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Public in-patient and day service hospital fees were abolished on 17 April 2023. This means that the daily charge for staying in hospital for public patients no longer applies from this date.

All primary school pupils will qualify for free schoolbooks from the start of the 2023/24 school year. Schoolbooks must be returned by the end of the school year.

From September 2023, the Hot School Meals Programme will be extended to all DEIS primary schools. In 2024, the programme will be introduced in phases to remaining primary schools.

An extra payment of €200 will be paid to anyone who gets a social welfare payment that qualifies for the Christmas Bonus or the Working Family Payment in the week starting 24 April 2023.

The Citizens’ Assembly on drug use has held its first meeting.

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New rules on how workplaces must share tips, gratuities and service charges amongst employees come into force on 1 December 2022.

If you paid the student contribution, you may be entitled to a partial refund. This is because the student contribution was reduced for this year as part of Budget 2023. You must provide your college with bank details by Wednesday 30 November 2022.

The Christmas Bonus will be paid in the week starting on 5 December 2022.

The deadline to choose your payment method for the 2023 Local Property Tax is:

  • 2 December 2022, if you spread your payments over the year
  • 10 January 2023, if you pay in a single payment

If you already pay using a recurring method such as direct debit, this will continue for 2023, unless you change it.

Local authorities have launched an appeal for unoccupied properties to house people fleeing the war in Ukraine. A tax-free recognition payment of €400 per month is available for each property used. This will increase to €800 from 1 December 2022.

A new Irish Sign Language (ISL) scheme for children who are Deaf and are attending primary school, post-primary school or special school and whose main means of communication is using Irish Sign Language is now in place.

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