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From 1 January 2023, you have a right to 3 days’ sick pay a year. This is called statutory sick pay (that means the legal minimum). Sick pay is paid by your employer at 70% of your normal pay up to a maximum of €110 a day.

From 23 January 2023, you will have the option to sit a 45-minute computer-based test to renew your safe pass.

The Accommodation Recognition Payment has increased to €800 per month. The first payment at the new rate will be made on 10 January 2023.

All remaining COVID-19 restrictions on visiting someone in prison have been removed.

Free contraception for women aged 26 will be available from 1 January 2023. The free scheme is currently available to women aged 17 to 25.

Parents who are paying for their children’s accommodation while they are at college can qualify for the new Rent Tax Credit.

Home carers can now apply for a General Employment Permit. They must be earning at least €27,000 per year and either have a Level 5 qualification, or get one within 2 years.

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The Commission for the Regulation of Utilities has announced measures to protect gas and electricity customers this winter.

The minimum wage will increase to €11.30 per hour for workers aged 20 and over from 1 January 2023.

Workers will have an entitlement to 3 days of paid sick leave from 1 January 2023.

All women aged between 17-25 living in Ireland are now eligible for free contraception and associated services such as GP visits.

From 1 October 2022, the maximum income limit for local authority housing for a single person will increase from €25,000 to €30,000 in Carlow, Clare, Laois, Westmeath and Galway county. 

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