dept of social protection

The Department of Social Protection is a department of the Government of Ireland, tasked with administering Ireland’s social welfare system. It oversees the provision of income support and other social services. It is led by the Minister for Social Protection who is assisted by two Ministers of State.

What are social protection payments?

These payments are paid to people under pensionable age who are unable to work due to an illness. The government recognises that these payments help people cope with the stress of illness or injury. The Make Work Pay report states that the government wants to promote the well-being of people with disabilities.

What does the Department of Social Protection do?

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.