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New assessment service in Mayo for those with an acquired brain injury

Acquired Brain Injury Ireland is pleased to announce the launch of a new and unique vocational assessment service in Castlebar, to assist individuals with an acquired brain injury get back to work, training or education.

Men of absolutely no importance

ALAN MCMONAGLE spectacularly succeeds where most short story writers fail: he creates characters who, however unlikely the scenario may initially appear, by the end of the first page he has the reader convinced such people definitely exist and should, for the most part, be avoided at all costs.

Galway’s homeless are homeless longer than they should be, says COPE

Many people in Galway city are ending up homeless for much longer than they need to be, according to COPE Galway, which is calling on the Department of Social Protection to urgently address these shortcomings of the Rent Supplement system by increasing cap levels, simplifying the application process, and allowing social protection officers to have discretionary powers to respond to exceptional circumstances that may arise.

Progress on tackling social welfare appeals backlog - McFadden

Local Fine Gael TD Nicky McFadden says that further progress needs to be made on tackling the social welfare appeals backlog. Deputy McFadden raised the issue with Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton, requesting an update on current efforts to reduce the social welfare appeals backlog.

Eighty nine new jobs were created in the Mayo Gaeltacht

A total of 89 new jobs were created in the Mayo Gaeltacht in 2012, a net gain of 36 new jobs on the previous year. This was revealed in a statement issued by Anna Ní Ghallachair, chairperson, and Steve Ó Cúláin, chief executive, Údarás na Gaeltachta.

College study shows older people are feeling the pinch of recession, despite the myths

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A new report suggests that many older people are experiencing real hardship during Ireland’s recession, but that this remains largely hidden from public view. This suggests caution is necessary when interpreting official statistics, which show deprivation and poverty rates for pensioner households to be at an all-time low.

Jobseekers encouraged to avail of temporary work over the Christmas season

The Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, has reassured people getting Jobseeker’s Benefit or Jobseeker’s Allowance from the Department of Social Protection that if they get temporary work over the Christmas period their Jobseeker’s payment will be reinstated without delay when they finish work.

Man withdrew social welfare for friend in Oz

A man who defrauded the Department of Social Protection by collecting social welfare payments by using his friend’s card, who was in Australia, was before Castlebar District Court this week.

Charges struck out for serial theft offender

A woman from Scotland, whom Superintendent Joe Doherty described as “an absolute scourge” to society, had four theft charges struck out at this week’s sitting of Ballina District Court.

Employment law

I read recent media reports about an insolvent business which closed, leaving its employees short on wages. I fear that I may be in a similar situation shortly as my employer’s business is very weak at present. My colleagues and I are owed several weeks wages and I am concerned that my employer will simply be unable to pay my colleagues and I what we are owed. Is it true that a Government-backed fund exists which would come to my aid if my employer closes leaving me short on wages?


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