Department of Social Protection

Irish Equity, on behalf of its members has been engaging the Department of Social Protection to ease the difficulties experienced by our members when dealing with local offices during their  non working periods. As part of this engagement we have secured the commitment from the Department that actors will not be targeted as part of the 12 month TUS scheme. If an actor wishes to participate then they can have the flexibility to opt out for periods of employment within their profession. The letter below from the Department can be used by any Irish Equity member in their dealing with local offices of the Department of Social Protection.

Any members encountering other kinds of difficulty with the Department should email us at to advise us as we are collecting information on these issues that actors face on a regular basis so that we can continue to lobby the Department for change.

TUS letter