Joan Burton

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Many people who are waiting to join a pension auto-enrolment scheme and every year lost in building up savings will mean less to pay out in retirement

There was a new State-backed pension structure planned for workers who don’t have a private pension. I have not read or heard anything about this for (...)

Ireland has been committed to introducing a national   auto-enrolment pension scheme  since the late Seamus Brennan published a Green Paper on the topic during his period as social welfare minister in 2007

The proposal for a national auto-enrolment pension scheme has been kicking around for quite a while, and it now looks very likely that yet another tar(...)

Policymakers invoke the “scarring effect” of unemployment – a persistent lower income for those who have been long-term unemployed, even when the economy recovers. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Winding down the pandemic unemployment payment (PUP) carefully is the balancing act at the heart of the new Pathways to Work 2021-2025 social welfare (...)

Labour Senator Ivana Bacik said her Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill would provide adopted persons with the right to access their birth certificate. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The irish Times.

New adoption legislation to reverse a State policy that is “overly skewed towards privacy rights” has been introduced in the Seanad. Labour Senator I(...)

Denis O’Brien, third from left, with former taoiseach Enda Kenny at the ringing of the bell at the NYSE on March 19th, 2012. Photograph: Ben Hider/NYSE Euronext/PA Wire

The sale of Communicorp for more than €100 million marks the exit of telecoms tycoon Denis O’Brien from the Irish media market after a decades-long pr(...)

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(...)

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The Government is facing mounting pressure from the Opposition to facilitate a question and answer session with Minister for Justice Helen McEntee on (...)

 The Sar gave some details about Ros-Gip Ltd, and Ros-Vit Ltd, both of 5 Harbourmaster Place in the IFSC.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

In September 2015, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, of Wall Street, New York, sent a Suspicious Activity Report (Sar) to the Financial Crimes Enf(...)

We deny huge numbers of workers the right to be paid when they’re off sick – and hope the welfare system will pick up the slack. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A friend of mine works for the HSE. And she has no entitlement to sick pay. Like tens of thousands of other workers in the health system, she is emplo(...)


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