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#Regina Doherty

# regina-doherty - Yesterday’s News

'If something happens to me, my wife would have no rights to her own daughter': Families criticise government for law delay

Under the current system labels of ‘Mother’ and ‘Father’ exist on birth certificates.

# regina-doherty - Friday 11 January, 2019

Same-sex couples will be able to use ‘parent’ on birth certificates under new law

The changes will resolve a number of difficulties in the registration of donor assisted births.

# regina-doherty - Wednesday 12 December, 2018

New laws banning zero hour contracts 'in most circumstances' to be in place in March

The minister described it as one of the most significant changes ‘in a generation’.

# regina-doherty - Friday 2 November, 2018

'We haven't crowned ourselves in glory': Apology to 5,000 people still waiting on Illness Benefit

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

# regina-doherty - Thursday 18 October, 2018

'Disgraceful way to treat any human being': Families forced to dip into Christmas funds as delays in Illness Benefit continue

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said discussions are ongoing in relation to the rollout of the new software systems causing the delays.

# regina-doherty - Friday 12 October, 2018

'Pat Breen asked a minister to meet a constituent and Naughten decided to go'

Pressure has been mounting on Breen to clarify the nature of his meetings with McCourt.

# regina-doherty - Friday 5 October, 2018

Regina Doherty has 'absolutely no confidence' North-South interconnector will happen

The minister said Brexit is “the biggest obstacle” facing the proposed energy project.

# regina-doherty - Friday 28 September, 2018

Over 11,000 jobseekers forced to do exact same programme twice

Concerns have been raised about the repeat fees being paid to the companies operating the Jobpath programme.

# regina-doherty - Tuesday 25 September, 2018

'A cheap headline': Minister has no intention of scrapping welfare Christmas bonus

She said people on welfare payments were needlessly worried by news reports this morning.

# regina-doherty - Wednesday 5 September, 2018

Regina Doherty calls for negotiations on new deal with FF, says election talk 'childish'

Budget talks start today – but the minister says Fine Gael wants parallel talks on confidence and supply.

# regina-doherty - Thursday 23 August, 2018

Government to launch automatic enrolment into pension plans for all citizens by 2022

The consultation process for the proposed automatic enrolment of all citizens into pension plans has now been launched and will last until 4 November.

# regina-doherty - Tuesday 14 August, 2018

Minister admits 'difficulties' in bringing in law for minimum passing distance when overtaking cyclists

A new law to require drivers to allow one metre when passing cyclists on roads was announced in February.

# regina-doherty - Saturday 21 July, 2018

Minister promises to take 'significant' action in the next Budget to pull thousands of children out of poverty

The minister gave a strong indication there will not be a repeat of the €5 increase in social welfare payments in the next Budget.

# regina-doherty - Tuesday 5 June, 2018

Social Protection Minister rules out means testing child benefit payment

Regina Doherty acknowledged that there are issues with the childcare system in Ireland but argued that means testing is cumbersome.

# regina-doherty - Sunday 27 May, 2018

'We owe her family a great debt': Calls for abortion legislation to be named Savita's Law Together For Yes This post contains videos

'We owe her family a great debt': Calls for abortion legislation to be named Savita's Law

Together for Yes said the legislation must be enacted as quickly as possible.

# regina-doherty - Friday 11 May, 2018

'God forbid that a woman who got a letter might run to the media' Cervical Cancer This post contains videos

'God forbid that a woman who got a letter might run to the media'

Tony O’Brien has criticised how some TDs conducted themselves at the Public Accounts Committee hearing yesterday.

# regina-doherty - Saturday 7 April, 2018

Play golf on paternity leave? You're lucky to have time to breathe

The government is reportedly considering making paid paternity leave mandatory for all new fathers.

# regina-doherty - Friday 6 April, 2018

Poll: Should paternity leave be mandatory? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should paternity leave be mandatory?

The Irish Times reports today that the government is planning on introducing both two weeks’ paid parental leave and mandatory paternity leave.

# regina-doherty - Monday 2 April, 2018

'They knew I wasn't going to go away' - State in second climbdown as adopted man finally receives PSC eight months later

The man has long maintained that, in being denied a PSC because he refused to get an adoption certificate, he was in effect being discriminated against.

# regina-doherty - Wednesday 28 February, 2018

Government will offer an extra week of fuel allowance during the cold snap

The decision means that fuel allowance recipients will now automatically receive €45 for this week instead of the usual €22.50.

# regina-doherty - Wednesday 21 February, 2018

Minister says it's 'absolutely deadly' that more people have availed of free dental and eye exams

Regina Doherty said there’d been a fourfold increase in the number of claims for free treatment benefits.

# regina-doherty - Sunday 18 February, 2018

About half of voters support unrestricted access to abortion up to 12 weeks

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty says she isn’t sure if the referendum will pass.

# regina-doherty - Thursday 8 February, 2018

'We are trying to sound the alarm' - committee hears Public Services Card is a legal ticking time bomb

The Public Services Card was discussed for the first time in an Oireachtas forum at the Social Protection committee today.

# regina-doherty - Wednesday 31 January, 2018

'Significant gap': Lone parents and those with disabilities among the most deprived in Ireland

Lone parents and adults with a disability were worse off than other people of the same age.

# regina-doherty - Sunday 21 January, 2018

"It is the worst form of humiliation" - Woman denied Public Services Card due to adopted status PSC

"It is the worst form of humiliation" - Woman denied Public Services Card due to adopted status

“I just burst out crying,” the 50-year-old woman says. “I really think this is the highest form of discrimination.”

# regina-doherty - Sunday 7 January, 2018

Government spent over €200k promoting the Public Services Card PR

Government spent over €200k promoting the Public Services Card

The rollout of the card sparked a storm of publicity about its use last year.

# regina-doherty - Saturday 30 December, 2017

'My stupid mandatory but not compulsory line' - Regina Doherty on the rocky road of ministerial life

From the Public Services Card to initiating a Garda investigation over Twitter abuse, it’s been an eventful six months for the Meath TD.

# regina-doherty - Thursday 28 December, 2017

'I won't be running a similar campaign' - Minister drops 'Welfare Cheats' approach, but says €500m fraud figure 'absolutely accurate'

“It’s difficult to say in hindsight whether I would have run such a campaign or not,” says Minister Regina Doherty.

# regina-doherty - Monday 18 December, 2017

'A disgrace': The mothers of premature babies who say they've been left behind by the Minister

Maternity leave was extended for mothers of premature babies back in October – but not for parents of infants born before then.

# regina-doherty - Wednesday 6 December, 2017

Zero-hour contracts to be banned in most cases under new law

The new Bill to be published this week aims to tackle the casualisation of work.

# regina-doherty - Sunday 26 November, 2017

'I was in the bar when the cheer went up': Politicians hit the airwaves to play election blame game

Minister Regina Doherty has said she heard a roar from Fianna Fáil TDs.

# regina-doherty - Friday 24 November, 2017

Election or no election, the Christmas bonus will still be paid next week

But the Social Protection minister says that other changes to social welfare payments are “in limbo”.

# regina-doherty - Thursday 16 November, 2017

Twitter abuse: Fine Gael TDs call out senior party member who labelled women 'bitches'

Female members of the Fine Gael party have said comments made by one party member online are “unacceptable”.

# regina-doherty - Tuesday 14 November, 2017

U-turn means no solution to shortfall in State pensions 'for quite some time'

Changes introduced in 2012 altered how a person’s state pension is calculated.

# regina-doherty - Monday 6 November, 2017

'I've had to tell more people in the last few months than in my entire life' - Man denied Public Services Card because he's adopted

“This shambolic process is now making me feel like a second class citizen – I’m being treated unequally because I’m adopted.”

# regina-doherty - Saturday 4 November, 2017

'If you post one out I'll cut it up and send it back': The PSC has people both enraged and deeply confused

Both the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection and the Road Safety Authority have walked into a blizzard of criticism over the expansion of the Public Services Card (PSC).

# regina-doherty - Friday 3 November, 2017

Jobseekers reminded they can take up Christmas work without losing entitlements

Businesses are being urged to hire people on the Live Register.

# regina-doherty - Wednesday 18 October, 2017

Stopped welfare payments and getting a passport abroad - the Irish haven't been shy complaining about the PSC

A great deal of ire has been directed at the government over the rollout of the card.

# regina-doherty - Sunday 15 October, 2017

Ireland is getting a new internship programme

The new scheme aims to target young people who find it difficult to enter employment.

# regina-doherty - Friday 13 October, 2017

Bus Éireann row: Minister hits back after unions slam her for 'unofficial labour dispute' comment

The employment minister said that 299 replacement buses were needed on the Eastern corridor last week.

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