Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: On budget day he announced improved tax incentives for research and development aimed at attracting inward investment. Photograph: The Irish Times

Budget concession allows companies to lower taxes with 25% credit via spend on R&D

A boy begging in an alleyway in Dublin – the worst poverty rates were felt by lone parents, the unemployed, those out of work  and children

Rising levels of consistent poverty are a legacy of the downturn

Campaigners said the scale of rising poverty amounted to a “national scandal”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Numbers anchored in consistent poverty escalate to 140,000, fresh data reveals

Tom McMahon, senior statistician, Richard McMahon, assistant director general and Patrick Foley, statistician, at the Central Statistics Office at Government Buildings Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Analysis:The number of children living in consistent poverty has doubled during the recession

The CSO said people across all income groups were reporting increases in deprivation each year since 2008. Photograph: Getty Images/Hemera

Living conditions survey shows deprivation rates double since before economic crash

Health and social care professionals accused of misconduct or poor performance may face a public fitness-to-practise hearing for the first time. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Sanctions against those found guilty of miscondiuct to include ban on practising

‘My home is Ireland, and I am never leaving my home.’

Minister for Children Dr James Reilly: he said the findings would help in his department’s reform of youth services. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Poor data meant Department of Children report could not judge efficiency of programmes

Paul Redmond, spokesman for the Coalition of Mother and Baby Homes Survivors and David Kinsella who grew up in St Patrick’s, at the publication of the terms of reference for the mother and baby homes inquiry. Photograph: Collins

Coalition anxious to avoid repeat of decade-long inquiry into industrial schools

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