Musicians, dancers, choreographers, opera composers and circus and street performers are among the artistic disciplines who are included in the scheme. Photograph: iStock

A social welfare scheme for self-employed artists and writers is now open for applications. Under the scheme artists can receive Jobseeker’s Allowanc(...)

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty has said there is “strong legal advice” in favour of the continued use of the public services card. She said the Government did not agree with the findings in a report by data protection commissioner Helen Dixon.

The Government is facing prosecution by the State’s data watchdog over its decision to defy a report that found the retention of information gathered (...)

 Busáras in Dublin: Free travel passes are accepted on most bus and rail services run by Dublin Bus, Iarnród Éireann and Bus Éireann as well as by Luas and over 80 other private transport operators. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The sustainability of current funding levels for the free travel scheme has been questioned after a 16 per cent increase in journeys taken by pass hol(...)

Photograph: Alan Betson

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it is currently reviewing documentary requirements for first time passport applicants following a rep(...)

Deliveroo said it was a “unique opportunity” to modernise Ireland’s employment legislation. Photograph: Alan Betson

Delivery group Deliveroo is calling on the Government to amend legislation covering self-employed workers in the on-demand economy to allow companies (...)

Facilities for asylum seekers at the East End Hotel in Portarlington pictured by a Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland volunteer. Photograph: MSAI

A grassroots group of asylum seekers has complained about a lack of support for residents in emergency overflow direct provision facilities, citing on(...)

Public Services Card: the public has been given no indication of how their data is stored and protected

Immediate clarity is needed on the scope, intention and justification for the mishmash that is the Public Services Card.  If any lingering doubt(...)

The Freedom of Information Act 2014 provides for a general right of access to records held by public bodies and also provides that records should be released unless they are found to be exempt. File photograph: Getty

Nearly 37,000 freedom of information requests were made to public bodies last year, an 8.5 per cent increase on the previous year. The figure also re(...)

Poet Patrick Kavanagh, who died in 1967.

A further tranche of Ireland’s historical Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths are being available to the public online from Tuesday. Accessibl(...)

 Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon  in her Fitzwilliam Square offices. Dixon wants to extend her role into a second five-year term when her current one ends in September “to continue out the work that we have started”. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Rarely have four letters caused such dread. GDPR – the EU law designed to give people more control over their personal data in the internet age – cele(...)

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