Landlords, tenants and Irish Water registration

Irish Water has launched a new campaign asking owners of multiple properties to confirm their property details. If the property is occupied, landlords can now provide names of the tenants. Irish Water will then contact the tenants and ask them to provide their details.

This will ensure that the bill for water services is issued to the person getting the service. In general the occupier of a property is liable to pay the new domestic water charges. For rented properties, the tenant is the occupier and is responsible for paying the water charges. If a property is vacant the owner is responsible.

 Read more about water charges in our document.

Voting in Ireland

If you are an Irish citizen, you have the right to vote in all referenda and elections in Ireland. To exercise that right, you must ensure that your name has been entered on the Electoral Register.

If you are resident in Ireland but not an Irish citizen, you also have the right to vote in some elections. The type of election you can vote in depends on your citizenship.

  • British citizens may vote in Dáil, European and local elections
  • Other EU citizens may vote in European and local elections
  • Non-EU citizens can vote in local elections only

However if you are an Irish citizen living abroad you cannot be entered on the Register of Electors. This means that you cannot vote in an election or referendum here in Ireland. (The only exception to this is in the case of Irish officials on duty abroad (and their spouses or civil partners) who may register on the postal voters list).

Find out more about registering to vote

What do weather warnings mean?

Weather warnings are presented in three categories:

STATUS YELLOW – Weather Alert – Be Aware

YELLOW level weather alerts notify those who are at risk because of their location and/or activity, and allow them to take preventative action. YELLOW level weather alerts are for weather conditions that do not pose an immediate threat to the general population, but only to those exposed to risk by nature of their location and/or activity.

STATUS ORANGE – Weather Warning – Be Prepared

An ORANGE level weather warning is for weather conditions that can impact significantly on people in the affected areas. People in the affected areas should prepare themselves for the anticipated conditions.

STATUS RED – Severe Weather Warning – Take Action

The issue of RED level severe weather warnings should be a comparatively rare event. Following the issue of a RED alert people should take action to protect themselves and/or their properties; this could be by moving their families out of the danger zone temporarily; by staying indoors; or by other specific actions aimed at mitigating the effects of the weather conditions.

You can visit Met Éireann for a detailed explanation of weather warnings; when they are issued and the criteria for each warning level.

Find out about the Ombudsman for Children

The Ombudsman for Children (OCO) is a quasi-judicial body with a mandate to accept and investigate complaints about how the State is providing services or making decisions about children. The OCO can:

Find out more about the work of the Ombudsman for Children. 

Need help to quit smoking?

If you would like to quit smoking in 2015 the HSE has a new QUIT personal support service to help you – providing a team of trained advisors, interactive digital tools, empathy and support. The service is free.

Quitters are offered a 20 minute phone consultation, which can be scheduled for any convenient time, where their own smoking habits, triggers and reasons to QUIT are analysed. If the smoker is ready to quit they set the date. The quit team calls on that date and once a week for the first 4 weeks. There are follow-up calls at 3 months and 12 months.

Contact the team on Freephone 1800 201 203, Freetext QUIT to 50100, tweet @hseQUITteam or join the Facebook page: facebook.com/HSEquit.

Visit the website at quit.ie.

 

 

 

It’s Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day 2015 is celebrated around the world on Tuesday, 10 February 2015. It started as an EU initiative but is now celebrated in more than 100 countries.

The theme for the day is “Let’s create a better internet together”. The day is used to promote safer, more responsible use of online technology and mobile devices, particularly among children and teenagers.Webwise and the PDST Technology in Education coordinates and promotes Safer Internet Day celebrations in Ireland.

Find out what’s happening in Ireland to mark the day at saferinternetday.ie.

Follow the hashtags  and  on twitter.

JobsPlus Youth

JobsPlus is a employer incentive which encourages and rewards employers who employ jobseekers on the Live Register. It is designed to encourage employers and businesses to employ people who have been out of work for long periods.

Since 1 January 2015, under JobsPlus Youth, the qualifying period for JobsPlus for jobseekers aged under 25 has been reduced to 4 months. It remains at 12 months for other jobseekers. Eligible young people will be given certification that they qualify for the JobsPlus subsidy and they can use this when applying for jobs.

Read more about JobsPlus.

Visit phonesmart.ie to find out about premium rate services

Premium rate services are goods and services that you can buy by charging the cost to your landline or mobile phone. They typically offer information and entertainment services.

ComReg (the Commission for Communications Regulation) is the independent regulator of phone-paid/premium rate services in Ireland and operates through a strict Code of Practice, which all service providers in Ireland must comply with.

Visit phonesmart.ie to find out how to stop unwanted texts, check the costs of services and identify charges on your bill.