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# 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.

# dole - Thursday 18 April, 2013

Column: ‘I thought I did everything right – so why have I ended up here?’

Aoife O’Connor has gone to college, got good results, borrowed money to get more qualifications by doing a postgrad, but she still finds herself with no job. Here she asks why she can’t catch a break?

# dole - Thursday 4 April, 2013

Numbers on Live Register down by 2,200 in March

Unemployment stayed at 14.0 per cent last month with only a minor drop in the numbers signing on.

# dole - Friday 1 March, 2013

New figures on foreign nationals 'debunk migrant welfare myth'

The CSO report said that the decline in employment activity for foreign nationals has not resulted in a corresponding increase in social welfare activity.

# dole - Monday 18 February, 2013

Column: Unemployed people already feel they have no worth without being called ‘spongers’

The contemporary world values people in terms of what they do for a living, so what is that saying to the unemployed, asks Tom Boland.

# dole - Friday 11 January, 2013

Government to hire private companies to find work for long-term unemployed Exclusive

Leaked bailout documents reveal new Department of Social Protection plans to get longstanding jobseekers back to work.

# dole - Thursday 4 October, 2012

Department defends underspend as unemployment stays at 14.8 per cent

The Department of Jobs has said that its performance must relate to services delivered and not money spent as figures show it underspent by €85 million in the first three quarters of 2012.

# dole - Tuesday 28 August, 2012

Jobseekers have benefits cut for not accepting work or training offers

The Department of Social Protection recently introduced a measure to allow payments to be reduced by up to €44 a week for those refusing to take up job interviews, training, or employment offers.

# dole - Friday 24 August, 2012

Reform to self-employed PRSI contributions could be "too expensive"

Despite earlier promises that PRSI contributions for self-employed people would be reformed, the Department of Social Protection says it would have “significant financial implications”.

# dole - Monday 9 July, 2012

Column: Reasons for making childcare tax-deductible are solid...

…So why is the Department of Finance dragging its heels on figuring out that this policy would be cash-positive for the State, asks independent TD Stephen Donnelly.

# dole - Saturday 16 June, 2012

Just 10-20 per cent of people better off on dole, says ESRI

The economic think-tank has revised the findings from a controversial working paper which it pulled earlier this week.

# dole - Wednesday 13 June, 2012

Suggestions of government interference in ESRI paper withdrawal 'unfounded'

The Economic and Social Research Institute has issued another statement in relation to the controversial working paper which it withdrew yesterday.

# dole - Tuesday 12 June, 2012

ESRI paper which said many would be better off on dole withdrawn

In an unprecedented step, the widely cited thinktank has withdrawn a working paper which said that as many as 44 per cent of people with children would be better off on the dole than working.

Many would be better off on the dole rather than working, says ESRI

15 per cent of people without children and 44 per cent of people with children would be better off not working given the high costs involved.

# dole - Monday 28 May, 2012

Column: Our welfare system is broken. We can fix it… by paying everybody.

Paying rich and poor alike might sound counter-intuitive – but it could lay the foundation for a welfare system that works, writes Anne B Ryan.

# dole - Wednesday 2 May, 2012

Unemployment remains at 14.3 per cent, as 4,000 off the Live Register

The number of people on the Live Register fell by 4,000 last month, though unemployment remained at 14.3 per cent.

Eurozone unemployment reaches highest level in currency's history

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the eurozone was 10.9 per cent in March – up by 1pc in twelve months.

# dole - Thursday 1 March, 2012

Column: Here’s what it’s like to be one of the long-term unemployed

Losing friends and juggling bills as your confidence ebbs away – politicians don’t understand the reality of joblessness, writes Alan McMenamin.

# dole - Friday 24 February, 2012

Column: Lost your job? Here’s what you need to do…

Losing work leaves many people at a loss. Here John McGuire explains what to do when the news arrives – and why it may not be as bad as you think.

# dole - Thursday 23 February, 2012

Govt to launch plan to get people back to work

Sustainable employment is the aim of the Government’s new Pathways to Work programme.

# dole - Saturday 4 February, 2012

Government "working day and night" to get people off the dole: Enda Kenny

Speaking in Cork last night, the Taoiseach said the cabinet has launched “an internetional charm offensive” to improve the state’s reputation.

# dole - Thursday 2 February, 2012

'Magda' says Irish Independent story was 'completely not true'

The Polish woman at the centre of a controversial article which was mistranslated from a Polish newspaper has spoken out about her shock at the description of her life on the dole.

# dole - Tuesday 24 January, 2012

Should unemployed people be given a date to be off the dole? Poll This post contains a poll

Should unemployed people be given a date to be off the dole?

Minister Joan Burton will be introducing a ‘prediction of exit’ date for people on the Live Register, by which they must have found employment, reports say today. Do you think this is a good idea?

# dole - Monday 21 November, 2011

The 9 at 9: Monday

Nine things to know by 9am: Reports that dole could be cut, Mayo Garda station in firebomb attack, Robbie helps Galaxy to MLS glory, and the anniversary we’d rather forget

# dole - Thursday 13 October, 2011

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Nine things to know this morning…

# dole - Thursday 4 August, 2011

Latest figures show unemployment rose in July

The number of long-term unemployed on the Live Register now stands at 40.4 per cent.

# dole - Friday 29 July, 2011

Judge: Dole recipients should get food vouchers instead

Replacing payments with vouchers would prevent people on benefits spending them on “alcohol and drugs”, said the judge.

# dole - Monday 18 July, 2011

Take 5: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock

New rules mean 55 people have dole cut with more to come

Joan Burton wants to target those for whom welfare is a “lifestyle choice”.

# dole - Wednesday 1 June, 2011

Unemployment rate increased in May, reaching 14.8 per cent

Figures from the Central Statistics Office show that the numbers signing on jumped by 2,600 in the month of May.

# dole - Thursday 26 May, 2011

Ireland's economy to stagnate in 2011: OECD

The think tank has encouraged a cut in dole payments to the long-term unemployed, but says house prices will stop falling in 2012 and supports the Irish decision not to raise the corporate tax rate.

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: OECD calls for dole to be cut; Sellafield to be stress-tested by the EU; and why Cheryl Cole was dropped from the US X Factor.

# dole - Thursday 5 May, 2011

Unemployment down slightly as Live Register is unchanged

Ireland’s rate of unemployment now stands at 14.6 per cent, down 0.1 from last month, with 439,200 signing on.

# dole - Sunday 24 April, 2011

Poll: Is it right to cut benefits for those who refuse work or training? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Is it right to cut benefits for those who refuse work or training?

Joan Burton has proposed that dole claimants have their payments docked if they refuse training or offers of work but is it right to do this?

Dole claimants who refuse offers of work will have payments cut

The minister for social protection Joan Burton has said that she wants to get people back to work and off the cash-in-hand black market.

# dole - Wednesday 30 March, 2011

Unemployment stays at 14.7 per cent as live register rises

1,100 more people were signing on March, up by almost 11,000 on the same time last year but down on September’s peak.

# dole - Tuesday 30 November, 2010

Unemployed to work for free under new scheme

Unemployed teachers and non-teachers could work for up to nine months for their dole payments under a new scheme.

Poll: Should schools be allowed to hire the unemployed to work for free? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should schools be allowed to hire the unemployed to work for free?

Under a new scheme, schools will be able to hire unemployed teachers, graduates and non-graduates to work for free. So is it a great opportunity for them to build their cv, or exploitation?