Know your rights-Mullingar Congress Centre

Know your rights

We offer a free and confidential service on your Rights & Social Welfare Entitlements

Book an appoint with one of our Information Offficers for help om any of the following topics


Getting a social welfare payment

Jobseeker's Benefit

Jobseeker's Allowance

Claiming for an adult dependant

Claiming for a child dependant

Signing on for the first time

Supplementary Welfare Allowance Scheme

Getting an interim payment

Exceptional Needs and Urgent Needs Payments

PRSI and tax

Tax refund during unemployment

Signing on for credits

Tax on social welfare payments


Rent Supplement

Housing Assistance Payment

Mortgage Interest Supplement

Local authority housing


Leaving work - your rights and entitlements

Employment law

Losing your job - entitlements


Employment Detail Summary (P45/P60)


Reduced hours or pay

Being asked to reduce your hours at work

Lay off and short time working

Jobseeker's Benefit and work

Jobseeker's Allowance and work


Going back to education or training


Back to Education Programme

Back to Education Allowance

Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme

Funding for education and training

Back to Education Programme

Further Education and Training courses

Post Leaving Certificate courses


Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme



Going back to work


Back to Work Enterprise Allowance

Short-term Enterprise Allowance

Part-Time Job Incentive Scheme

Community Employment

Rural Social Scheme


Returning to work

Signing off when starting work

Part-time work

Self employment

Working Family Payment (for families on low pay)


Long-term unemployment

Social welfare payments

Jobseeker's Allowance

Habitual residence condition

Appealing a decision


Health services

Medical card

GP Visit card


Extra benefits

Free travel

Household Benefits Package

Fuel Allowance

Diet and Heating Supplements

Exceptional and Urgent Needs Payment

Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance


The Mullingar Congress Centre needs to collect and use personal data (information) about its staff, students and other individuals who come into contact with the Centre. The purposes of processing data include the organisation and administration of courses, examinations, research activities, the recruitment and payment of staff, compliance with statutory obligations, etc.

Data Protection Policy

The Mullingar Congress Centre fully respects your right to privacy, and will not collect any personal information about you without your express permission.

Any personal information which you communicate to the The Mullingar Congress Centre will be treated with the highest standards of security and confidentiality, strictly in accordance with  the EU General Data Protection Regulations, as enacted in the Data Protection Bill 2018.


Collection and use of personal information

The Mullingar Congress  Centre does not collect any personal data about you, apart from information which you communicate to us (for example by enrolling for a course or submitting information QQI examinations).

MCC does not make any personal information available to any third parties.

Your information is used by the Centre only for the purpose for which you provided it

Your information is retained only for as long as it is necessary for that purpose.

Our processes may include appropriate anonymisation of personal data after a defined period if there is a need to retain non-personal data, e.g. for statistical purposes.


Your rights regarding data supplied

You have a right under Freedom of Information legislation to be given a copy of your personal data which you may have supplied to the Centre.
If you discover that this office holds inaccurate information about you, you have a right to instruct The Mullingar Congress Centre to correct that information.

In certain circumstances you may also request that data which you have supplied be deleted, e.g. if the purpose for which you provided it has ceased.


Records held include 

Evaluation of all courses.
Financial records of all Education Centre activities.
Record of all financial activities in The Mullingar Congress Centre.
Audited annual accounts.
Names, Addresses, PPS numbers for purposes of processing QQI certification
Names and Numbers for purpose of contacting customers regarding course details.

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