Social Protection

UNDOCUMENTED CHILDREN

18 November 2019

Last week in the Dáil, I questioned An Taoiseach about the estimated 3,000 undocumented children living in Ireland. I called on An Taoiseach to end the limbo these children live, and the restrictions placed on their freedom to life, and to pursue educational, social and work opportunities. You can read a recent Sunday Times article … Continue reading Undocumented Children

AUTO-ENROLMENT PENSION SCHEME MUST REMAIN IN STATE CONTROL

31 October 2019

This morning, I appeared on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland to discuss the implementation of the long-awaited pension auto-enrolment scheme. The Government must ensure the newly announced pension scheme remains in State control, as I am concerned that privatising the scheme would lead to significantly higher charges and costs for workers. You can listen back to my … Continue reading Auto-Enrolment Pension Scheme Must Remain in State Control

JOAN RENEWS CONTRACT WITH AN POST FOR SOCIAL WELFARE PAYMENTS AT POST OFFICES

28 January 2016

The Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, T.D. has announced today (Thursday, 28 January 2016) a further renewal of her Department’s contract for cash social welfare payments at Post Offices. The current contract was signed in December 2013 for an initial two years with an option for extension for a further four years … Continue reading JOAN RENEWS CONTRACT WITH AN POST FOR SOCIAL WELFARE PAYMENTS AT POST OFFICES

PROGRESS ON JOBS FRONT AS DUBLIN WEST UNEMPLOYMENT HITS SEVEN-YEAR LOW

12 January 2016

The  Blanchardstown area saw a fall in unemployment of 11% in December, compared to the same month last year, and in Navan Road area unemployment fell by 8%. These figures, released by the CSO this week, were welcomed by Tánaiste, Minister for Social Protection and local Labour TD Joan Burton. There were 790 fewer people … Continue reading PROGRESS ON JOBS FRONT AS DUBLIN WEST UNEMPLOYMENT HITS SEVEN-YEAR LOW

ACCENT SOLUTIONS IN GLASNEVIN TO CREATE 100 NEW JOBS

7 January 2016

A Dublin based company, Accent Solutions is to create 100 new jobs over the coming 24 months, increasing its workforce to 133 by the end of this month and it is expected to reach 230 by the end of next year. Since it was established in 2012, and under the stewardship of its Founders, Anne … Continue reading Accent Solutions in Glasnevin to create 100 new jobs

NEW MABS MORTGAGE ARREARS SERVICE LAUNCHED FOR DISTRESSED MORTGAGE HOLDERS

4 January 2016

The Tánaiste Joan Burton TD, together with the Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection Kevin Humphreys T.D. , today (Tuesday, 22 December 2015) formally launched MABS’ Dedicated Mortgage Arrears Services to assist distressed mortgage holders. MABS is the State’s money advice service, guiding people through dealing with problem debt for more than … Continue reading NEW MABS MORTGAGE ARREARS SERVICE LAUNCHED FOR DISTRESSED MORTGAGE HOLDERS

GOVERNMENT GIVE GO-AHEAD FOR REMOVAL OF UNDERAGE EXEMPTION FOR MARRAIGES

15 December 2015

The Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton T.D. along with her colleague Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Justice and Equality received Government approval today (Tuesday, 15 December, 2015) to introduce primary legislation that will remove the underage exemption for marriages. The Government has agreed to amend the Civil Registration Act 2004 to make it … Continue reading GOVERNMENT GIVE GO-AHEAD FOR REMOVAL OF UNDERAGE EXEMPTION FOR MARRAIGES

SMALL-LOAN SCHEME LAUNCHED TO COMBAT MONEYLENDERS

26 November 2015

Joan and Kevin Humphreys, the Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection, today (26 November 2015) formally launched the Personal Microcredit Scheme to help eligible borrowers struggling to access low-cost credit and thereby combat moneylenders. The scheme, which has been driven by Minister Humphreys, will operate on a pilot basis for the next … Continue reading SMALL-LOAN SCHEME LAUNCHED TO COMBAT MONEYLENDERS

CHRISTMAS BONUS TO BENEFIT PENSIONERS, CARERS AND VULNERABLE GROUPS

24 November 2015

– Pensioner couple both in receipt of the non-contributory State Pension will receive a bonus payment of €328.50. – Single person on Disability Allowance will receive a bonus payment of €141. – A person in receipt of a Carer’s Allowance with two dependent children will get a bonus of €197.70. – A long-term jobseeker with … Continue reading CHRISTMAS BONUS TO BENEFIT PENSIONERS, CARERS AND VULNERABLE GROUPS

ACTION PLAN FOR JOBS

19 November 2015

Q2, Q3 Progress Report The central message of this Government has always been jobs. The consistent drive to get people back to work. The desire to build a social and economic recovery. That’s been my focus as Tánaiste and as Labour Party leader. And that focus is now showing positive results. Just this week, new … Continue reading ACTION PLAN FOR JOBS