Thanks so far with your help folks.
I had my initial appointment today at the welfare office and handed in all forms etc. - The lady at the counter was surprisingly nice and easy to deal with. She said herself I was a Low Risk Case which was a relief. I asked her if she could tell me what the procedure is from here on in. She just said that an officer (?) will be in touch with me if any more information is needed.
Does anyone know what happens from here?
Also, i'm going to England next week to try and find work, going to stay there for 4 weeks and hope something comes up... if not it's back to Ireland and stuck on the JSA for a while (little time as possible hopefully) - Will this affect anything? I know that i'm not entitled to anything while i'm out of the country... i'm perfectly happy with that, but could it affect anything should I have to return to Ireland in the 4 weeks?