“Ten thousand Social Welfare recipients have payments cut following Turas Nua decisions,”



Independent TD Mattie McGrath has called on the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, to investigate why the number of social welfare recipients who have had their payments cut or reduced on foot of recommendations by Turas Nua has now exceeded 10.5 thousand. Deputy McGrath was speaking after information supplied to him in Parliamentary Reply indicated that 6,019 people had their rates cut in 2017, while 4,447 reductions were made in 2018. So far this year a total of 89 payment penalties have been applied:


“Almost everyone, with the exception of the Minister, acknowledges that there are profound problems with how Turas Nua and indeed Seetec operate their business model.


Time and time again it has been put to the Minister that Turas Nua in particular is having a devastating impact on the capacity of CE Schemes to find people to keep them going. This is having a devastating impact on rural community and voluntary projects.


Those who were previously available for such work and who enjoyed it, are now being hounded by Turas Nua to engage in alternative forms of employment or face severe financial penalties; this is totally unacceptable.


I have had qualified teachers come to me at their wits end because of the aggravation and time wasting they have experienced from Turas Nua. This is not a useful way to spend public money.


Last month the Minister was defeated by a majority of Dáil members who called for the abolition of the Jobpath Programme and specifically the model operated by Turas Nua.


When I put the question to her about how she was going to respect that vote; she indicated to me and the other members present that the Motion was meaningless and would not be acted upon.


This is the kind of dismissive and arrogant attitude that people are experiencing when they are forced to sign contracts with a private company, which Turas Nua is, or face ongoing and indeterminate penalties.


We now know, following this PQ reply, that a for profit company like Turas Nua have recommended that thousands of those on the lowest incomes in the State have their payments slashed.


I want an immediate and thorough investigation on why the numbers are so high; because from what I and many other TD’s are hearing, engaging with Turas Nua is enormously stressful and needs to be abolished,” concluded Deputy McGrath.








  1. my daughter is being persecuted by turas nua she is autistic and does not understand structured meetings and these people frighten her. She refuses to engage as i am not allowed be with her because of data protection. We have told the welfare office but they say she is available for work. She has adhd she is bi polar and has attention issues.they are telling her they will take away her money she does not understand this concept to give you an idea my daughter is 22 yet can not read a clock.

    • Dear Matty i write to you again about Turas Nua they are hounding my daughter they have cut her off all together. The poor being hounded out of existence its like a blood sport to these bastards i give my daughter a few bob rather than allow her be humiliated and take away her self esteem. Im ashamed to live in a country that kicks our most vulnerable in the bollox.

  2. I had my payment cut because I had to stay with my elderly mother in hospital who had sepsis. The demanded medical proof that my mother was sick, which the hospital wouldn’t give me. Haven’t eaten in three days

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