If you wish to have your tax affairs dealt with through Irish, you can let Revenue know by contacting your local Tax Office or emailing your request to email@example.com.
An initiative called International Experience Canada (IEC) offers Canadian visas to Irish citizens aged between 18-35. In 2014, the IEC initiative with Ireland has three categories:
Irish citizens can participate in IEC once for up to 24 months in either the Working Holiday or Young Professionals category; and if you are eligible, you can also participate for up to 12 months in the International Co-op (Internship) category. The combined duration cannot be more than 36 months.
The Department of Education and Skills carries out different types of inspections in schools and centres for education. Types of inspection include whole school evaluations in primary and post-primary schools, subject inspections in post-primary schools and programme evaluations in post-primary schools.
Thursday 6 March is World Book Day. World Book Day is a day set aside every year to celebrate reading, books, authors and illustrators. It’s marked in more than 100 countries around the world.
The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government intends to review and update the Development Management Guidelines for Planning Authorities 2007. The Department will also consider whether changes should be made to the planning application process and the exempted development provisions. Comments or submissions are invited by Friday 14 March.
Schools in Ireland must open for 183 days per year at primary level and 167 days per year at post-primary level. Dates for the start and the end of the school year are not standardised so schools have some discretion about when students finish school in the summer and when they start school in the autumn. All schools are closed for July and most (or all) of August.
Dates for Christmas, Easter and mid-term breaks are standardised. In 2014 all schools will close on Friday 11 April, which will be the final day of the school term (unless changes are required to make up for time lost due to unforeseen school closures). If this is the case a school authority may reduce the length of the Easter break by remaining open up to and including Wednesday 16 April 2014. All schools will re-open on Monday 28 April 2014.
Revenue have announced that people who are not up to date with their Local Property Tax liabilities (which includes any unpaid Household Charge) can pay any outstanding tax before 31 March 2014 without interest or penalties.
If you are a residential property owner and you have:
you have until 31 March 2014 to bring your LPT affairs (including the Household Charge) up to date and avoid interest or penalties.
You can also call the LPT helpline on 1890 200 255.
During the AONTAS Adult Learners’ Festival over 300 free learning events will take place around the country from Monday 24 February until Saturday 1 March .
Events include open days providing information about course opportunities, talks and seminars on a range of subjects, practical demonstrations about everything from DIY to Skype, and tours of historic and cultural institutions. Adults will showcase their learning through exhibitions of crafts, art and poetry, or will speak about the positive impact that learning has had on their lives. You can find a full listing of events by visiting adultlearnersfestival.com.
I am getting Invalidity Pension. Will my payment be increased when I reach 65 years of age later this year?
No. As a result of changes announced in Budget 2014, the higher payment at age 65 is no longer made.
Invalidity Pension is a weekly payment for people who cannot work because of a long-term illness or disability and who are covered by social insurance (PRSI). From 2 January 2014, in line with the abolition of the State Pension (Transition), the higher weekly Invalidity Pension rate of €230.30, paid when claimants reached age 65, has been discontinued. Previously, at age 65 the rate of payment increased to the same rate as the State Pension (Transition).
The rate now payable to people aged 65 (and under) is €193.50 per week. This change applies to those claiming Invalidity Pension who reach their 65th birthday on 2 January 2014 or later. Existing 65-year-old claimants are not affected by the change.
People who are getting Invalidity Pension (existing and new recipients) will continue to be automatically transferred to State Pension (Contributory) at age 66 and they will then receive a weekly rate of €230.30.
There is also a change to the weekly rate payable to some qualified adults of those claiming Invalidity Pension. For those qualified adults who reach their 66th birthday on or after 2 January 2014, the weekly rate payable has been standardised at €138.10 per week. Existing qualified adults who reached the age of 66 before 2 January 2014 are not affected by the change.
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Tá Pinsean Easláinte á fháil agam. An méadófar m’íocaíocht nuair a bhainfidh mé 65 bliain d’aois amach níos déanaí i mbliana?
Ní mhéadófar. Mar thoradh ar athruithe a fógraíodh i mBuiséad 2014, ní dhéantar an íocaíocht níos airde ag aois 65 a thuilleadh.
Íocaíocht sheachtainiúil is ea an Pinsean Easláinte do dhaoine nach n-oibríonn mar gheall ar ghalar nó míchumas fadtéarmach agus atá cumhdaithe ag árachas sóisialach (ÁSPC). Ón 2 Eanáir 2014 ar aghaidh, ar aon dul le cealú an Phinsin Stáit (Aistriú), cuireadh deireadh leis an ráta níos airde seachtainiúil €230.30 den Phinsin Easláinte a d’íoctaí nuair a bhainfeadh éilitheoirí 65 bliain d’aois amach. Roimhe seo, ag aois 65, dhéantaí ráta na híocaíochta a mhéadú chuig an ráta céanna leis an bPinsean Stáit (Aistriú).
Is é an ráta atá iníoctha anois le daoine atá 65 bliain d’aois (agus faoina bhun) €193.50 sa tseachtain. Cuirtear an t-athrú seo i bhfeidhm orthu siúd a bhfuil an Pinsean Easláinte á éileamh acu a bhaineann a 65ú breithlá amach an 2 Eanáir 2014 nó níos déanaí. Ní dhéanann an t-athrú seo aon difear d’éilitheoirí atá 65 bliain d’aois cheana.
Leanfar le daoine a bhfuil an Pinsean Easláinte á fháil acu (faighteoirí reatha agus nua) a aistriú go huathoibríoch chuig an bPinsean Stáit (Ranníocach) ag aois 66 agus gheobhaidh siad ráta seachtainiúil €230.30 ag an tráth sin.
Rinneadh athrú, chomh maith, ar an ráta seachtainiúil atá iníoctha le roinnt daoine fásta cáilithe díobh siúd a bhfuil an Pinsean Easláinte á éileamh acu. I gcás na ndaoine fásta cáilithe siúd a bhaineann a 66ú breithlá amach an 2 Eanáir 2014 nó ina dhiaidh sin, rinneadh an ráta seachtainiúil atá iníoctha a chaighdeánú ag €138.10 sa tseachtain. Ní dhéanann an t-athrú seo aon difear do dhaoine fásta cáilithe reatha a bhain aois 66 amach roimh an 2 Eanáir 2014.