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# Unemployed

This year
Unemployed who worked 5 years or more before losing job to get €450 per week under Govt plan
Minister Heather Humphreys says she wants to bring proposals to Government this year on the new pay-related benefit plan.
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New unemployment payment linked to past working history set to be introduced when PUP is phased out
Varadkar said the phasing out of the PUP provides an opportunity to reform the country’s social welfare system.
Looking to upskill or retrain? New online portal launched for the unemployed, businesses and employees
Those on the PUP can sign up to courses without losing their payment.
Level 3 restrictions on Dublin prompts surge in applications for Pandemic Unemployment Payment
The impact of the Level 3 restrictions is now being reflected in the PUP figures.
TDs say there are cheaper ways than JobPath to get people back to work
A new policy document on JobPath has been launched by Sinn Féin.
'Bored' Wenger ready to feed football addiction at ambitious club
You can’t keep a good man down for long.
Bring JobPath fraud claims to me and I'll investigate, says minister
Catherine MurphyTD has raised serious concerns in the Dáil regarding the activation programme, JobPath.
'A lot of them were unemployed and they were trying to find their place again'
Filmmaker Laura McGann chats about her new film Revolutions, which takes an in-depth look at the Irish women’s roller derby team.
Live Register: The number of people signing on has fallen below 300,000
The figures show that there are now 299,200 people officially signed on, compared with 340,700 from this time last year.
Here's why people want to help the sick but not the unemployed
“People everywhere seem to have this deep-seated intuition that ill people are unfortunate and deserve to be helped.”
'I never thought I would be unemployed aged 53. I feel I have to beg for social welfare'
An anonymous contributor writes about what it’s like to find yourself jobless with no money after working for over 33 years.
Life after an election: 'The hurt, the hard work and signing on the dole'
Nicola Cassidy, a former Green Party press officer, chronicles what happens when it all goes pear shaped.
'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.
Losing a job is the single most negative event a person can experience
While we’re hearing that jobs are being created around the country, some people still find themselves out of work, writes Eoghan McDermott.
‘I remember feeling washed up and fearing I would never work again’
It’s time to change our attitude toward unemployed people, writes Donal O’Keeffe.
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.
Some iffy job numbers show that everything's not quite rosy right now
The unemployment rate has stopped falling.
Poll: Do you think unemployed young people should be sent to 'work boot camps'?
Plans for courses are set to be in place in the UK by April 2017.
Prince Harry is leaving the army and looking for a new job
He said he is excited about what the future holds.
This chef is offering up his home and dinner to a family in need at Christmas
The 41-year-old from Dublin has been unemployed for the last two years after a heart attack forced him to give up his job as a professional chef.
Woman awarded €5,000 for not being allowed to do JobBridge internship
She was excluded from joining the scheme because she was in receipt of a one-parent family benefit.
People on the dole will get a Christmas present from the government this year
The Christmas Bonus will be reintroduced this year – one of two increases in the area of social welfare announced in today’s Budget.
Readers’ Panel Part One: What are you expecting from Budget 2015?
We spoke to some readers about their hopes and fears ahead of tomorrow’s budget. Here’s what they had to say, in their own words.
Poll: Are you satisfied in your current job?
Monday blues, anyone?
‘I was unemployed and triathlon was the only thing I had’
We chat to Irish-based Czech athlete Tamara Maxantova about competing in the World Championships next month.
Opinion: 'I'm not experienced enough to do an unpaid internship'
I need an internship to get job experience but, apparently, I need more experience to get even an unpaid internship. What can you do?
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.
Opinion: We were a normal married couple who fell on hard times. Now, we sleep in our car.
When we see homeless people, we only look at where they ended up – not the road that took them there.
Father-of-two works 20 hours a week for extra €2.38 on job scheme
The man, who has a community work placement, says he understands he has to work for his money but he was told he would get an extra €20.
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 cut for long-term unemployed who refuse to work in local authorities
The INOU said participants need to be matched appropriately to suitable positions.
Irish lad makes brilliant video cover letter to find a job
Is this the way forward for job hunting?
Column: JobBridge isn't about helping people, it's about padding unemployment figures
Young people, and all of those who are unemployed, should not accept the choice the government is trying to offer us between emigration or life on the dole and in unpaid work, writes Kevin Coughlan.
Video column: Ireland's young and diverse population deserves to be heard
Large sections of our society are not being represented by the mainstream media – excluding valid perspectives and life experience from the national conversation, says Katie Varvos.
Over 1,200 employers and 2,400 jobseekers register for JobsPlus scheme
The new initiative that rewards employers for taking on the long term unemployed was launched during the summer.
Long-term unemployed man “at a loss” after college course cancelled
A course in Construction, Management, Maintenance and Refurbishment was due to begin on 9 September, but was cancelled last week.
Column: Unable to find work in Ireland, I had no choice but to leave
I was offered a job abroad and even though I had no family or friends there, I had to take it, writes Seanán Ó Coistín.
The technology sector is open for business, but there's a shortage of suitable candidates
A survey of 38 major tech companies estimates there’s 4,500 job vacancies in the ICT sector, but there is a major skills shortage.
Column: It's fanciful to think a wealth tax would make the rich leave Ireland
A former IMF head of the mission for Ireland has said an entire reliance on austerity was not the right move – yet we’re still following that road. David Cronin asks why.