The new Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) will benefit those households who require assistance with their housing needs. HAP is a new payment designed to replace rent supplement for people who qualify for social housing support. It will ensure that all long-term housing support is accessed through each local authority, rather than the current fractured system […]

Fiona McLoughlin Healy welcomes developments in Ireland’s anti-smoking policy

Fine Gael Councillor Fiona McLoughlin HEALY has welcomed the publication of the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill 2014 which will introduce plain packaging for tobacco products. “Ireland is the first EU country to introduce plain packaging for tobacco, and is really leading the way.  Ireland is only the third country in the world […]

Publication of Vehicle Clamping Bill 2014

The Government has approved publication of the Vehicle Clamping Bill. The Bill will now go to the Dáil and Seanad for second stage debate.   Up until now, clamping was regulated on public roads but there was no regulation on clamping on private land.  This Bill, if enacted, will address that. The principal provisions of […]

FAQ: Medical Card Initiative

  ·         The legislative basis for the medical card scheme is the 1970 Health Act. This provides for the granting of medical cards on the basis of undue financial hardship. In other words, by law, access is governed by a means test. ·        During the course of the economic crisis very […]