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#Minister for Social Protection

# minister-for-social-protection - Wednesday 9 June, 2021

Number of people receiving PUP dips below 300,000 for the first time this year
# PUP
# PUP

Number of people receiving PUP dips below 300,000 for the first time this year

Jun 9th 2021, 12:09 PM 8,024 Views 5 Comments

This is the lowest number of people in receipt of the PUP since December.

# minister-for-social-protection - Monday 16 November, 2020

Over 350,000 people are on Pandemic Unemployment Payment, costing €103.8m
# Covid-19 PUP
# Covid-19 PUP

Over 350,000 people are on Pandemic Unemployment Payment, costing €103.8m

Nov 16th 2020, 7:40 PM 26,076 Views 12 Comments

Some 37,430 people receiving the Covid-19 PUP this week will see an increase in their rate of payment.

# minister-for-social-protection - Thursday 6 August, 2020

Back to school allowance trebled in response to Covid-19 pandemic
# Funding
# Funding

Back to school allowance trebled in response to Covid-19 pandemic

Aug 6th 2020, 5:40 PM 58,105 Views 56 Comments

The scheme has been extended to include families on the Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

# minister-for-social-protection - Tuesday 6 November, 2018

Illness Benefit payments back to normal levels, says minister
# Illness Benefit
# Illness Benefit

Illness Benefit payments back to normal levels, says minister

Nov 6th 2018, 6:34 PM 17,939 Views 34 Comments

People began to complain of delays in payments back in August.

# minister-for-social-protection - Saturday 20 August, 2016

Self-employed workers' rights were on the back burner for years, so why the change of heart now?
# Benefits
# Benefits

Self-employed workers' rights were on the back burner for years, so why the change of heart now?

Aug 20th 2016, 9:30 AM 18,725 Views 40 Comments

Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar wants to know what benefits self-employed workers want.

# minister-for-social-protection - Thursday 4 February, 2016

Man claims government department gave private investigator his personal information
# Courts
# Courts

Man claims government department gave private investigator his personal information

Feb 4th 2016, 6:28 PM 15,402 Views 0 Comments

David Lannon has alleged that the information was given to the investigator on behalf of Allied Irish Bank.

# minister-for-social-protection - Tuesday 19 January, 2016

'I have never made a personal attack on another politician, but I am furious'
# No Confidence
# No Confidence

'I have never made a personal attack on another politician, but I am furious'

Jan 19th 2016, 9:38 PM 26,728 Views 82 Comments

Independent TD John Halligan was first up this evening in the debate on the Tánaiste’s no confidence motion.

# minister-for-social-protection - Wednesday 28 January, 2015

Child benefit is 'staying as it is', regardless of what the IMF says
# Imf Warning
# Imf Warning

Child benefit is 'staying as it is', regardless of what the IMF says

Jan 28th 2015, 6:05 PM 17,231 Views 81 Comments

The Coalition is standing its ground.

# minister-for-social-protection - Monday 21 July, 2014

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

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

Jul 21st 2014, 7:15 AM 17,813 Views 25 Comments

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

# minister-for-social-protection - Tuesday 17 June, 2014

Revised bill would allow people to legally change their gender at age 16 or 17
# Age Limit
# Age Limit

Revised bill would allow people to legally change their gender at age 16 or 17

Jun 17th 2014, 10:35 PM 5,894 Views 126 Comments

However, a court order will be required, as well as certification from a doctor that the applicant is mature enough.

# minister-for-social-protection - Thursday 1 May, 2014

Gardaí investigate employees at Burton's department over €1.2m claims
# Fraud
# Fraud

Gardaí investigate employees at Burton's department over €1.2m claims

May 1st 2014, 7:10 PM 20,292 Views 59 Comments

It is alleged that the employees were making payments to a number of individuals that were “not appropriate”.

# minister-for-social-protection - Saturday 8 March, 2014

Jobseekers appeals taking over 25 weeks to process
# Waiting Time
# Waiting Time

Jobseekers appeals taking over 25 weeks to process

Mar 8th 2014, 7:30 AM 10,697 Views 23 Comments

The Social Welfare Appeals Office is currently dealing with 13,444 appeals.

# minister-for-social-protection - Saturday 21 December, 2013

Over 141,000 social welfare applications rejected in 2013
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Over 141,000 social welfare applications rejected in 2013

Dec 21st 2013, 7:45 AM 11,423 Views 30 Comments

Figures from the Department of Social Protection revealed more than 23,000 appeals were lodged in the first ten months of this year.

# minister-for-social-protection - Saturday 5 October, 2013

Protest planned against extension on JobBridge schemes
# JobBridge
# JobBridge

Protest planned against extension on JobBridge schemes

Oct 5th 2013, 7:30 AM 7,552 Views 46 Comments

Socialist MEP Paul Murphy of the ScamBridge.ie website says that it’s “patently ridiculous” that an internship should last for 18 months.

# minister-for-social-protection - Thursday 19 September, 2013

You can now do up to three - instead of two - JobBridge internships
# Interns
# Interns

You can now do up to three - instead of two - JobBridge internships

Sep 19th 2013, 8:00 AM 14,002 Views 103 Comments

So far the number of JobBridge internships has passed 20,000.

# minister-for-social-protection - Wednesday 3 April, 2013

Poll: Should young people be prioritised in job creation?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should young people be prioritised in job creation?

Apr 3rd 2013, 10:23 AM 8,953 Views 87 Comments

USI wants a ‘significant investment’ in youth job creation – but younger people are also less likely to have pressures like mortgages.

USI calls for greater investment in Youth Guarantee Scheme
# Youth Unemployment
# Youth Unemployment

USI calls for greater investment in Youth Guarantee Scheme

Apr 3rd 2013, 8:52 AM 3,265 Views 15 Comments

Latest figures have shown that 30.8 per cent of those under 25 years of age are now unemployed.

# minister-for-social-protection - Wednesday 27 March, 2013

Birth certs remain an issue for transgender Irish
# Transgender
# Transgender

Birth certs remain an issue for transgender Irish

Mar 27th 2013, 8:25 AM 6,217 Views 67 Comments

While Ireland will recogise amended birth certificates from other countries, “gender reassignment is not yet recognised” in the country.

# minister-for-social-protection - Saturday 23 February, 2013

Burton says hecklers gave Dundalk a 'bad image' following shopping centre protest
# Joan Burton
# Joan Burton

Burton says hecklers gave Dundalk a 'bad image' following shopping centre protest

Feb 23rd 2013, 4:18 PM 18,751 Views 299 Comments

The Minister for Social Protection was heckled as she attempted to deliver a speech in Dundalk , Co Louth yesterday.

# minister-for-social-protection - Wednesday 30 January, 2013

At least 60% of domiciliary care allowance applications refused
# Disability
# Disability

At least 60% of domiciliary care allowance applications refused

Jan 30th 2013, 11:13 AM 17,825 Views 25 Comments

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton said the department received 4,339 claims for domiciliary care allowance in 2012.

# minister-for-social-protection - Friday 18 January, 2013

Burton: 2,000 places added to CE scheme
# Ce Scheme
# Ce Scheme

Burton: 2,000 places added to CE scheme

Jan 18th 2013, 2:27 PM 7,321 Views 30 Comments

Minister Joan Burton made the announcement today about the scheme, saying that it was part of the efforts to help jobseekers become employment-ready.

# minister-for-social-protection - Saturday 8 December, 2012

Fine Gael politicians urge Burton to roll back on respite grant cut
# Carers
# Carers

Fine Gael politicians urge Burton to roll back on respite grant cut

Dec 8th 2012, 5:48 PM 7,764 Views 80 Comments

A Fine Gael TD and a Senator have both asked the Minister to reconsider the decision to cut the grant by over €300.

# minister-for-social-protection - Wednesday 5 December, 2012

Respite care grant cut by over €300 in budget
# Budget 2013
# Budget 2013

Respite care grant cut by over €300 in budget

Dec 5th 2012, 6:08 PM 11,035 Views 41 Comments

The reduction represents a 19 per cent cut in the payment which is used by carers to pay for home help and respite care.

# minister-for-social-protection - Monday 22 October, 2012

Over half of JobBridge finishers are in paid employment
# Jobs
# Jobs

Over half of JobBridge finishers are in paid employment

Oct 22nd 2012, 7:59 AM 7,137 Views 44 Comments

However a report also indicated one third of participants who finished placements early said they were dissatisfied with their internship.

# minister-for-social-protection - Wednesday 19 September, 2012

Column: Making employers pay for sick leave is simply not fair
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Making employers pay for sick leave is simply not fair

Sep 19th 2012, 9:30 PM 143 Views 62 Comments

Placing social welfare costs onto businesses is an additional burden on employers and will result in job losses writes Ian Martin.

# minister-for-social-protection - Thursday 6 September, 2012

The Evening Fix... now with added superheroes
# Need To Know
# Need To Know

The Evening Fix... now with added superheroes

Sep 6th 2012, 8:00 PM 6,516 Views 1 Comment

Things we learned, loved and shared today.

Burton 'very much values' free travel scheme
# Free Travel
# Free Travel

Burton 'very much values' free travel scheme

Sep 6th 2012, 11:16 AM 4,367 Views 22 Comments

Minister Joan Burton said some reports on the review of the free travel scheme were “a bit wildly speculative”.

# minister-for-social-protection - Sunday 1 July, 2012

# minister-for-social-protection - Wednesday 9 May, 2012

Additional 1,000 JobBridge places announced
# JobBridge
# JobBridge

Additional 1,000 JobBridge places announced

May 9th 2012, 6:15 AM 3,677 Views 58 Comments

Minister Joan Burton says scheme is also being extended to include people receiving One Parent Family payment and disability allowance.

# minister-for-social-protection - Monday 19 March, 2012

Burton: referendum will be held in early summer
# Euref
# Euref

Burton: referendum will be held in early summer

Mar 19th 2012, 12:15 PM 2,027 Views 60 Comments

The Government wants to avoid holding the vote during the Leaving Cert, Euro 2012 or the Eucharistic Congress.

# minister-for-social-protection - Tuesday 13 March, 2012

Joan Burton to visit New York today to tell America that Ireland is great
# USA! USA!
# USA! USA!

Joan Burton to visit New York today to tell America that Ireland is great

Mar 13th 2012, 7:00 AM 2,465 Views 38 Comments

The trip is the latest in a series of visits to America by senior Irish politicians recently in a bid to promote Ireland’s business and tourism.

# minister-for-social-protection - Friday 9 March, 2012

Joan Burton defends government action on fuel poverty
# Fuel Poverty
# Fuel Poverty

Joan Burton defends government action on fuel poverty

Mar 9th 2012, 7:00 AM 2,006 Views 14 Comments

Minister for Social Protection says households with high levels of fuel poverty will be prioritised this year.

# minister-for-social-protection - Thursday 23 February, 2012

Government unveils scheme to get unemployed back to work
# Pathways To Work
# Pathways To Work

Government unveils scheme to get unemployed back to work

Feb 23rd 2012, 3:48 PM 7,131 Views 84 Comments

Minister Joan Burton unveiled the ambitious plan today and promised that the Irish government will not repeat the mistakes of the 1980s.

# minister-for-social-protection - Sunday 22 January, 2012

No decision yet on selling ESB - Burton
# State Assets
# State Assets

No decision yet on selling ESB - Burton

Jan 22nd 2012, 12:18 PM 1,673 Views 27 Comments

But the Minister for Social Protection suggested the Government still hoped to raise €2billion by selling State assets.

# minister-for-social-protection - Sunday 2 October, 2011

€28,000 yearly welfare payments are not indicative of average families - Department
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

€28,000 yearly welfare payments are not indicative of average families - Department

Oct 2nd 2011, 3:27 PM 1,280 Views 42 Comments

Figures put together by the Department of Social Protection show reveal how much a family of six on social welfare could receive in a year.

# minister-for-social-protection - Wednesday 29 June, 2011

National internship scheme offers thousands of placements for unemployed
# Internship
# Internship

National internship scheme offers thousands of placements for unemployed

Jun 29th 2011, 9:37 AM 1,199 Views 13 Comments

Participants get a small weekly payment and can retain their social welfare entitlements.