You can now apply for a Passport Card

A new Irish passport card is now available. It can be used by Irish citizens for travel within the European Union and the European Economic Area. The passport card is a credit-card sized card with a photograph of the holder. It is valid for 5 years (or the time remaining on your passport).

All Irish citizens who are over 18 years and hold a valid Irish passport can apply for a passport card. You can apply online or through the free app from anywhere in the world. The fee for a Passport Card is €35. There will be an additional €5 postal fee if you live outside Ireland.

Apply online for a Passport Card at passportcard.dfa.ie. 

Have you applied for the Water Conservation Grant?

Tomorrow, Thursday 8 October, is the last day for applications. You can apply online at watergrant.ie. If you do not have internet access or a bank account, you can telephone the Water Conservation Grant Support Team and they will make arrangements for you.

The contact details for the Water Conservation Grant Support Team are:

  • Telephone: 0761 087 890
  • Locall: 1890 100 043

The lines will be open until 10pm tonight, Wednesday, 7 September 2015 and from 8.30am until midnight on Thursday 8 September 2015.

Read our document on the Water Conservation Grant to find out more.

New employment rights enforcement structures

A two-tier employment rights and industrial relations structure is now in place – from 1 October 2015.

The Workplace Relations Act, 2015 provides the legislative basis for the new structures and associated processes. The legislation provides for the services of the Equality Tribunal, National Employment Rights Authority (NERA), the Labour Rights Commission (LRC) and the first instance functions of the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) to come together under the remit of the Workplace Relations Commission. The appellate functions of the EAT are amalgamated into a reconfigured Labour Court.

All first instance or initial complaints will be made to the Workplace Relations Commission. Three options for resolving complaints are now available – early resolution, inspection and adjudication.

Read more about employment rights enforcement in our overview. 

Find out more about the revised Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court.

Postal services

An Post have advised customers not to post letters or parcels until further notice.

An Post’s retail services are not affected but an Post’s Passport Express Service has been suspended temporarily. If you need to apply for a passport  you can book an appointment in either Dublin or Cork through the Passport Appointment Booking Service.

The Department of Social Protection have issued a statement to say that contingency arrangements for social welfare payments that are paid by cheque will be put in place if the strike continues until next week.