Minister of Social Protection Heather Humphreys: “Throughout this pandemic, we have taken decisions that we never thought we would have to make.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The number of people receiving the Covid-19 pandemic unemployment payment has fallen by 3,600 to 206,341 over the last week. However the Minister for(...)

The Cabinet also decided on Tuesday that the pandemic unemployment scheme is to be kept open for new entrants until the end of the year.

The Government is to extend until November 30th a current suspension of the rights of workers who have been laid off temporarily to seek redundancy fr(...)

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys: in the last seven days, 9,974 people have closed their claim for the payment. Photograph: Alan Betson

The number of people receiving the Covid-19 pandemic unemployment payment has fallen by nearly 10,000 to 209,941 over the last week. The Department o(...)

Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys said it was “encouraging to see more and more people close their Pandemic Unemployment Payment as they went back to work”. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA

The number of people receiving the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment has fallen by 5,100 to 219,000. The Department of Employment Affairs and So(...)

Mail  processing for the Midleton area is carried out at a separate location and so was not impacted by the fire. Photograph: Cork County Fire Service/Twitter

An Post has begun putting postal and social welfare arrangements in place for people in Midleton after a fire damaged the post office in the town in e(...)

Questions have emerged over whether Government inspectors had the right to question people in a blanket manner at the airport

The State’s data watchdog has said it has “serious doubts” about whether social welfare inspectors were acting lawfully when gathering information at (...)

The main sectors where employees are returning to work are accommodation and food services; wholesale and retail trade;  construction and the motor trade. Photograph: Getty Images

The number of people receiving the Government’s special pandemic unemployment payment has fallen by 31,800 in the past week to 313,800, the Department(...)

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys:  said last week had seen the highest number of people returning to work since the Covid-19 crisis began in March. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

About 63,000 people have closed their claim for the Government’s Pandemic Unemployment Payment in the last week. Minister for Social Protection Heath(...)

Garda Commisioner Drew Harrris has told the Policing Authority of a rebound in crimes last month after lockdown. Photograph: Frank Miller

Crime rates increased immediately in the Republic once strict lockdown conditions were eased last month, a new report shows. Reports to the Garda of (...)

Assistant secretary general at the Department of Taoiseach Liz Canavan says: “we’re asking business owners and service providers to think about how they’re protecting customers and clients.” Photograph: PA

Changes to the Government’s roadmap to exiting lockdown will not mean “a return to life as we knew it”, a senior official has warned. At the Governme(...)

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