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# Heather Humphreys

Last week
11th February 2024 - 17th February 2024
Plans to extend child benefit to over-18s still in education brought forward to May
Varadkar launches Fine Gael campaign calling for a double Yes vote in family and care referendums
Last month
January 2024
Social Protection Minister publishes Bill reforming child maintenance to benefit lone parents
Minister says grants to refurb vacant houses on Ireland's offshore islands should increase
'Landmark' reforms to child maintenance system to benefit over 16,000 single parents
'We're continuing as if it's business as usual': Dáil suspended briefly after TDs push for debate on Gaza
Bríd Smith warned by Ceann Comhairle for claiming 'Nazi supporters lies' have been repeated in Dáil
Cabinet told 500 refugees arriving from Ukraine per week, as social welfare rates set to reduce
Child support could be collected by Revenue or social welfare deductions under system overhaul
Last year
2023
Leitrim businesses affected by tornado to be offered low-cost loans
Double child benefit for around 650,000 families to be paid tomorrow
Humphreys announces details of three lump sum supports to be paid this week
Three lump sum payments announced in Budget 2024 to be paid this week
‘Significant’ increases to student grants expected in tomorrow’s Budget
Social Protection Minister confirms 'across-the-board' welfare increases planned for Budget
Government launches new scheme to give free bedtime story book to all children aged 4 and under
Government plans to extend child benefit to over-18s still in school as part of Budget
Auto-enrollment pension plan to be up and running in 2024, says minister
Heather Humphreys condemns anti-LGBTQ+ activists' intimidation of library staff
Double child benefit 'worked well' last year, says minister as repeat flagged for Budget 2024
All smiles as Minister visits Donegal island but dwellers want more than 'just a piece of paper'
The plan aims to get more people living, working and raising their families on offshore islands.
Although groups have strived to be welcoming about the measures some criticised "vague commitments".
Eoghan Dalton spoke to island representatives on Arranmore.
Transport Minister has had no engagement with toll companies despite Cabinet colleague claims
Minister sets out 'positive discrimination' policy to ringfence offshore island funding
Ministers visit Co Monaghan bog where search for remains of Columba McVeigh continues
Budget 2024 will include social welfare payment increases, says minister
Ireland's level of unemployment has reached its lowest point in more than 20 years
Govt prioritising getting pension auto-enrolment up and running, Humphreys says
€200 cost-of-living payment to be given to 1.3 million people this week
Government announces plans to extend hot meal programme to all primary schools by 2030
Dog owners who cannot control their pet should be treated as 'social pariahs', says McConalogue
Measures to allow social welfare recipients to earn up to €14k a year in rent being extended
Heather Humphreys tells department officials she's 'not going to settle for more of the same'
A long-awaited plan for the island communities was delivered to the Minister for Rural and Community Development before Christmas.
She now says officials need to 'revisit' the study - and that it won't be published until it 'contains credible actions' for the islands.
The island-specific policy document is the first of its kind since 1996 .
Unemployed who worked 5 years or more before losing job to get €450 per week under Govt plan
Minister indicates targeted and universal cost-of-living measures on the cards as talks intensify
Heather Humphreys accuses Sinn Féin of setting up 'kangaroo court' against Paschal Donohoe
Working group established around dog control and ownership after recent 'harrowing scenes'
All time
President Higgins signs off on Social Welfare Bill ensuring rise in weekly payments
Christmas bonus payment to be paid to over 1.3 million social welfare recipients next week
Helen McEntee begins maternity leave with Heather Humphreys taking over justice brief
Communities that take in Ukrainian refugees could get multimillion-euro funding