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# welfare - Friday 9 January, 2015

'Dear Joan: Today, I sat in a dole office and cried to a complete stranger through a glass partition'

An open letter to the Minister for Social Protection: “I left that office embarrassed, angry, degraded, and a shadow of the educated, confident woman I am meant to be.”

# welfare - Tuesday 6 January, 2015

The 5 at 5: Tuesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

# welfare - Friday 12 December, 2014

At least eight people prosecuted for animal abuse so far under new cruelty law

The DSPCA reports multiple prosecutions under the new Act.

# welfare - Wednesday 12 November, 2014

A European court has ruled against "welfare tourism"

The European Court of Justice said that Germany did not have to give a Romanian man benefits.

# welfare - Friday 26 September, 2014

Fraud on Jobseekers' Allowance cost the State €2.68 million a week in 2013

There was also problems with HSE procurement and payments to farmers.

# welfare - Wednesday 13 August, 2014

It's 'great news' that child beauty pageants have been axed - Senator

The Universal Royalty Beauty Contest is planning to proceed with its Belfast pageant.

# welfare - Saturday 28 June, 2014

A TD used a Dáil question to ask if a water meter protester would have their dole cut

Terence Flanagan used a case involving one of his own constituents to ask if the Department of Social Protection cuts the dole of anti-government protestors.

# welfare - Wednesday 11 June, 2014

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Good morning! Here are the nine biggest stories you need to know this morning as you kick off your day.

In cases where work pays less than the dole ... 7 out of 10 people choose work

Think tank the ESRI has found that for those who, on a “snapshot” basis, would be “better off on the dole” tend to choose employment instead.

# welfare - Tuesday 4 March, 2014

Just 69 people have taken up Gateway places

The Gateway scheme would pay long-term unemployed people €20 a week to work in their local communities.

# welfare - Sunday 2 February, 2014

Joan Burton has no plans for UK-style crackdown on welfare for jobless immigrants

A Fine Gael TD asked the Labour minister about a recent ban on immigrants in the UK receiving dole payment for their first three months of residency.

# welfare - Thursday 30 January, 2014

Column: The Government stalls while people with mobility difficulties fall deeper into isolation

The Government had a knee-jerk reaction last year and cut Mobility Allowance to new applicants. Nearly 12 months later, those in need are still in limbo, writes Anne-Maree Quinn.

# welfare - Tuesday 19 November, 2013

Over 50 horses seized from Cork site

The carcasses of three horses were also removed from the Hollyhill site on the north side of Cork city.

# welfare - Saturday 2 November, 2013

Burton calls for 'living wage' and says welfare state makes employers 'efficient'

The Minister for Social Protection has made a significant speech on the welfare state today.

# welfare - Wednesday 23 October, 2013

Shatter: Gardaí responded in good faith to child concerns

Two children who were removed from their Roma families have since been reunited with them.

# welfare - Wednesday 16 October, 2013

Social welfare garda checks must not involve racial profiling - ICI

The Immigrant Council of Ireland wants Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton to outline safeguards against racial profiling in crackdown on welfare fraud.

# welfare - Saturday 12 October, 2013

Top readers' comments of the week

Here’s our round-up of the most interesting and most popular comments from this week. Did you make it in?

# welfare - Tuesday 8 October, 2013

1,900 "welfare tourists" caught in three years

New powers and investigative techniques have led to the apprehension of 101 welfare tourists at airports since last June.

# welfare - Monday 30 September, 2013

Welfare paid out nearly €100 million in incorrect payments last year

The rate of overpayment has jumped 92 per cent since 2007, but just 42 per cent of wrongful payments were down to fraud.

# welfare - Monday 23 September, 2013

Column: Who really benefits from the new 'carrot and stick' approach to welfare payments?

New welfare system changes are morally dubious and serve only make the lives of unemployed more unpleasant, writes Tom Boland.

# welfare - Saturday 21 September, 2013

Top readers' comments of the week

Here’s our round-up of the most interesting and most popular comments from this week. Did you make it in?

# welfare - Thursday 19 September, 2013

Senator calls for child beauty pageant to be cancelled

The Universal Royalty Beauty Pageant is taking place in Dublin this weekend, but Jillian Van Turnhout said the contest has ‘no place in Ireland’.

# welfare - Sunday 15 September, 2013

"There is nothing decided on welfare cap" - Joan Burton

Reports today say that cuts to Social Protection will amount to a welfare cap, but the Minister for Social Protection says nothing has been decided.

# welfare - Saturday 24 August, 2013

Welfare traps preventing people from moving into employment

A report has recommended that the department review eligibility criteria for some payments to “recognise the reality of the labour market”.

# welfare - Tuesday 6 August, 2013

ISPCA at "breaking point" dealing with increased calls for help

The ISPCA received 1,524 calls over the whole of 2012 – and has taken 1,372 calls so far this year.

# welfare - Monday 29 July, 2013

Rescue charity concerned about change of dog pound

A Dog’s Life has said it will not be able to provide the same service to the new pound, and fears more dogs will be put down.

# welfare - Sunday 14 July, 2013

How 'maternity box' gift helped lower infant mortality rates in Finland

Many Finnish babies spend their first nights nestled inside a cardboard box – and here’s why.

# welfare - Thursday 13 June, 2013

Why is a former AIB building bought by the State ten years ago still empty? – Patrick Nulty TD asks

The building was bought over a decade ago at a cost of almost €1.5 million by the taxpayer for use by the Probation and Welfare Service – but has lain empty ever since because the service declined to relocate there.

# welfare - Wednesday 12 June, 2013

HSE had 'no proper basis' to refuse payment for woman and suicidal daughter

Kileni, who fled South Africa after the murder of her husband and suffered Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, waited over a year for the payment awarded to her.

# welfare - Thursday 6 June, 2013

Column: The social welfare system is in a state of flux – and it's failing jobseekers

Many unemployed people struggle with accessing the correct information on what they are (or are not) entitled to – and the problem is compounded by misinformation and misdirection within the system, writes Brid O’Brien.

# welfare - Monday 29 April, 2013

Burton urged to take action so State can save €21m a year

Roisín Shorthall says that if the State was to be reimbursed by insurers for welfare payments taken out while people are injured and claim welfare, they could save millions.

# welfare - Saturday 27 April, 2013

Aaron McKenna: We need to pay for our pensions to remove the burden on future taxpayers

The only way to ensure the long-term prosperity of our retirees without burdening our children with unfair taxes is to create a state-backed – rather than entirely state funded – pension system that is means tested, writes Aaron McKenna.

# welfare - Tuesday 2 April, 2013

150k sign petition after UK Minister says he could live on €63 a week

The petition was set up to challenge Iain Duncan Smith to prove that he would be able to survive on benefits.

# welfare - 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.

# welfare - Tuesday 5 February, 2013

Economic crisis has underlined the 'critical importance' of the welfare state - Burton

The Minister for Social Protection said that without welfare payment, “millions of families across the EU would literally be left with nothing”.

# welfare - Tuesday 11 December, 2012

ESRI: One in five people are living in jobless households

The percentage of households where adults are not working has grown from 15 per cent to 22 per cent in just three years.

# welfare - Wednesday 21 November, 2012

Families told to wait up to 10 months for welfare payment

A father-of-three from Carlow shares his story with

# welfare - Wednesday 3 October, 2012

Oireachtas committee considers access to welfare for self-employed

The committee heard from the Self Employed Alliance Dundalk who said there has been “unjust, unwarranted discrimination” against self-employed people.

# welfare - Monday 1 October, 2012

Report recommends child benefit be cut to about €100 per month

A so-called “two tier” child benefit system, recommended by an advisory group to the Social Protection Minister, would see child benefit payments cut to about €100 per month.

# welfare - Tuesday 7 August, 2012

Burton: No plans to change disability allowance eligibility

The Minister noted a surge in applications for disability allowance, but denied any changes in criteria or conditions.