School holidays

All schools will close on Tuesday 22 December 2015, which will be the final day of the school term. All schools will re-open on Wednesday 6 January 2016.

Primary schools will close for half-term on Thursday 18 February 2016 and Friday 19 February 2016. (Primary schools can extend this to a 5-day break from Monday 15 February 2016.) Post-primary schools will close from Monday 15 February 2016 to Friday 19 February 2016.

All schools will close on Wednesday 16 March 2016 for the Easter break and will re-open on Monday 4 April 2016.

Find out more about school terms and holidays. 

Claiming tax refunds for 2011

There is a 4-year time limit for claiming tax refunds. This means that if you have a claim for 2011, you must sent it to Revenue by 31 December 2015.

The quickest, easiest and most convenient way to manage your tax affairs and claim your tax credits is online using PAYE Anytime (or Form 12 for tax years 2013 and 2014). PAYE Anytime and Form 12 are available in Revenue’s new online service myAccount.

If you are already registered for PAYE Anytime, you can log in to myAccount using your existing PAYE Anytime PIN.

Help after a flood

The Department of Social Protection’s Humanitarian Assistance Scheme provides means-tested emergency financial help immediately following flooding. It does not provide compensation for damage. The amount paid depends on how severe the damage is and your ability to meet these costs. The DSP also provides exceptional and urgent needs payments which can help in the aftermath of a flood.

The Office of Public Works (OPW) has a website, flooding.ie, that gives information about what to do before, during and after a flood. Visit flooding.ie to find out more.

The Irish Red Cross Society is administering a scheme to provide emergency humanitarian support to small businesses (under 20 employees) that were unable to secure flood insurance and have been flooded following recent storms. The scheme aims to give help towards the costs of returning business premises to their pre-flood condition including the replacement of flooring, fixtures and fittings and damaged stock. The scheme will not provide a contribution to loss of earnings or loss of business good-will. Read more and find out where to apply from the Irish Red Cross. 

Revenue has announced provisions to help people who have been affected by flooding. If your home has been flooded and you are getting help from the Humanitarian Assistance Scheme, you can apply to have your 2016 LPT payment deferred (even if you do not qualify for deferral under the normal criteria). Contact the LPT Helpline on 1890 200 255 to make the relevant arrangements.

If your business premises have been damaged by floods and you are getting help from the Government Support for Small Business Fund, via the Red Cross, you should contact the Collector-General’s office on 1890 20 30 70 to agree additional time to file returns and make payments or to agree suitable phased payment arrangements.

Find out about the new €20 bank note

A new €20 banknote is now in circulation. The note is the third in the ‘Europa series’ of banknotes. It is the same size and is similar in appearance to the existing note, but has a number of new security features. The existing €20 note remains legal tender, and the new €20 will circulate alongside it.

You can get more information on the new €20 note and the Europa series of banknotes from the Central Bank of Ireland or the ECB’s website: new-euro-banknotes.ie.