Social Protection

In 2011, Social Protection surpassed naturalisation as the most common reason for contacting our Free Legal Service. Nasc co-published a report into the barriers facing immigrants accessing social protection in early 2012 and we are now working with the Department of Social Protection to develop measures to improve matters.

NOTICE: Translation / Interpretive and Sign Language Services

The Department of Social Protection would like users to know that they can avail of translation and interpretation services when accessing Social Welfare Offices. If you require these services, you must contact your local or branch office. For further information regarding the particular services they... Read more

PQ: Migrant Integration (Undocumented Migrants)

24. Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for Justice and Equality to ensure the regularisation of undocumented migrants in the State through a fair and pragmatic system as outlined by the Migrant Rights Centre in a presentation to the Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality in 2015. Minister... Read more

PQ: Family Reunification Applications

470. Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if a carer’s allowance and a domiciliary carer’s allowance will be taken into consideration for the purpose of calculating a sponsor’s income for an application for a visa pursuant to the policy document on non-European... Read more

PQ: International Protection Bill 2015: Second Stage (Resumed)

Question again proposed: “That the Bill be now read a Second Time.” An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Deputy Clare Daly was in possession. Deputy Clare Daly: I have one minute left. An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: She is sharing time with Deputies Mick Wallace, Paul Murphy, Shane Ross, Richard Boyd Barrett,... Read more

PQ: Migrant Workers (Fishing industry 3)

332. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when her Department first communicated reports to the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, following investigations by An Garda Síochána into the link between the trafficking of migrants to work on Irish fishing vessels... Read more

PQ: Workplace Safety (Non EEA Workers)

299. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if it is mandatory for all fishermen and other persons working on Irish fishing vessels, including persons from outside the European Economic Area, to hold a safety card approved by Bord Iascaigh Mhara stating that they... Read more

PQ: Work Permit Critera (Fishing Industry)

225. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the way a non-European Economic Area migrant can apply for an Irish work permit to work on an Irish fishing vessel that operates in Irelands territorial waters, or to work on vessels or on the dock while they are in Irish... Read more

Nasc comments on SWAO’s 2014 Annual Report

Nasc Senior Legal Officer Fiona Hurley The Social Welfare Appeals Office has published its Annual Report for 2014. The report shows an increase in the rate of successful appeals with the success rate climbing to 56.5%. There has been a steady upward trend in the success rate of appeals over recent years.... Read more


Nasc, Crosscare, Doras Luimní, FLAC and Dublin City Centre Citizens Information Centre would like to invite you to the launch of Person or Number? 2, An Examination of Issues faced by Immigrants Accessing Social Protection. The report Person or Number? Issues faced by Immigrants accessing Social Protection... Read more

Nasc comments on Social Welfare Appeals Office’s 2013 Annual Report

Legal Officer Fiona Hurley The Social Welfare Appeals Office Annual Report for 2013 has been published. The report notes that 55% of the 38,421 appeals were upheld with a favourable outcome for the appellant. This is an increase of 4.6% on the 2012 figures and of 12.8% on the 2011 figures. A consistently... Read more

Great news for Nasc clients today

Our legal service got great news today from a few of our clients that we want to share. Two clients have just received their Irish citizenship and we are absolutely delighted for them. Another client received a positive decision from Social Protection on his Habitual Residence. His case is outlined below: Peter’s*... Read more

PQ: Health Services Access (EU Migrants)

1016. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Health his views on the fact that Ireland is one of half of all 27 EU member countries that EU migrants can access full healthcare services without ever having paid contributions into the system; his views that this is contributing to Ireland becoming... Read more

PQ: Health Services Provision (Roma)

1480. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the reason the pilot project providing a GP service for persons with no medical cards is only being provided to the Roma community at Tallaght Hospital, Dublin 24; the amount this service is costing per week; the amount it cost initially to... Read more

PQ: Social Welfare Eligibility (Croatia)

528. Deputy Arthur Spring asked the Minister for Social Protection the social welfare benefits the Croatians will be automatically entitled to if they decide to move here.  Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): At its meeting on 30 April 2013 the Government considered the EU accession... Read more

Conference: Racism and Hate Crime in Ireland – 4th October 2013

Racism and Hate Crime in Ireland: Is the Legislative and Policy Framework Adequate? Nasc, in conjunction with the Centre for Criminal justice and Human Rights, University College Cork, are hosting a one day conference on 4th October, 2013. The conference aims to promote an open dialogue, examining... Read more

July’s Success Stories!

Our legal service has had a great start in our new premises on Ferry Lane! Very busy as usual but we’re delighted to be able to report some successful outcomes for our clients. If you would like to support the work we do at Nasc and to play your part in stories like these, visit our get involved/... Read more

PQ: International Agreements (Social Security)

574. Deputy Michelle Mulherin asked the Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton if she will provide details of the bilateral social security agreement which exists between this jurisdiction and Australia and the social welfare payment to which it pertains; and if she will make a statement on the matter. Minister... Read more

PQ: Child Benefit Eligibility (Asylum Seekers)

529. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton the total cost of restoring the payment of child benefit to the children of asylum seekers living in direct provision. Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The Department does not hold information regarding the... Read more

PQ: Dept. Staff Numbers (Equality Training)

103. Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton the number of appeals officers employed by her Department; the number of these officers who have undergone any training in disability or equality issues; and if she will make a statement on the matter.  Minister for Social... Read more

PQ: Social Welfare Code Issues (HRC)

94. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton if she will outline the level of information required to be provided by claimants who are returning Irish emigrants to satisfy the habitual residence condition; if she will provide an average time frame for the verification... Read more