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# dole - Monday 7 August, 2017

'Losing my job was hard, but making people redundant was worse'

As part of Fora’s How My Business Works series, it profiles Sonas Bathrooms.

# dole - Wednesday 5 October, 2016

Ireland has the highest rate of young people receiving benefits across 35 countries

A recent report compared and measured the experience of youth across OECD member states.

# dole - Monday 25 July, 2016

Varadkar plans to raise dole payments depending on how long you've worked

The INOU has welcomed the plan, which the Department of Social Protection told is under consideration.

# dole - Tuesday 16 February, 2016

Fine Gael wants to increase the dole by €27*

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

# dole - Sunday 14 February, 2016

'I'm angry, depressed and very, very broke. This is my life on zero hours'

It’s election-time and all I have to my name is my vote, writes an anonymous contributor.

# dole - Thursday 7 January, 2016

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

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

# dole - Monday 23 November, 2015

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

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

# dole - Sunday 1 November, 2015

What is life really like on the dole?

A new RTÉ show aims to find out.

# dole - Monday 14 September, 2015

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

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

# dole - Tuesday 25 August, 2015

From The Daily Edge These Drogheda lads’ song about being on the dole is your unlikely summer jam Buskers

These Drogheda lads’ song about being on the dole is your unlikely summer jam


# dole - Friday 21 August, 2015

Gardaí are being used to interview social welfare claimants

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

# dole - Wednesday 8 July, 2015

Social welfare fraudster caught by facial recognition software is jailed

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

# dole - Wednesday 24 June, 2015

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

Tens of millions of euro are overpaid each year.

# dole - Tuesday 26 May, 2015

Talk to Joan: 400 calls about dole and welfare fraud EVERY WEEK

Over 4,000 case investigations were carried out by the Department’s Special Investigation Unit.

# dole - Sunday 10 May, 2015

Water charges will be taken from wages after people are given "every opportunity" - Minister

Minister of State Gerald Nash said the government discussed the proposals this week.

# dole - Friday 24 April, 2015

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

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

# dole - Thursday 26 March, 2015

Could the self-employed be about to get equality on social welfare?

The next budget is gearing up to be pretty generous one. It’s the latest in the pre-election extravaganza…

# dole - Friday 7 November, 2014

Signing off for Christmas work? Your dole will be restored 'immediately' afterwards

Minister Kevin Humphreys is reminding those on Jobseekers payments that seasonal work of up to eight weeks can be taken.

# dole - Saturday 9 August, 2014

Life on the dole - a dark and humorous diary

Tobias Kirkner arrived back to Ireland and thought it would be easy to ‘get on the dole’… he was wrong.

# dole - Monday 21 July, 2014

Over €200m worth of unclaimed social welfare payments in past three years DSP

Over €200m worth of unclaimed social welfare payments in past three years

No, you can’t have them. There were all returned to the Department.

# dole - Thursday 17 July, 2014

'No evidence' that disproportionately high number of migrants receive social welfare

A new study has found that the number in receipt of these payments are just a little or below the number in the work force.

# dole - Wednesday 2 July, 2014

Almost 3,000 extra young people were signing on last month

Overall, the number of people on the Live Register decreased by 4,400 in June.

# dole - Saturday 28 June, 2014

A TD used a Dáil question to ask if a water meter protester would have their dole cut

Terence Flanagan used a case involving one of his own constituents to ask if the Department of Social Protection cuts the dole of anti-government protestors.

# dole - Sunday 22 June, 2014

Opinion: Yes, I’m unemployed but that doesn’t make me lazy or incompetent

Somebody told me the other day, quite abruptly, that ‘there are plenty of jobs out there’. Well, I beg to differ.

# dole - Wednesday 11 June, 2014

In cases where work pays less than the dole … 7 out of 10 people choose work

Think tank the ESRI has found that for those who, on a “snapshot” basis, would be “better off on the dole” tend to choose employment instead.

# dole - Thursday 5 June, 2014

Live Register: Far more men than women are dropping their claims

There was a 1,600 decrease in the Live Register figures, once seasonally adjusted.

# dole - Sunday 4 May, 2014

Government unsure if paying social welfare electronically will save money

This is due to the scale of anti-fraud measures that must be developed.

# dole - Wednesday 30 April, 2014

Taoiseach warns of risk of ‘welfare dependency’ despite falling unemployment

An Taoiseach made the comments as Live Register declined for the 22nd consecutive month.

Unemployment rate falls again to 11.7 per cent

It represents the 22nd month in a row that the number of claimants on the Live Register has fallen.

# dole - Tuesday 11 March, 2014

Bruton on Gateway: 'Calling councils slave sweat shops is a total insult'

Sinn Féin’s Aengus Ó Snodaigh said the Gateway scheme is there to provide chronically underfunded local authorities with cheap general dogsbodies.

# dole - Wednesday 5 February, 2014

Another drop in Live Register numbers, unemployment at 12.3 per cent

Some good news for the Government this morning.

# dole - Monday 27 January, 2014

James Reilly backs protest against turning his local library into a dole office

Officials from the OPW and Social Protection Department are now to look for an alternative solution.

# dole - Monday 28 October, 2013

Irish man considers joining British army to pull family out of poverty Exclusive

The 25-year-old father of two said he was told he would be expected to spend six months in Afghanistan if he enlisted.

# dole - Monday 21 October, 2013

The 5 at 5: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

# dole - Tuesday 15 October, 2013

Column: Cutting unemployment benefit to the under-26s is unjust and unacceptable

The plan is a further step towards the political disillusionment of young people, a drastic slash in living standards, and an even more polarised society, write Dan O’Neill and Fiona Dunkin.

# dole - Monday 14 October, 2013

Poll: Should dole payments for those under 26 be reduced? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should dole payments for those under 26 be reduced?

The Government’s expected to change the terms of dole payments for young people in tomorrow’s Budget. But is it a good idea?

# dole - Wednesday 31 July, 2013

Live Register falls by 3,200 in July

The number of people signing on for a year or more has decreased slightly, -1.3 per cent on July 2012.

# dole - Friday 19 July, 2013

Bruton: Welcomes Action Plan for Jobs progress but people are still struggling

Figures show that the unemployment rate has dropped below 14 per cent for the first time since 2010.

# dole - Thursday 6 June, 2013

Half the population benefitted from weekly social welfare payments in 2012

The department answered 8.4 million calls, allocated 154,000 PPS numbers and processed two million applications.

Same number of women but 700 fewer men sign on in May

The CSO figures show there were 421,737 people signing on the Live Register in May – an annual decrease of -2.6 per cent.

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