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The Department of Social Protection said the the maximum Pandemic Unemployment Payment weekly rate of €350 will reduce to €300. File photograph: Getty

Plans to move workers who are claiming the pandemic unemployment payment to Jobseeker’s Benefit have been deferred until after October 22nd, Minister (...)

Sinn Féin’s Claire Kerrane has said she would like to see the current PUP rates stay in place until the end of the year at least.   File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin has called on the Government to delay planned cuts to the pandemic unemployment payment (PUP) on September 7th, saying that this will unjust(...)

Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys says  the money is “based solely on the level of works local authorities themselves said they could deliver by the end of the year”. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys has been criticised over the proportion of funding for local road works provided by her(...)

Digital Covid Certificates are being issued as part of an EU plan to reopen non-essential travel. They have been adapted to access indoor hospitality in Ireland.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Average waiting times on the helpline for the Digital Covid Certificate for international travel were more than 90 minutes during its first week in op(...)

Heather Humphreys said that most of the contracts for local employment have been in place since the 1990s. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys has rejected claims she is privatising local employment services in a new tender process for contract(...)

Sinn Fein spokesperson on workers’ rights Louise O Reilly  said the Sinn Féin motion also offered people a choice to remain working beyond 65. Photograph:Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin expects other parties and the public to judge them on “what they say they will do if they were in government in the south not what they actu(...)

Eamon Ryan, one  TD declared, needed ‘to be put back in his green box’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It hasn’t been a great week for the Greens. But there is precious little sympathy for Eamon Ryan and his party from their coalition partners. News o(...)

Sinn Féin’s  Maireád Farrell also demanded a double payment of the weekly allowance in February and said ‘it will cost €20 million and will not break the bank’. Photograph: iStock

Some elderly people are staying in bed until the afternoon because of the costs of keeping their homes heated, the Dáil has been told. Others are sta(...)

Pat Kenny: the Newstalk presenter has sounded more engaged on air since the pandemic kicked in. Photograph: Frank Miller

Pat Kenny is a smart man, but he asks some silly questions. “Are you suffering from crisis fatigue?” he inquires of listeners to Monday’s Pat Kenny Sh(...)

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys said she had spoken to musicians and members of the entertainment industry directly and “they have explained that this would make life easier for them when it comes to one-off gigs”. File photograph: Dara MacDónaill

Musicians and performers are among self-employed workers set to benefit from an increase in earnings they will allowed to make before their pandemic u(...)

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