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Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

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The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Irish: An Roinn Gnóthaí Fostaíochta agus Coimirce Sóisialaí) is a department of the Government of Ireland, tasked with administering Ireland's welfare system. It oversees the provision of income support and other social services. It is led by the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection who is assisted by two Ministers of State.

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
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Seat of the Department above the Dublin bus terminal
Department overview
Formed22 January 1947 (1947-01-22)
JurisdictionGovernment of Ireland
HeadquartersÁras Mhic Dhiarmada,
Store Street,
Dublin 1, D01 WY03
53°20′59″N 6°15′8″W / 53.34972°N 6.25222°W / 53.34972; -6.25222
Employees5,175
Minister responsible
Department executive
Websitewelfare.ie

Departmental teamEdit

The official headquarters and ministerial offices of the department are in Áras Mhic Dhiarmada, Store Street, Dublin. The departmental team consists of the following:

OverviewEdit

In carrying out its mandate the department undertakes a variety of functions including:

The department formulates appropriate social protection policies and administers and manages the delivery of statutory and non-statutory schemes and services. It is responsible for the delivery of a range of social insurance and social assistance schemes including provision for unemployment, illness, maternity, caring, widowhood, retirement and old age. Payments are made to nearly 950,000 people each week with over 1.5 million people directly benefiting from those payments. The budget spend in 2002 was €9.52 billion.In 2010 it will be in excess of 13.59 billion

Payments are generally divided into three groups:

  • Social Insurance (or contributory) payments which are made on the basis of PRSI Contributions.
  • Social Assistance (or non-contributory) payments which are made on the basis of satisfying a means test.
  • Universal payments (such as Child Benefit or Free Travel) which are not dependent on PRSI contributions or a means test.

ControversiesEdit

In August 2019, the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) found the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection's processing of personal data during the issuing of Public Services Cards (PSC) for use in transactions between a person and a public body other than the department itself to be illegal.

The commission also found that the blanket and indefinite retention of documents and information provided by people applying for a Public Services Card violate data protection law. The Data Protection Commission has given the department three weeks to stop all processing of personal data where a PSC is being issued solely for the purpose of a transaction between a member of the public and a public body. Meaning that the data held on more than three million card holders must now be deleted[2]

AgenciesEdit

  • Citizens Information Board
  • The Pensions Authority
  • Office of the Pensions Ombudsman

HistoryEdit

The department was created by the Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Act 1946 as the Department of Social Welfare. This took effect in 1947 with James Ryan as the first Minister.

Alteration of name and transfer of functionsEdit

Date Change
22 January 1947 Establishment of the Department of Social Welfare.[3]
22 January 1947 Transfer of Social Welfare.[4]
15 October 1947 Transfer of Social Welfare from the Department of Local Government.[5]
3 October 1966 Transfer of Labour to the Department of Labour.[6]
12 July 1997 Renamed as the Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs.[7]
19 June 2002 Renamed as the Department of Social and Family Affairs.[8]
25 June 2002 Transfer of Community Affairs to the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.[9]
1 May 2010 Transfer of Family Affairs and Social Inclusion to the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.[10]
2 May 2010 Renamed as the Department of Social Protection.[11]
1 September 2017 Transfer of Labour from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.[12]
2 September 2017 Renamed as the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Secretary General, Ms Niamh O'Donoghue". Department of Social Protection. Retrieved 29 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Watchdog finds Public Services Card breached data protection laws". RTÉ News. 16 August 2019. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Act, 1946 (Section 3) (Commencement) Order, 1947". Irish Statute Book. 21 January 1947. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Social Welfare (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) (No. 1) Order 1947". Irish Statute Book. 21 January 1947. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Social Welfare (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) (No. 2) Order 1947". Irish Statute Book. 10 October 1947. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  6. ^ "Labour (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) (No. 2) Order 1966". Irish Statute Book. 20 September 1966. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  7. ^ "Social Welfare (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 1997". Irish Statute Book. 8 July 1997. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  8. ^ "Social, Community and Family Affairs (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 2002". Irish Statute Book. 18 June 2002. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  9. ^ "Community Affairs (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2002". Irish Statute Book. 25 June 2002. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Family Affairs and Social Inclusion (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2010". Irish Statute Book. 27 April 2010. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  11. ^ "Social and Family Affairs (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 2010". Irish Statute Book. 27 April 2010. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  12. ^ "Labour Affairs and Labour Law (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2017". Irish Statute Book. 26 July 2017. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  13. ^ "Social Protection (Alteration of Name of Department and Title of Minister) Order 2017". Irish Statute Book. 26 July 2017. Retrieved 20 September 2019.

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