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'Utterly appalling': Anger expressed at waiting times for carer's allowance claims

Nov 13th 2016, 7:10 AM 10,180 Views 10 Comments

More than 4,000 people are waiting for their applications to be processed, with an average wait time of 14 weeks.

Waiting times for social welfare payments vary from one week to 40 weeks
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Waiting times for social welfare payments vary from one week to 40 weeks

Nov 1st 2016, 6:00 AM 44,150 Views 30 Comments

As of 30 September, the average waiting time to receive a carer’s allowance was about nine months.

Varadkar confirms details around this year's welfare Christmas bonus
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Varadkar confirms details around this year's welfare Christmas bonus

Oct 20th 2016, 9:49 PM 27,382 Views 73 Comments

Some 1.2 million people will receive the extra money.

'There are lots of jobs available': Leo defends lower jobseekers' payments to young people
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'There are lots of jobs available': Leo defends lower jobseekers' payments to young people

Oct 11th 2016, 8:35 PM 27,003 Views 83 Comments

Young jobseekers will get an increase of €2.70 to their payment per week next year.

FactCheck: Did the last government cut payments to lone parents?
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FactCheck: Did the last government cut payments to lone parents?

Sep 27th 2016, 7:07 PM 25,166 Views 77 Comments

FactCheck looks into a a controversial claim made by Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar on Morning Ireland yesterday.

Live Register: The number of people signing on has fallen below 300,000
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Live Register: The number of people signing on has fallen below 300,000

Sep 1st 2016, 12:32 PM 13,243 Views 70 Comments

The figures show that there are now 299,200 people officially signed on, compared with 340,700 from this time last year.

Poll: Should social welfare payments be linked to inflation?
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Poll: Should social welfare payments be linked to inflation?

Jul 24th 2016, 10:04 AM 24,113 Views 150 Comments

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar raised the possibility of welfare payments increasing with inflation last week.

Woman who fraudulently claimed €100,000 in sister's benefits caught out by her ringing phone
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Woman who fraudulently claimed €100,000 in sister's benefits caught out by her ringing phone

Jun 7th 2016, 8:00 PM 64,829 Views 0 Comments

The court heard that the Dublin pensioner had been collecting the social welfare for 20 years.

'Completely unacceptable': 21-week wait for carer's allowance claims to be processed
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'Completely unacceptable': 21-week wait for carer's allowance claims to be processed

May 22nd 2016, 8:30 AM 36,497 Views 36 Comments

The Department of Social Protection said processing times vary for different payments, depending on the qualification criteria.

Social welfare office workers suffer punches and have chairs thrown at them
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Social welfare office workers suffer punches and have chairs thrown at them

Apr 23rd 2016, 3:46 PM 27,009 Views 83 Comments

A union representing workers in Intreo offices said these employees need greater protection.

Joan's department recovered €83m in social welfare overpayments last year
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# Fraud And Error

Joan's department recovered €83m in social welfare overpayments last year

Apr 22nd 2016, 7:13 PM 21,142 Views 103 Comments

Nearly 360 fraud cases were submitted for prosecution in 2015.

'I never thought I would be unemployed aged 53. I feel I have to beg for social welfare'
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'I never thought I would be unemployed aged 53. I feel I have to beg for social welfare'

Mar 28th 2016, 8:00 AM 4,632 Views 111 Comments

An anonymous contributor writes about what it’s like to find yourself jobless with no money after working for over 33 years.

Fine Gael wants to increase the dole by €27*
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Fine Gael wants to increase the dole by €27*

Feb 16th 2016, 2:38 PM 26,738 Views 123 Comments

*But the payment will be scaled back the longer a person is out of work.

Landlord says barriers at social welfare building were not targeted at the homeless
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Landlord says barriers at social welfare building were not targeted at the homeless

Jan 28th 2016, 7:07 PM 24,418 Views 58 Comments

The management company said it installed the railings in response to anti-social behaviour.