Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty has announced details of the €21.2bn to be spent on Social Welfare in 2020.
Tue, 08 Oct, 2019
The Government is being urged to focus on the needs of children as it prepares for Budget 2018.
Fri, 21 Jul, 2017
Mon, 21 Nov, 2016
The Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar will try to encourage even more visitors to Temple Bar later when he launches a new festival of culture.
Wed, 26 Oct, 2016
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Wed, 01 Jun, 2016
The Tánaiste Joan Burton has made a statement to gardai following last weekend's protest in Dublin.
Thu, 20 Nov, 2014
The Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, has confirmed her support for the Labour leader Eamon Gilmore.
Mon, 28 Apr, 2014
The Irish Congress of Trade Unions is holding a conference in Dublin this morning to look at ways of creating jobs in the Irish economy.
Fri, 11 Apr, 2014
A sum of €109,000 has been paid to 275 claimants in the initial emergency assistance response to assist flood victims in Limerick, said Housing Minister Jan O’Sullivan yesterday.
Thu, 27 Feb, 2014
The Minister for Social Protection said the development of the community policing model in Ireland is vital.
Sun, 09 Feb, 2014
The Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, has published a plan aimed at improving employment prospects for young people.
Tue, 28 Jan, 2014
The Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has said she would like to see a Charities Regulator selected as soon as possible.
Fri, 17 Jan, 2014
Unemployed people who take up temporary work over the Christmas period will have their jobseekers payments restored as soon as the work ends.
Sun, 24 Nov, 2013
The Social Protection Minister's been compared to a former Tory Minister in the 1980s who effectively told people to get on their bike and look for work.
Thu, 24 Oct, 2013
The Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, says the drop in the numbers on the Live Register has prevented harsher cuts in her Department.
Tue, 15 Oct, 2013
The Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has again hinted that proposals on a two-tier child benefit system may be shelved.
Wed, 02 Oct, 2013
The Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, said she is confident that neither weekly social welfare rates nor the bus pass will be hit in the budget.
Fri, 27 Sep, 2013
The Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton is welcoming today's announcement from FAZTech to set up a research facility at Park West in Dublin.
Thu, 29 Aug, 2013
The government is getting tougher on job seekers who are not ready and available for work.
Fri, 19 Jul, 2013
The Minister for Social Protection and deputy leader of the Labour party Joan Burton 'can't stress' how important Tánaiste's job is.
Fri, 14 Jun, 2013
The Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton says she has full confidence in the Justice Minister Alan Shatter.
Sun, 26 May, 2013
Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has said that the Government is examining the possibility of using money from the child benefit payment to extend the free pre-school year.
Wed, 08 May, 2013
There will be no let-up in the freezing and snowy conditions over the Easter break.
Wed, 27 Mar, 2013
The Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has said children at risk of poverty must be protected under the social welfare system.
Thu, 21 Feb, 2013
The Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has said she has made no decision on the findings of a report which recommends a two-tier payment system for child benefit.
Wed, 20 Feb, 2013
The Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton says the government needs to examine whether or not we need a permanent - or semi permanent - Referendum Commissioner.
Mon, 12 Nov, 2012
The Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton will today open 'Employer Briefing' - a new initiative which has been set up to help employers support their business.
The Minister for Social Protection has said it is her understanding that of the 65,000 students who applied for grants online, around 50,000 applications had to be queried because of incomplete data.
Sat, 27 Oct, 2012
The Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has said it is her intention not to cut core social welfare payments in December's Budget.
Sun, 21 Oct, 2012
The Minister for Social Protection has confirmed that "core" social welfare rates will not be cut in December's Budget.
Fri, 12 Oct, 2012
The Minister for Social Protection has invited a number of voluntary and community groups to discuss their needs ahead of the upcoming budget.
The Minister for Social Protection says cutting social welfare payments will do more harm than good to Ireland's economic recovery.
Tue, 07 Aug, 2012
Disability benefit interviews have changed, and the emphasis has moved away from the patients' illness, according to one man whose wife has lost her allowance.
Thu, 02 Aug, 2012
The Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton is being urged to rethink proposals to make employers responsible for the first four week's of an employee's sick leave.
Wed, 01 Aug, 2012
The Minister for Social Protection says Labour are happy with Eamon Gilmore but admitted she would one day like to become the leader of the party.
Fri, 20 Jul, 2012
The Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton has confirmed that birth certs will soon have to include the identity of the father.
Wed, 16 May, 2012
The Minister for Social Protection says the Mahon report suggests we need to toughen up the code of ethics for people who hold public office.
Fri, 23 Mar, 2012
The Minister for Social Protection has signalled a referendum on the European Treaty will be held before the summer, saying there are "two windows" in which to hold the vote.
Mon, 19 Mar, 2012
The Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has said discussions with the European Central Bank aimed at reducing Ireland's bank debt are continuing, despite indications that the ECB is opposed to a deal.
Fri, 09 Mar, 2012
The Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has said she will press on with plans to change the sick pay system, despite concerns voiced in the Cabinet.
Fri, 24 Feb, 2012
The Minister for Social Protection has admitted that the Government did not know the exact number of public servants retiring in February until last week.
Thu, 09 Feb, 2012
The Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has said the Government has been engaged in "continuous planning" on a weekly basis for retirements from the public service.
More than 500 Community Employment Scheme supervisors from across the country are meeting in Portlaoise this evening over cutbacks to the sector.
Wed, 08 Feb, 2012
The Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has said she would like to see a Debt Ombudsman to oversee the growing debt problem.
Fri, 23 Sep, 2011
The Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has said the Labour Party wants a clampdown on tax exiles.
Fri, 16 Sep, 2011
The Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, has announced the establishment of a new Advisory Group on Tax and Social Welfare.
Sat, 25 Jun, 2011
The Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has said her department is working with the Prison Service to further clamp down on benefit fraud.
Tue, 21 Jun, 2011
The Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has said stamping out tax fraud could save the exchequer half a billion euro.
Thu, 21 Apr, 2011
HISTORY was made yesterday when Barry Dignam and Hugh Walsh became the first gay couple to undertake public civil partnerships, with the number of guests almost outnumbered by the media.
Wed, 06 Apr, 2011
Senior Fianna Fáil minister Eamon O'Cuiv has said that anyone in the Cabinet who does not believe or trust in Brian Cowen should resign.
Fri, 14 Jan, 2011
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