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Announced Dates Regarding Bonus Welfare Payments Announced In Budget.

Week beginning November 20th, 2023: Some 46,500 households will receive the Working Family Payment of an extra €400.
Some 214,000 people in receipt of the Disability Support Grant will also receive a bonus of €400.
A €300 Fuel Allowance lump sum will also be paid to some 409,000 households.

Week beginning November 27th 2023: Persons in receipt of the Carers Support Grant will receive a bonus of a €400 payment.
Some 237,0000 mostly those older people who receive the living alone allowance will receive an extra €200.
A €100 bonus will be paid in respect of 370,000 children in receipt of Qualified Child Benefit.
More than 2,000,000 households will have €150 taken off their electricity bill with effect from December 1st, 2023.

Week beginning December 4th 2023: Each person in receipt of welfare payment will receive a double Christmas bonus payment.
They will also receive a double Child Benefit payment of €280 per child.

Week beginning January 29th, 2024: A second double payment of all welfare payments will be paid to recipents of State Benifits.
Weekly rates of qualified child payments will increase by €4 in January 2024 bringing them to €54 for those aged 12 and over and €46 for under 12s.
Income thresholds for the Working Family Payment will increase by €54 per week regardless of family size from January 2024.
Hot School Meals will be extended on a phased basis in 2024, to all non-DEIS primary schools, latter who applied as part of the expression of interest.
Cost of living bonus for people with disabilities, pensioners, carers, and those unemployed.
Social welfare payments will increase by €12 each week with effect from the beginning of January.

Please note * The once off payment of €400 to those people getting Disability Allowance, Invalidity Pension, Blind Pension and/or Carer’s Support Grant, is only payable in respect of one payment, even if people qualify for more than one of the payments or are caring for more than one person.

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€450 To Be Removed From Electricity Bills.

The Good News: More than two million households will see €150 taken off their electricity bill on December 1st, 2023. January 1st 2024 and March 1st, 2024.

The Bad News: The current coalition government will continue to use taxpayers money, which should be spent on health and other public services, in order to support extortionate prices being charged by unscrupulous power suppliers.
Time to check your attic for the hydrocarbon fuelled heater and that John Tilly lamp, before returning them to full use, while the government pays your low charge ESB bill.

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Strike Action By Health & Community Care Workers Averted. 

A promised strike by some 5,000 community healthcare staff and social care workers from 19 organisations has been averted, following an 8% pay offer made, after long drawn out talks, late last night.

Strike Action By Health & Community Care Workers Averted.

Workers at Daughters Of Charity Child and Family Service, DePaul Ireland, Ardeen Cheshire Ireland, Ability West, Co-action West Cork, Cobh Hospital, Don Bosco Care and Enable Ireland, Family Resource Centres, the Irish Wheelchair Association, Kerry Parents and Friends, St Catherine’s Association, St Joseph’s Foundation, St Luke’s Nursing Home, and the Western Care Association were all due to hold future stoppages.

Talks between the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, the Department of Health and the ICTU group of unions, have now agreed to recommend that the new pay offer be accepted, same having been brokered at the Workplace Relations Commission.

The new deal will include a 3% pay rise backdated to April 1st 2023; another 2% on November 1st 2023 and a further 3% on March 1st also this year.

Further discussions on a key demand to link pay to public servant’s wages are also proposed as part of this agreement, with the government acknowledging that workers pay in section 39, section 56 and section 10 organisations had fallen behind equivalent and comparable grades in public service organisations.

The Workplace Relations Commission will now convene the parties, to the agreement, before December 1st, 2023

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Ireland Winning Economic Pentathlon.

According to ‘The Economist’, latter a British weekly newspaper printed in magazine format and published digitally; Ireland is winning the EU ‘economic pentathlon’.
The publication which focuses on current affairs, international business, politics, technology and culture.
considers Ireland the best prepared country to face an economic downturn and best situated to drive long-term growth.

Image courtesy ‘The Economist’ newspaper.

They state that European economies are in for a future troubling few years, while Germany is probably already in recession.

The European Commission is forecasting growth of just 0.8% for the EU as a whole, this year, and possibly a little more next year, 2024.
Inflation is declining very slowly, which prompted the European Central Bank (ECB) to raise its rates yet again at its last September meeting.
‘The Economist’ newspaper claims that overall business confidence continues to worsen, resulting in the European Commission asking the ECB’s former boss, Mr Mario Draghi, to now come up with a plan to strengthen Europe’s economy.

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An Garda Síochána’s Plans For €10 million Overtime Allocation.

The press release today issued by Fine Gael Minister for Justice Mrs Helen McEntee: it’s all just about future voter optics.
Would this €10 million not have been better spent invested in health issues like Limerick University Hospital, which has been historically under funded by successive Fianna Fáil & Fianna Gael led governments?
Why didn’t Minister for Justice Mrs Helen McEntee just give €1 million to those who are walking the streets of Dublin, currently causing a state of disorder, due to the total absence of authority and parental control?
Same funding could have been granted on condition that these rude, crude, uneducated, and uncivilized, barbarous persons stay off the streets of Dublin!

  • Increased deployment of public order unit and other specialist units in Dublin City Centre.
  • Overtime will provide up to 48,500 extra Garda hours per month across all Dublin Garda Divisions
  • Days of Action to be held across Dublin, by Gardaí.

The Minister for Justice, Mrs Helen McEntee TD, has welcomed details announced by Ms Angela Willis, Assistant Garda Commissioner for the Dublin Metropolitan Region, of how the additional €10 million allocation to An Garda Síochána will be used to bolster high visibility policing in Dublin city.

Minister McEntee last month announced the additional funding for Garda overtime, to increase high visibility policing in the Dublin Metropolitan Region.

The Minister is committed to ensuring Dubliners working and living in our capital, and those who visit the city, are safe and feel safe. An enhanced visible policing presence is central to achieving this objective and Minister McEntee is in regular contact with An Garda Síochána in this regard.

She welcomed the detail provided today by Assistant Commissioner Willis on how the additional €10 million is being spent, and will be spent, to provide consistent high visibility policing in the capital.

This includes:

Increased deployment of the Garda National Public Order Unit in the city centre, with €2m of the €10million dedicated to increased public order capacity
An enhanced visible Garda presence at strategic locations in Dublin city centre
Uniformed Gardaí supported in the city centre by the Garda Air Support Unit, the Garda Mounted Unit, the Garda Dog Unit, Regional Armed Response Units, and Road Policing Units to enhance visibility in the city centre
Planned days of high impact operations in the city centre and across all DMR divisions
High visibility patrols on the transport network and near transport services
An enhanced Operation Citizen, including a focus on tackling street level drug dealing, anti-social behaviour and the seizure of alcohol in the city centre

Minister McEntee said: “As Minister for Justice I am committed to ensuring that Gardaí have the resources they need to build stronger, safer communities. This additional funding will help with the Garda commitment to continue to protect Dublin communities and ensure that the city is a safe place for all to live, work and visit. I am pleased that the plans now in place by the Garda Commissioner, Assistant Commissioner Willis and Garda management will deliver high visibility policing in the capital to support safety in Dublin.
While policing alone cannot solve many of the factors which contribute to criminality or people feeling unsafe, high visibility policing is crucial to providing reassurance for all who live in, work in or visit our capital city.
I also look forward in the coming weeks to launching the Community Safety Plan for Dublin’s north inner city. This plan, drawn up by the Community Safety Partnership which I established, recognises that increasing safety is not just the responsibility of An Garda Síochána alone.
It also requires significant input from the local community and other State services, such as local authorities, health, education and others.
But nobody knows better than local communities how to increase safety in their areas – and that is why the community is centrally involved in drawing up these plans
.”

The North Inner City Local Community Safety Partnerships (LCSPs) is one of three pilots established by Minister McEntee, ahead of the rollout of the partnerships locally next year. The Dublin LCSP is due to publish its Community Safety Plan in the coming weeks.

Minister McEntee added: “In the coming weeks, I will also announce the latest round of funding grants under the Community Safety Innovation fund, which I established to reinvest the ill-gotten proceeds of crime as seized by the Criminal Assets Bureau into local projects to improve community safety.”

Budget 2023 also reflects the commitment of Government to ensuring that our communities are safe and that An Garda Síochána has the resources required to operate effectively. The budget provided by Government to the Garda Commissioner continues to increase to unprecedented levels, with an allocation of more than €2 billion for 2023.

Minister McEntee said that Garda recruitment is now accelerating after a Covid enforced pause, with new classes both entering and graduating from the Garda College in Templemore every three months.

The Minister said: “We are seeing numbers consistently increase in Templemore. 135 trainees entered the training college in February and another 154 in May. Another class of 174, the largest class since Covid, entered the college at the end of July, continuing the building momentum in recruitment.
100 new Gardaí have attested so far this year; another 470 will be in active training – and two more classes are due into Templemore in October and December. And I also look forward to attending the graduation of the next class in October, as well as working with colleagues in Government to ensure this strong pipeline of recruits is maintained.

Along with Minister of State James Browne (Fianna Fáil), I am also committed to further expanding the number of Youth Diversion Programmes, which do hugely valuable work, across the country.”

Through the Youth Justice Strategy 2021-2027 the Department of Justice is broadening and deepening the services provided by the network of Youth Diversion Projects across the State.

This puts a focus on Early Intervention and Family Support programmes for children at risk, as well as access to appropriate Education, Training and Youth Services.

The Department of Justice is currently funding eight Youth Diversion Projects covering the Dublin City Centre area (specifically Dublin 1, 7 and 8) and is committed to expanding the number of YDPs across the country.

Funding for Youth Diversion Projects is provided by the Department of Justice and co-financed by the European Social Fund’s ESF+ Programme.

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