The Department of Youth on Saturday engaged a number of youths from the Tiger Bay area, Georgetown, during an outreach aimed at building resilient communities.The activity was hosted through a partnership with private stakeholders and featured young volunteers who were willing to share their expertise and time with the children. The outreach saw many youths being educated on various social issues along with other craft activities.Among those in attendance was Georgetown Mayor, Ubraj Narine, who stated that such events help to foster unity.“This activity can enable us to embrace each other with unity and spread that love among ourselves. We have the interest of the people and this is what we’re here to do to give the support you need and assist you in various ways,” Narine said to the residents.Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton and Mayor Ubraj Narine (standing centre back) along with volunteers and some of the families from Tiger Bay, GeorgetownSocial Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton assured that these outreaches will materialise in other communities. Prior to the programme, a walkabout was conducted throughout the community to address the concerns shared by residents.“The youths in this country has a leading role to play…This is not the first activity we’re going to have in this community. You can look forward to more. This is the first of many activities to come,” stated Norton.Meanwhile, Director of Youth, Melissa Carmichael stated, “We recognise the culture of volunteerism. We also recognise the importance of paying it forward. As young people, it is always good to remember that giving your service very often is most important than any other service you may give.”Some 15 families who are in need were also given hampers and free meals from other stakeholders via donations.Throughout the day, over 20 children were involved in the programme and learned the dynamics of robotics and other leading advancements in the present generation.The volunteerism exercise is one that engaged teenage youths who were willing to lend their free time towards aiding communities where a support mechanism is lacking. They were recruited through the Volunteer Support Platform (VPS), which was formed with Government, the Private Sector and civil society.
A woman who claimed more than €18,000 in job seeker’s allowance while having €140,000 in her bank account has been ordered to donate €2,000 to charity. Monica McDaid appeared at Falcarragh District Court charged with making a false claim against the Department of Social Protection. The mother-of-two made the claims totalling €18,127.70, between 2013 and 2015.Department of Social Protection Inspector Mary McGovern told the court that Ms McDaid, of Carrownamaddy, Dunfanaghy, was asked to declare if she had any savings in her accounts when claiming supplementary welfare and job seeker’s allowance.The court was told that Ms McDaid’s savings came to light following information received by Revenue in February 2016 relating to a tax amnesty of which Ms McDaid’s name was contained.When interviewed over her savings, Ms McDaid made immediate admissions.All the monies claimed had been paid back in full to the Department.Her solicitor, Mr Frank Dorrian, said his client was very candid about the money she had in her accounts.However, he said she had disclosed one bank accounts and had presumed that the Department of Social Protection would then have access to all of her accounts.“She thought this money would turn up in these accounts and everyone would know about it,” said Mr Dorrian.Inspector McGovern said this would not be the case.Mr Dorrian added the money had been an inheritance and that Ms McDaid was a 64-year-old mother of two adult children who had worked hard all her life in England before returning home to Donegal.Judge Paul Kelly said the problem was that such offences were not blameless as there were many people in genuine need of social welfare payments.He asked Mr Dorrian if his client was prepared to make a donation of €2,000 to St Vincent de Paul.He adjourned the case until April 18th and said if the donation was made then he would apply the Probation Act.Woman who claimed €18,000 in job-seeeker’s allowance had €140,000 in bank was last modified: February 24th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)