Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton: “I have no plans to increase a person’s minimum contribution under the rent supplement scheme, that is that a person is required to pay towards their accommodation from their own resources.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Focus says decision will condemn more families to homelessness as Christmas approaches

Caroline Dunne: seeking answers as to why her children’s names were entered into the Garda’s Pulse database. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Children aged four and five had been put on Garda database and given criminal tags

Flowers  at Ridge Hall, Ballybrack, Co Dublin,  where  two-year-old Hassan Khan died. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Inquiry will try to establish if the boy had been harmed before

File photograph of Hassan Khan, whose body was found in a Dublin apartment on Thursday

Hassan Khan (2) has been monitored by agency since child rescue alert in August

Protesters from the ‘We Won’t Pay’ campaign returning water packs collected at protests to Pearse Roe, of Irish Water, earlier this month. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Water utility issues clarification saying tenants are responsible for water charges

Economist with the Unite trade union says Budget 2015 was ‘significantly regressive’

Some 653,000 households will get the water support payment.

About 190,000 short-term unemployed will get no water support payment

Anyone unemployed for less than a year will not be entitled to the new €100-a-year payment intended to help with water charges. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Child benefit to go up by €5 and Christmas bonus to be reintroduced

Although the €5 per month increase in child benefit is welcome, it should be seen against a backdrop of a €36 cut to the basic rate since 2009

The €5 per month increase in child benefit is welcome, say charities, but it should be seen against a backdrop of a €36 cut to the(...)

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