Previous Issues of Relate

Previous Issues of Relate - 2017

Relate November 2017
The November issue of Relate describes Budget 2018 in the areas of social welfare, taxation, housing, employment and business, education, child and family support, health, environment, and other announcements.

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Relate October 2017
This issue of Relate describes the new provisions introduced by the Domestic Violence Bill 2017, and the Criminal Justice (Victims of Crime) Bill 2016.

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Relate September 2017
This issue of Relate describes some of the different childcare options now available in Ireland.

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Relate August 2017
This issue of Relate covers data protection and in particular the new European-wide General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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Relate July 2017
This issue of Relate describes the Mediation Bill 2017 and how it establishes mediation as an alternative option to civil proceedings, with the aim of reducing legal costs and speeding up the resolution of disputes.

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Relate June 2017
This issue of Relate describes the Patents Office and the registration and regulation of intellectual property rights.

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Relate May 2017
The May issue of Relate describes the work of the Citizens' Assembly and the Office of the Ombudsman.

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Relate April 2017
The April issue of Relate describes some of the financial and business supports available to someone thinking of starting a business in Ireland.

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Relate March 2017
This issue of Relate describes the International Protection Act 2015 which provides a new procedure for the processing of asylum applications in Ireland.

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Relate February 2017
This issue of Relate describes the Maternity Protection Acts 1994 and 2004, your employment rights during pregnancy, and the Paternity Leave and Benefit Act 2016.

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Relate January 2017
This issue of Relate describes the new Legal Services Regulation Act 2015 and the changes it introduces to how solicitors and barristers are regulated in Ireland.

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Previous Issues of Relate & EU Supplement - 2016

Relate December 2016
The December issue of Relate provides an overview of Irish citizenship and Irish passports.

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Relate November 2016
The November issue of Relate describes Budget 2017 in the areas of social welfare, housing, taxation, employment and business, childcare, education, health and environment.

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Relate October 2016
The October issue of Relate describes Irish and European data protection legislation.

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Relate September 2016
The September issue of Relate covers new legislation regarding Garda vetting and the establishment of the Garda Síochána National Vetting Bureau. It also describes the Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions and Certain Disclosures) Act 2016, changes to GSOC resulting from the Garda Síochána (Amendment) Act 2015, and the functions of new Policing Authority. This issue also describes the main provisions of the EU Victims’ Rights Directive which came into force in Ireland in November 2015.

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Relate August 2016
This issue of Relate provides an overview of nullity, separation, divorce and dissolution in Ireland. It describes the requirements and procedures for the different ways couples can regulate matters between them following the breakdown of a marriage or civil partnership. It also includes information on other issues that should be considered during a separation, divorce or dissolution, for example, custody of and access to children, maintenance, ownership of the family or shared home and pension rights.

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Relate July 2016
This issue of Relate provides an overview of what you need to know if you are planning on buying a house or apartment. It describes what to consider before buying a home such as how to find a property, get a mortgage and the role of your solicitor. It also covers the purchasing process, describing how to buy at auction or by private treaty, the contract for sale, title and co-ownership. Then, it looks at what you need to think about after the sale closes such as mortgage obligations, insurance, local property tax and wills and succession.

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Relate June 2016
This issue of Relate provides an overview of legislation governing the relationship between residential landlords and tenants in Ireland. It describes the Residential Tenancies Acts 2004 and recent reforms to this legislation brought about by the Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Act 2015. It covers changes in relation to rent reviews, notice periods for termination of tenancy, the requirement of landlords to provide proof when terminating a tenancy and the role of the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) in relation to approved housing bodies, the national tenancy register and dispute resolution.

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Relate May 2016
This issue of Relate provides an overview of the Companies Act 2014. It includes details of new company models and how an existing company should transition to these new models. It also covers directors’ duties, law enforcement, insolvency and ending a company under the new Act.

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Relate April 2016
This issue of Relate provides an overview of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015. The Act introduces new decision-making arrangements intended to assist and support people in making decisions about their welfare and property and affairs. It describes new arrangements for Wards of Court and Enduring Power of Attorney and the Act also provides a legislative basis for Advance Healthcare Directives in Ireland for the first time.

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Relate March 2016
This issue of Relate provides an overview of the main schemes and payments for carers. It includes information on social welfare payments for carers, carers leave from employment, maintaining your PRSI record while caring and tax reliefs and credits for carers.

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Relate February 2016
This issue of Relate provides an overview of what you need to know if you are getting married. It includes information on engagements, pre-nuptial agreements, the legal prerequisites for marriage, notification requirements, the types of legal ceremony and registering the marriage.

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Relate January 2016
This issue of Relate covers the fees and supports for third-level education including details of the grants system, grant rates and means-tests, tax reliefs and the Back to Education Allowance scheme.

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Previous Issues of Relate & EU Supplement - 2015

Relate December 2015
This issue provides an overview of things you may need to know after a bereavement, including arranging the funeral, accessing money, claiming social welfare payments and administering the deceased person’s estate.

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Relate November 2015
The November issue of Relate describes Budget 2016 in the areas of social welfare, taxation, housing, employment, childcare, education, health and justice.

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Relate October 2015
The October issue of Relate describes the various housing grants, schemes and tax credits available to homeowners and landlords to adapt or improve their homes. It includes information on the eligibility criteria for housing grants, schemes and tax credits including details of qualifying work, priority applicants, means tests, tax information, grant amounts and how to qualify or claim credits.

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Relate September 2015
The September issue of Relate describes the requirements for driving a car in Ireland. It covers driving tests, learner permits, driving offences and penalties, vehicle standards including the National Car Test (NCT). It also describes motor tax, motor insurance and the disposal of end-of-life vehicles.

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Relate August 2015
The August issue of Relate describes the Regulation of Lobbying Act, which comes into effect on 1 September 2015. The Act means that people who carry on lobbying activities will be obliged to register with the Standards in Public Office Commission and provide information about their lobbying activities.

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Relate July 2015
The July issue of Relate describes the new Consumer Rights Bill. It details current consumer rights and how they may change if this proposed legislation is enacted.

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Relate June 2015
The June issue of Relate describes the Workplace Relations Act 2015 which provides for a range of changes to the bodies and procedures that deal with industrial disputes and breaches of employment legislation. It also contains information on proposed employment legislation including the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Bill 2015 and the National Minimum Wage (Low Pay Commission) Bill 2015.

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Relate May 2015
This issue covers the recent changes to legislation on adoption, guardianship and assisted human reproduction, changes resulting from the Social Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2015, and some changes to the remit of Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission.

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Relate April 2015
The April issue of Relate describes some recent policy developments in the area of housing, including the publication of a new construction strategy and social housing strategy. Other topics covered in this publication include provisions for homeless people, proposals to change planning laws and new rules on how much people may borrow for a mortgage.

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Relate March 2015
The March issue of Relate describes the changes contained in the revised Water Charges Plan published in March 2015, and the new Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. It also contains an update on personal insolvency, and describes the new Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.

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Relate February 2015
The February issue of Relate describes the main social welfare payments for one-parent families, the Civil Registration (Amendment) Act 2014 and new arrangements put in place to deal with insolvent pension schemes.

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Relate January 2015
The January issue of Relate describes the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 which aims to protect people who raise concerns about possible wrongdoing in the workplace, and the Freedom of Information Act 2014.

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EU Supplement 2015
This supplement covers significant recent EU developments in the broad areas of social policy and citizens' rights.

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Previous Issues of Relate & EU Supplement - 2014

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Relate December 2014
The December issue of Relate describes the courts that operate in Ireland, what decisions they make and who makes them. It covers the new Court of Appeal in particular.

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Relate November 2014
The November issue of Relate deals with Budget 2015 measures in the main areas of social welfare, supports for getting back to work, housing, health, education and taxation.

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Relate October 2014
The October issue of Relate covers developments in legislation and services for children.

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Relate September 2014
This issue describes water charges and gives a general description of the customer service standards of Irish Water.

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Relate August 2014
This issue describes the regulation of charities in Ireland.

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Relate July 2014
This issue describes the current situation for rented accommodation in Ireland and the proposed changes to residential tenancies legislation.

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Relate June 2014
This issue of Relate provides an update on legislation in a number of areas including the payment of fines, advance healthcare directives and individual health identifiers.

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Relate May 2014
This issue of Relate describes changes to local government and local government structures brought about by the Local Government Reform Act 2014.

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Relate April 2014
Homelessness is difficult both to define and to measure. In this edition of Relate, we describe the scale of the problem, the policies being pursued and how they are being implemented.

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Relate March 2014
This issue describes the rules that apply to the granting of medical cards and includes information on how income is assessed and how hardship is assessed. It also looks at how decisions are made and gives information on the numbers and costs of medical cards.

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Relate February 2014
This issue of Relate looks at changes brought about by the Social Welfare and Pensions Act 2013 and the Social Welfare and Pensions (No 2) Act 2013. Also, the income tax changes provided for by the Finance (No 2) Act 2013 are described. Further arrangements for the role of Irish Water as provided for by the Water Services Act 2013 are described. There is an overview of changes made to the Housing Adaptation Grants for Older People and People with a Disability and to the Mobility Aids Grant. Finally there is a brief legislation update.

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Relate January 2014
This issue of Relate looks at fees and supports for third-level education, including student fees, the student grant and the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA).

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EU Supplement 2014
This supplement covers significant recent EU developments in the broad areas of social policy and citizens' rights.

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EU Supplement was not published in January 2014.

Previous Issues of Relate & EU Supplement - 2013

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Relate December 2013
This issue of Relate looks at the requirements for driving cars in Ireland, including the driver theory test, learner permits and the practical driving test. It covers driving offences and describes the penalties in place if the law is broken. It also deals with vehicle standards, motor tax, motor insurance and disposal of end-of-life vehicles.

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Relate November 2013
The November issue of Relate deals with Budget 2014 measures in the main areas of social welfare, health services, education and training, housing, small and medium enterprises, supports for investments in business and taxation.

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Relate October 2013
This issue of Relate looks at some of the changes to a number of different laws provided for by the Courts and Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2013. It also reviews some developments in housing, describes changes to nomination procedures for European Parliament elections and to the electoral register and looks at other recent legislation. Changes to the means test for civil legal aid are described. Other items include the Assisted Decision-making (Capacity) Bill 2013 and Child and Family Agency Bill 2013.

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Relate September 2013
This issue of Relate summarises the revised Code of Conduct on Mortgage Arrears (CCMA) which came into effect on 1 July 2013, and emphasises what has changed. It also looks at other developments relating to mortgages and the Central Bank scheme on debt resolution. Other items include repossession of mortgaged property, personal insolvency legislation, regulation of financial services and an outline of the Credit Reporting Bill 2012.

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Relate August 2013
This issue of Relate describes the Social Welfare and Pensions (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2013. This Act makes a number of changes to social welfare and to the Pensions Acts. It also describes the Health (Amendment) Act 2013 and other recent legislation on child care and on reference pricing of prescribed drugs.

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Relate July 2013
This issue of Relate describes the new structures that are being put in place for job placement, training and further education and the main supports that are available to help unemployed people get employment or become self-employed.

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Relate June 2013
The June issue of Relate outlines the main elements of the Personal Insolvency Act 2012 as they apply to debtors.

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Relate May 2013
The May issue of Relate outlines the changes introduced in the Finance Act 2013 and the changes to the rules governing the entitlement of people over the age of 70 to medical cards and GP Visit Cards. It also describes the extension of the remit of the Ombudsman to about 180 additional agencies.

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Relate April 2013
The April issue of Relate covers Local Property Tax.

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Relate March 2013
The March 2013 issue of Relate covers general updates arising out of a significant amount of legislation passed before Christmas 2012.

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Relate February 2013
The February issue of Relate outlines the changes to the original Personal Insolvency Bill, including new rules on the regulation of Personal Insolvency Practitioners (PIPs) and on the role of the courts. An overview of the rules for Rent Supplement is also given.

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Relate January 2013
The January issue of Relate deals with Budget 2013 measures in the main areas of social welfare, health, education and taxation.

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EU Supplement 2013
This supplement covers significant recent EU developments in the broad areas of social policy and citizens' rights.

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Previous Issues of Relate & EU Supplement - 2012

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Relate December 2012
The December 2012 issue of Relate deals with problems that may arise in the urban environment. It covers topics such as doing works on party structures, noise, trees, control of animals and taking estates under the charge of local authorities.

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Relate November 2012
The November issue of Relate gives details of the proposal for the Children Referendum, to be held on 10 November 2012.

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Relate October 2012
The October issue of Relate describes the new Mortgage Arrears Information and Advice Service. It highlights amendments to the Personal Insolvency Bill 2012 and describes the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2012. Changes to entitlement to free or subsidised schemes for gluten -free products are given. There is an update on legislation.

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Relate September 2012
The September issue of Relate reviews a range of housing issues, including the mortgage-to-rent scheme. It describes the change to a five-day basis for payment of Jobseeker's Benefit and outlines the recently published report on Value for Money and Policy Review of Disability Services. It also looks at the levy on insurance policies and legislation and policies on health and children.

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Relate August 2012
The August 2012 issue of Relate describes the proposed new arrangements for dealing with debt set out in the Personal Insolvency Bill 2012. It is likely that further changes will be made to the proposals as they are discussed by the Oireachtas. Elements of the Bill that are reviewed include Debt Relief Notices, Personal Insolvency Practitioners, Debt Settlement Arrangements, Personal Insolvency Arrangements and Bankruptcy. It is expected that the legislation will be passed into law before the end of 2012.

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Relate July 2012
This issue of Relate outlines the main elements of the Student Grant Scheme 2012 including the new centralised application system. It also describes the main features of the Nursing Homes Support Scheme which is currently being reviewed.

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Relate June 2012
The June issue of Relate deals with the Social Welfare and Pensions Act 2012 and describes the main changes in the Act. It also gives details of the Protection of Employees (Temporary Agency Work) Act 2012. There are updates on legislation and disability. The Visa Waiver Programme is also explained.

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Relate May 2012
The May issue of Relate deals with the Contributory State pensions; a number of changes to the conditions for qualifying for the State Pension (Contributory) are coming into effect in 2012 and others will be introduced between now and 2028. The State Pension (Transition) is being abolished from 2014. Some changes are also being introduced for the Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's (Contributory) Pension. All of these are described.

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Relate April 2012
The April issue of Relate describes some of the recently published plans by the Government to address long-term unemployment, support the creation of new jobs and change the structures for further education and training. The Finance Act 2012 has brought into effect the tax changes announced in the Budget and a number of other changes which are explained. Details of the changes to age limits in the One-Parent Family Payment are noted and further developments in relation to Budget changes announced for carers and the Community Employment scheme are described.

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Relate March 2012
The March issue of Relate describes some of the recent changes and developments in disability policy and services including a review of disability health services, statutory and non-statutory services, direct payments/individualised funding, institutional and community–based services and quality standards in residential care. It describes Partial Capacity Benefit, the new payment for people with disabilities. It describes the range of employment supports provided by the EmployAbility Service, looks at Special Needs Education and states the nine aims of the National Housing Strategy for People with a Disability, published in October 2011.

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Relate February 2012
The February issue of Relate describes the Local Government (Household Charge) Act 2011 in detail. It also reviews changes to the legislation governing the Non-Principal Private Residence (NPPR) or second home charge. It looks at the Water Services (Amendment) Bill 2011 which provides for a system for the registration and inspection of septic tanks and other on-site waste water treatment systems. It reviews the Legal Services Regulation Bill 2011 currently being discussed in the Oireachtas and also looks at health-related and other legislation.

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Relate January 2012
The January issue of Relate deals with Budget 2012 measures, as well as the Household Charge.

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EU Supplement 2012
This supplement covers significant recent EU developments in the broad areas of social policy and citizens' rights.

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