If a person who has arrived from Ukraine and is in receipt of financial assistance takes up employment – casual, part-time or full-time – they must inform the Department of Social Protection. They can call into their local Intreo or branch office or contact the department by telephone at 0818-625625. Phone lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.
The department operates a range of income support schemes, including in-work supports, and a person who has taken up employment may qualify for payment under some of these schemes, eg: Working Family Payment, or Jobseeker’s Allowance where a person is employed for less than a full week.
Depending on the nature of the employment and the income received, officials will identify the most appropriate payment relevant to a person’s circumstances and will assist them in applying for those payments. They will continue to receive financial support until a final determination has been made on the new payment.
The income support payments which have been provided by the department (apart from Child Benefit) are means tested payments which are required to take account of a person’s income, and a person is obliged to inform the department of any income which they have so that it can be taken into account. Understandably, the reality is that individuals fleeing Ukraine have arrived with few possessions and no ready access to income or assets.
The department has a Benefit of Work estimator available on its online portal MyWelfare.ie. This provides information to welfare recipients of how starting work or increasing hours of work can affect their payment. The estimator is available at this link: Benefit of Work Estimator for Jobseekers and One Parent Families (mywelfare.ie)
Free travel is being provided for newly arriving Ukrainian refugees on any Public Service Obligation (PSO) or Local Link public transport service from port of entry to their end destination.
This is being applied across all PSO contracted services, including commercial bus services included in emergency PSO contracts, and those services that are part of the emergency commercial bus operator grant scheme. Some commercial bus operators have also kindly offered this service. The situation is being monitored on an ongoing basis.
The department says the issue of providing additional public transport services to support Ukrainian nationals is being considered. Additional funding would be required to support any increase in services. It says this situation is evolving daily, and the Department of Transport is working with other relevant departments and agencies to establish the transport needs and how these might be met.
Transport Minister Eamon Ryan on April 22, 2022, signed an order that will allow Ukrainians, who are temporarily resident in Ireland because of the war, to exchange their native driving license for an Irish license so that they can drive their cars while in the country. The new license will be valid for 12 months and will apply to cars only.
You can find out more about what you need to know about driving in Ireland at this link.