Students in the asylum protection system to gain access to student supports

From 1 September 2015, students in the asylum protection system will have access to student supports in line with the current Student Grant Scheme.

Students will have to meet the following criteria:

  • Meet the definition of a protection applicant or a person at leave to remain stage (other than those at the deportation order stage);
  • Obtained their Leaving Certificate;
  • Have been accepted on an approved Post Leaving Certificate course or an approved undergraduate course;
  • Have attended a minimum of five academic years in the Irish school system, as at 31st August 2015; and
  • Have been part of an application for protection or at leave to remain stage (other than those at the deportation order stage) for a combined period of 5 years as at 31st August 2015.

Find out more on the website of the Department of Education and Skills.

Water Conservation Grant

A new Water Conservation Grant of €100 will be paid to eligible households from September 2015. To be eligible you must have registered with Irish Water before 30 June 2015.

You must apply online for the grant and the application facility is open from 18 August 2015.

However you cannot apply for your grant until you have received a letter from the Department. This letter includes information you need to make your online application.

You should get this letter between 18 August and the end of September 2015.

Find out more on watergrant.ie.

Renting out a room in your home

If you rent out a room (or rooms) in your home to private tenants, any rental income you earn will be exempt from income tax, PRSI and Universal Social Charge, provided this income does not exceed €12,000 in the tax year. This is called the rent-a-room relief.

The relief applies only to residential tenancies, not to short-term guest arrangements. Your tenants must be using the room on a long-term basis. For example, renting a room to a student for the academic year is covered, but taking in guests for short breaks is not.

Read more about rent a room relief.

Appealing your Leaving Certificate results

If you are not satisfied with the marks in one or more of your Leaving Certificate exams, you can appeal them to the State Examinations Commission (SEC). Before you make the decision to appeal a result, you can view your exam paper.

If you decide to appeal your results, you indicate the subjects you wish to appeal on the appeal application form and you pay the appeal fee. Your application to appeal your 2015 results must be received by Wednesday 2 September 2015.

Your paper will be re-marked by an appeal examiner, who will be different from the examiner who originally marked your work. The same marking scheme is used for re-marking. Your result may be upgraded, left the same or downgraded as a result of an appeal.

Read more about appealing your results.

Leaving Certificate results – good luck!

Leaving Certificate results are available in schools today – Wednesday, 12 August 2015

The State Examinations Commission (SEC) will also give all the results electronically to the CAO. This means that the CAO can process applications for entry to higher education as quickly as possible.

You can also access your examination result online using a Personal Identification Number (PIN) and your examination number from 12 noon today. Your PIN will be made available through your school or direct to you if you entered as an external candidate. The Internet Result Service is intended as an alternative service, if for some reason, you are unable to get your results from your school.

Find out more on the website of the State Examinations Commission.

The SEC operates a helpline for schools. The National Parent’s Council (Post-Primary) also provides advice and guidance for candidates and parents, staffed by professional guidance counsellors.

The Freephone number for both helplines is 1800 265 165.

They both operate for one week following the issue of results (from 12 August 2015).

 

Horse road safety booklet

Horses that use public roads must follow the Rules of the Road in the same way as other users – whether they are being driven, ridden or led. The Road Safety Authority and Horse Sport Ireland have collaborated on a new booklet on horse safety on the road. It also gives advice to other road users on how to treat horses on the road.

Read the booklet (pdf). 

 

 

Income tax self-assessment

People who are required to make an income tax return must file their 2014 tax return and pay their liabilities on or before 31 October 2015. Under the self-assessment obligations it is your responsibility to calculate your own tax liabilities and complete the self-assessment section of the Form 11 tax return. If you file your Form 11 on or before 31 August 2015, Revenue will calculate the tax, PRSI and Universal Social Charge (USC) liabilities on your behalf.

This greatly simplifies the process. Earlier filing of a tax return does not mean that you have to pay your liability any earlier; the final payment date is still 31 October.

Read more about self-assessment from Revenue.