It’s Go Slow Day

Slow Down Day takes place over 24 hours from 7:00 am on Friday 27 March to 7:00 am on Saturday 28 March 2015.

The aim of Slow Down Day is to reduce the number of speed related collisions, save lives and reduce injuries on our roads.  It is recognised that excessive and inappropriate speed is a major factor in road traffic collisions. Last year saw 196 road fatalities. As a general rule a 1% reduction in average speed will bring about a 4% reduction in fatal collisions, and this is why reducing motorists’ speed is essential to improving road safety.

So, slow down, comply with speed limits and take the conditions into account when choosing how fast to drive.

Visit garda.ie for more information. 

Are you getting Rent Supplement and worried about losing your home?

If you are getting Rent Supplement from the Department of Social Protection and you are at risk of losing your home due to a proposed rent increase, there is support available. You should contact your local office that administers the Supplementary Welfare Allowance Scheme, which includes Rent Supplement, as soon as possible.

If you are living in the Dublin area or in Cork city, you can contact the Tenancy Protection Service, which is run by Threshold. The service can be reached on Freephone 1800 454 454.

Find out about the PolskaÉire festival

PolskaÉire 2015 – the first Polish-Irish Festival runs from 21 to 29 March. An estimated 150,000 members of the Polish community live in Ireland.

Events will be hosted by national institutions, local authorities, community groups, sports clubs and schools throughout the country. They include Polish language classes, a film festival, a food and craft fair and explorations of the links between Ireland and Poland

Visit polskaeirefestival.com for a programme of events. 

Connecting with the Irish Diaspora

Many people living outside Ireland claim Irish heritage and feel a connection to Ireland. The Irish Diaspora is the term used to refer to Irish people living abroad and people of Irish descent. A new policy that recognises the relationship between Ireland and its diaspora and sets out actions to nurture and develop this relationship was recently published:  Global Irish: Ireland’s Diaspora Policy.

Deduction of Local Property Tax

If you selected a Single Debit Authority to pay your local property tax in full for 2015 this payment will be deducted from your bank account on Monday 23 March 2015.

The full amount due for 2015 will be deducted.

The actual due date for payment is Saturday 21 March 2015. However as banks are closed on that date the payment will be deducted on the next available working day which is 23 March 2015.

You should make sure that the necessary funds are available in your bank account so your LPT payment can be processed.  

Public holiday entitlements

St Patrick’s Day is a public holiday. Most employees are entitled to paid leave on public holidays and are entitled to one of the following:

  • A paid day off on the public holiday
  • An additional day of annual leave
  • An additional day’s pay
  • A paid day off within a month of the public holiday

If you work part-time and the public holiday falls on a day you normally work you are entitled to a day’s pay for the holiday (provided you have worked at least 40 hours for that employer in the 5 weeks before the public holiday). If you are required to work that day you are entitled to an additional day’s pay. If you do not normally work on that particular day you should receive one-fifth of your weekly pay. Even if you are never rostered to work on a public holiday you are entitled to one-fifth of your weekly pay as compensation for the public holiday.

Find out more about your entitlement to public holidays.

Submissions on the minimum wage

The Low Pay Commission is seeking the views of anyone with an interest in the minimum wage, as part of a public consultation process. The Low Pay Commission’s remit is to make recommendations to Government in relation to the setting of the national minimum wage, taking an evidence-based approach.

Submissions must be made in writing before the deadline of 5 pm on Monday, 13 April 2015.

You can make a submission via email to secretarylpc@djei.ie or by post to Low Pay Commission, Room 2.01, Davitt House, Adelaide Road, Dublin 2.

Read more about the national minimum wage. 

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Is féile idirnáisiúnta Ghaeilge í Seachtain na Gaeilge. Tá féile na bliana seo ar siúl ón 1–17 Márta 2015.

Tugann an fhéile deis go gach uile dhuine sult a bhaint as an nGaeilge, idir chainteoirí dúchais, fhoghlaimeoirí agus lucht an chúpla focal ar aon, trí fhéilire imeachtaí a chur ar fáil do gach cineál suime agus gach aoisghrúpa.

Is grúpaí deonacha agus pobail, comhairlí áitiúla, scoileanna, leabharlanna, agus eagrais cheoil, spóirt, ealaíon agus chultúrtha a eagraíonn imeachtaí ina gceantar féin do Sheachtain na Gaeilge.