The department has just signed a €383,000 contract with UK firm Gemalto for the design, development and implementation of upgraded facial recognition software. Photograph: iStock

Facial imaging software deployed by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection has recorded 28 cases of identity fraud to date in 2018(...)

The processing delays stem from a dispute between the Department  Social Protection and GPs over the introduction of new illness certification forms in recent weeks. Photograph: iStock

Civil servants have warned they could take industrial action as a result of “aggressive and abusive” calls they are receiving due to delays in the pay(...)

It suggested that delays in processing the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance (BSCFA) by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection had placed additional pressure on families with limited incomes.   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Society of Saint Vincent De Paul (SVP) has said it has seeen a 20 per cent increase in calls for back-to-school help this summer. The charity sai(...)

The Department of Social Protection said plans for a no-deal Brexit had been stepped up in recent weeks. Photograph: iStock

There is “broad agreement” with the UK to “maintain the status quo” in terms of payments to the holders of UK pensions in the Republic in the event th(...)

My two kids now live in Australia, and I plan to split my retirement between there and Ireland. Will it affect my pension entitlements?

Question: I worked in one of the Irish banks from 1980 until 2002 and was part of the defined benefit pension scheme. I then moved abroad for the la(...)

A “legal pathway” should be opened up to help allow children under 16 self-declare their own gender identity, a human rights organisation has said. F(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan   said the Government had agreed that the Magdalene Restorative Justice Scheme would now apply to the women who lived in adjoining institutions. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has announced that the Magdalene redress scheme is to be widened to include women who worked in the laundries an(...)

Minister for Employment Affairs Regina Doherty: “Feeding Ireland’s Future provides a unique opportunity for young people to learn directly from employers how to stand out when applying for jobs.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, in collaboration with Efficient Consumer Approach Ireland (ECR), has launched its fifth an(...)

PAC  has called for a Dáil debate on how  the surplus on the wind-up of Nama should be spent. Photograph:  Alan Betson

The Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has called for a Dáil debate on how a projected €3 billion surplus on the wind-up of Nama should be spe(...)

Aidan O’Brien: “We’re doing it for everyone in the industry. We will survive anyway but we need everyone to stay in racing.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland’s champion trainer Aidan O’Brien has said he is ready to legally argue a Labour Court ruling rejecting his appeal in January against Workplac(...)

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