Online Revenue services will be unavailable between 7pm and 9pm on Saturday 27 October 2018, due to essential maintenance work. You will not be able to use online services for Local Property Tax, vehicle registration, ROS and myAccount during this time.
Monday 29 October 2018 is a public holiday. If you normally work on a Monday, you are entitled to either:
- A paid day off on the public holiday
- A paid day off within a month of the public holiday
- An additional day’s pay
- An additional day’s annual leave
If you do not normally work on a Monday, then you are entitled to one-fifth of your normal weekly wage for that day.
Part-time employees qualify for public holiday entitlement if they have worked at least 40 hours during the 5 weeks ending on the day before a public holiday.
If you are voting tomorrow, remember that political activity is strictly prohibited at polling stations on polling day.
You cannot display or distribute campaign materials, or canvass in any form.
The prohibition also applies in the grounds of the polling station and within 50 metres of the entrance. It will be in effect while polling is open and for half an hour before and afterwards, meaning from 6:30 am to 10:30 pm on Friday, 26 October 2018.
If you are registered to vote in the presidential election and referendum on 26 October 2018, you should have received a polling card at your home address .
Your polling card states your elector number and the name of the polling station where you are to vote. It will also have a formal statement explaining what the election and referendum are about.
If you haven’t received a polling card by 26 October, you can still vote at your local polling station as long as you are registered to vote. You can check this on checktheregister.ie.
You should bring a valid form of personal identification, such as your passport, driving licence, student card with photo etc., when you go to vote. Your polling card is not accepted as a valid form of ID. There is a full list on referendum.ie.
The Referendum Commission has published information about the referendum.
There are several arrangements in place to enable people with certain disabilities to exercise their voting rights. Read about these arrangements in our document on facilities for voters with disabilities.
If you are blind or vision impaired, you can use a tactile ballot paper template to vote independently in the presidential election on 26 October 2018. You can use a separate ballot paper template to vote in the referendum on the same day. The templates will be available in all polling stations.
The Government has launched a public consultation to inform the development of a new National Digital Strategy. The consultation allows people to identify the priorities and issues they want addressed in the Strategy.
You can make a submission by completing the consultation survey on taoiseach.gov.ie.
The consultation closes on 23 November 2018.
My car is due an NCT soon. Have the NCT rules changed recently?
Yes, recent changes to the National Car Test include how defects are classified and how vintage vehicles are treated.
All cars over 4 years old must take the NCT. If your car is liable for testing, it is an offence to drive your car without displaying a National Car Testing Service (NCTS) disc.
How regularly your car is tested depends on its age. The test must be repeated:
- Every 2 years, if your car is over 4 years and less than 10 years old
- Every year, if your car is over 10 years, but less than 30 years old
- Every 2 years, if your car is between 30 and 39 years old and you are not using it for commercial purposes (this used to be every year)
Since 13 August 2018, defects identified during the NCT are classified as minor, major or dangerous.
Minor: the vehicle has passed the test with minor faults. These faults must be repaired and the car must be re-inspected by the NCTS before you can get an NCT certificate.
Major: (previously fail refusal): the vehicle has failed the test. You must get it repaired and have it re-inspected by the NCTS within 30 days. If it passes re-inspection, you will get an NCT certificate.
Dangerous: (previously fail dangerous): the vehicle has failed due to a dangerous defect that poses a direct or immediate risk to road safety. The NCTS will put a ‘failed dangerous’ sticker on it. It is illegal to drive a vehicle with a dangerous defect.
I heard that there is a new grant scheme for installing solar panels in your home. How does the scheme work and do I qualify?
The Solar PV scheme gives grants to install solar photovoltaic (PV) panels and a battery energy storage system at your home. This means you can generate and use renewable electricity in your home and reduce your electricity costs. The Solar PV scheme is a pilot scheme administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
To qualify for a grant you must:
- Be the owner of a home built and occupied before 2011 (or a home constructed after 2011 that was built to the 2008 Building Regulations)
- Use new materials and products that were not already covered under another grant programme
- Use a registered contractor from the SEAI’s Renewable Installers Register for Solar PV
- Have the electrical work completed by a Safe Electric Ireland electrician
- Apply to be connected to the electricity distribution system using the ESB Networks NC6 form (pdf)
- Have a Building Energy Rating (BER) carried out after the work is completed
- Agree to participate in SEAI research about the scheme
The grant covers materials and labour, unless you are a contractor doing the work in your own home. In this case only the cost of the materials is covered.
When the SEAI payment system opens (in October 2018) you can claim your grant online and it will be paid directly into your bank account.
The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection has apologised to people who are having problems with Illness Benefit payments.
If you are affected by these issues, you can call the Department’s helpline at (01) 704 3300 or 1890 928 400 or else email email@example.com.
I am pregnant but I have only been working with my employer for a few weeks. Am I entitled to maternity leave?
If you are pregnant while in employment, you are entitled to maternity leave, regardless of how long you have been working for the organisation or the number of hours worked per week. You can also take additional unpaid maternity leave. The Maternity Protection Acts 1994 and 2004 provide your statutory minimum entitlements in relation to maternity at work, including maternity leave.
You are entitled to 26 weeks’ maternity leave. You can also take up to 16 weeks’ additional unpaid maternity leave, which begins immediately after the end of maternity leave.
Under the Maternity Protection (Amendment) Act 2004, you must take at least 2 weeks before the end of the week of your baby’s expected birth and at least 4 weeks after. You can decide how you would like to take the remaining weeks. Generally, employees take 2 weeks before the birth and the remaining weeks after. If you qualify for Maternity Benefit (see below) you must take at least 2 and no more than 16 weeks before the end of the week the baby is due.
Your entitlement to pay and superannuation during maternity leave depends on the terms of your contract of employment. Employers are not obliged to pay you if you are on maternity leave. You may qualify for Maternity Benefit from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection if you have enough PRSI contributions.
However, your contract with your employer could provide for additional rights to payment during the leave period, so that, for example, you could receive full pay less the amount of your Maternity Benefit.