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There has been another drop in the number of people on the live register
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There has been another drop in the number of people on the live register

Jan 7th 2016, 1:24 PM 14,470 Views 112 Comments

The number of people signing on in December was 34,496 fewer than in the same month in 2014.

David Norris says people on social welfare shouldn't be allowed to buy drink
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# Slabs Of Drink

David Norris says people on social welfare shouldn't be allowed to buy drink

Dec 11th 2015, 11:53 AM 40,907 Views 309 Comments

The independent senator said alcohol had now become “a human right” in Ireland.

How we could abolish all welfare and introduce a basic income for everyone
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How we could abolish all welfare and introduce a basic income for everyone

Dec 5th 2015, 6:00 PM 648 Views 94 Comments

A basic income is a regular payment from the state, granted to all on an individual basis, without means test or work requirement. Here’s how it could be implemented in Ireland.

Six family members kicked off bus lose defamation claim
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Six family members kicked off bus lose defamation claim

Dec 1st 2015, 8:42 AM 38,153 Views 42 Comments

The court heard Jennifer Dardis had previous convictions for theft and having had possession of “some sort of weapon”.

Under 26 and on the dole? Labour has some good news for you - sort of
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Under 26 and on the dole? Labour has some good news for you - sort of

Nov 23rd 2015, 6:00 PM 34,544 Views 76 Comments

Young adults are currently paid a lower rate of jobseeker’s allowance.

Joan denies an unemployed man was told to apply for 200-300 jobs a week
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Joan denies an unemployed man was told to apply for 200-300 jobs a week

Nov 23rd 2015, 6:10 AM 21,634 Views 70 Comments

The Tánaiste said it was deemed that the man was ‘not genuinely seeking work’.

Willie O'Dea told us about his radical plan to abolish all social welfare
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Willie O'Dea told us about his radical plan to abolish all social welfare

Nov 18th 2015, 8:30 PM 27,124 Views 66 Comments

The Fianna Fáil TD has proposed that a basic income replace all current state supports.

What if we abolished welfare and gave everyone a basic income?
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# Radical Idea

What if we abolished welfare and gave everyone a basic income?

Oct 28th 2015, 5:23 PM 42,615 Views 150 Comments

Fianna Fáil wants to examine the idea if it’s in government after the next election.

Educated, broke and fed up: how Ireland's unemployed are struggling to get by
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# Looking For Work

Educated, broke and fed up: how Ireland's unemployed are struggling to get by

Oct 18th 2015, 9:30 PM 37,016 Views 88 Comments

Unemployment rates may be dropping, but significant barriers still exist for those seeking work in Ireland.

People without jobs will get a €141 Christmas bonus
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People without jobs will get a €141 Christmas bonus

Oct 13th 2015, 3:39 PM 43,132 Views 147 Comments

There will also be increases to the respite care grant and child benefit.

People on the dole to see 50% increase in their Christmas bonus this year
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People on the dole to see 50% increase in their Christmas bonus this year

Sep 14th 2015, 9:31 AM 40,127 Views 138 Comments

The bonus is paid to long-term welfare claimants such as jobseekers, pensioners, carers, lone-parents and those with a disability.

French woman gets €200/week disability allowance for controversial 'gadget allergy'
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# Benefits Of The Doubt

French woman gets €200/week disability allowance for controversial 'gadget allergy'

Aug 26th 2015, 8:16 PM 21,308 Views 15 Comments

Marine Richard has a condition known as Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity.

Poll: Do you think gardaí should be used to interview social welfare claimants?
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# Your Say

Poll: Do you think gardaí should be used to interview social welfare claimants?

Aug 21st 2015, 8:12 AM 24,952 Views 188 Comments

One woman said it made her feel “like a criminal”.

Gardaí are being used to interview social welfare claimants
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# Dole

Gardaí are being used to interview social welfare claimants

Aug 21st 2015, 6:02 AM 48,814 Views 144 Comments

The move has been described as an “absolute disgrace” by one politician.

Overpaid in social welfare payments? The government will seek you out
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Overpaid in social welfare payments? The government will seek you out

Jul 21st 2015, 9:38 AM 32,764 Views 29 Comments

Guides have been launched to help people understand their rights when the department comes knocking for their money back.

Partner of murdered man asked to produce news clipping to prove his death
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Partner of murdered man asked to produce news clipping to prove his death

Jul 16th 2015, 6:02 PM 19,680 Views 37 Comments

Catherine Danaher was told she would need a a death certificate, memorial card, or newspaper clipping to prove her partner’s passing.

Romanian national falsely claimed social welfare 463 times
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Romanian national falsely claimed social welfare 463 times

Jul 15th 2015, 5:09 PM 26,615 Views 54 Comments

The 32-year-old stole at least €85,000 from the State, and has been jailed for three years.

Social welfare fraudster caught by facial recognition software is jailed
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Social welfare fraudster caught by facial recognition software is jailed

Jul 8th 2015, 7:30 PM 24,297 Views 49 Comments

The man has led a ‘sad life’ the court heard.

Fine Gael TD hits out at people 'stacking up their trolleys with drink'
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# No Need For It

Fine Gael TD hits out at people 'stacking up their trolleys with drink'

Jul 3rd 2015, 4:24 PM 43,289 Views 259 Comments

Catherine Byrne said people in society have a responsibility to pay their way.

Mary Lou and Joan just had ANOTHER showdown in the Dáil
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# Lone Parents

Mary Lou and Joan just had ANOTHER showdown in the Dáil

Jun 30th 2015, 8:39 PM 26,142 Views 89 Comments

McDonald accused Burton of being “anti-women”, who in turn said Sinn Féin has no serious policies.

Mary Lou says Joan Burton is 'giving two fingers' to the public
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# Flipping The Bird

Mary Lou says Joan Burton is 'giving two fingers' to the public

Jun 25th 2015, 1:20 PM 19,974 Views 83 Comments

The Tánaiste’s own comments came back to haunt her today.

Joan slams social welfare fraudsters for 'giving two fingers to their neighbours'
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# Parliamentary Language

Joan slams social welfare fraudsters for 'giving two fingers to their neighbours'

Jun 24th 2015, 8:30 PM 25,635 Views 138 Comments

Tens of millions of euro are overpaid each year.

€96m could have been overspent in dole payments
# Social Welfare Fraud
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# Social Welfare Fraud

€96m could have been overspent in dole payments

May 28th 2015, 1:19 PM 22,104 Views 84 Comments

Also, 62 cases of people “claiming multiple identities” cost taxpayers a LOT of money.

Young man takes on social welfare for 'age discrimination' over reduced dole
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# Unemployed Help

Young man takes on social welfare for 'age discrimination' over reduced dole

Apr 24th 2015, 6:05 AM 71,936 Views 167 Comments

By-election candidate Adrienne Wallace says there would be outrage if ‘women or black people had to accept a lower rate’.

TDs experience what it's like to struggle to make ends meet on social welfare
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# Willie O'dole

TDs experience what it's like to struggle to make ends meet on social welfare

Apr 17th 2015, 12:25 PM 27,729 Views 153 Comments

Willie O’Dea is one of four TDs taking part in TV3’s ‘Dáil on the Dole’ series.

Disappointment at "unusual" news that rent supplement limits won't be increased
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# No Change

Disappointment at "unusual" news that rent supplement limits won't be increased

Mar 27th 2015, 8:20 PM 12,756 Views 61 Comments

The Department of Social Protection said that increasing them could lead to rental inflation.

'Opening a business is risky. It's time self-employed people had a safety net'
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# RISKY BUSINESS

'Opening a business is risky. It's time self-employed people had a safety net'

Feb 7th 2015, 10:15 AM 11,379 Views 28 Comments

The Small Firms Association wants self-employed people to be allowed make voluntary contributions to PRSI.

Opinion: I never knew how easy it was to become homeless in Ireland until now
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# Angry At The System

Opinion: I never knew how easy it was to become homeless in Ireland until now

Feb 2nd 2015, 8:00 AM 1,008 Views 86 Comments

I never thought, in my wildest dreams, that a mere three weeks could change my life so drastically.

Some Leaving Cert students don't get Child Benefit - because of their age
# Kids And Money
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# Kids And Money

Some Leaving Cert students don't get Child Benefit - because of their age

Jan 29th 2015, 6:30 AM 46,481 Views 50 Comments

This Senator thinks that should change.

People from which country got the most PPS numbers in Ireland last year?
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People from which country got the most PPS numbers in Ireland last year?

Jan 27th 2015, 4:00 PM 25,821 Views 48 Comments

That doesn’t include Ireland, of course.

JobBridge interns used to teach jobseeker classes
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# Jobs Club

JobBridge interns used to teach jobseeker classes

Jan 18th 2015, 6:28 PM 18,884 Views 44 Comments

An internal audit flagged that the practice was taking place at Jobs Club classes.

'Dear Joan: Today, I sat in a dole office and cried to a complete stranger through a glass partition'
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'Dear Joan: Today, I sat in a dole office and cried to a complete stranger through a glass partition'

Jan 9th 2015, 8:00 PM 36,193 Views 400 Comments

An open letter to the Minister for Social Protection: “I left that office embarrassed, angry, degraded, and a shadow of the educated, confident woman I am meant to be.”

There will be no Welfare Wednesday drinks tonight
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There will be no Welfare Wednesday drinks tonight

Jan 7th 2015, 10:00 PM 25,791 Views 42 Comments

Owner Gary Payne apologised for using the word ‘welfare’ in the promotion.

Appealing a social welfare decision? Sit tight, it'll be a while
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# Hang In There

Appealing a social welfare decision? Sit tight, it'll be a while

Dec 22nd 2014, 7:15 AM 13,563 Views 10 Comments

The average waiting time for a summary decision is seven months.

Gardaí on hunt to find dole cheats
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Gardaí on hunt to find dole cheats

Dec 9th 2014, 1:56 PM 23,705 Views 78 Comments

20 gardaí will begin investigating social welfare fraud across the country.

Tayto crisps, Mary Lou McDonald, and U2: The week in numbers
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# Prime Numbers

Tayto crisps, Mary Lou McDonald, and U2: The week in numbers

Dec 6th 2014, 7:30 PM 13,140 Views 4 Comments

Plus: How many homeowners are more than two years behind with their mortgage repayments?

Joan Burton wants to increase the Christmas Bonus again next year
# Cash Money
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# Cash Money

Joan Burton wants to increase the Christmas Bonus again next year

Dec 3rd 2014, 4:29 PM 16,708 Views 185 Comments

The Tánaiste is in a giving mood and says the partial restoration of the bonus this year is “a start”.

'If there were no carers, the cost to the government would bring the system down'
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'If there were no carers, the cost to the government would bring the system down'

Nov 26th 2014, 7:15 AM 6,337 Views 16 Comments

Carers are calling for the respite care grant to be reinstated in 2015.

Government funds to pay for funerals halved since 2011
# Exceptional Needs Payments
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# Exceptional Needs Payments

Government funds to pay for funerals halved since 2011

Nov 25th 2014, 6:45 AM 7,100 Views 16 Comments

A review of the guidelines for Exceptional Needs Payments was carried out in 2012.

Woman awarded €5,000 for not being allowed to do JobBridge internship
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# Single Parent

Woman awarded €5,000 for not being allowed to do JobBridge internship

Nov 17th 2014, 2:45 PM 20,875 Views 25 Comments

She was excluded from joining the scheme because she was in receipt of a one-parent family benefit.