The Tánaiste said where offers of cleaning jobs were made which did not meet JobBridge criteria, “we would look very carefully at any other JobBridge applications” those job sponsors would make. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Social Protection says sponsors offering such jobs under scheme will be monitored

There were angry responses from some 
of the audience
at an Impact-organised conference on homelessness today during a question-and-answer session with Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton
, Minister for Social Protection
, above. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Joan Burton receives angry responses from some at Impact-organised conference

Fr Peter McVerry has  said street homelessness could be ended in weeks with the provision of Nama properties, facilities and a number of appropriately qualified staff. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Department of Social Protection part of problem, not solution, social activist says

“The memory of our forefathers, including James Connolly, James Larkin and others important to the Labour Party, can be kept alive in the minds of the next generation by protecting history as a subject,” former minister for education Mary Hanafin said. “The choice rests with the [current, Labour] Minister for Education.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Michael Collins may ‘solely be film character’ in future if history not protected, says Hanafin

 A group of asylum seekers from the Eglinton direct provision centre Salthill, Galway,  who gathered to speak to Irish Times journalist Carl O’Brien in Galway recently. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Confidential document warns improving the Irish system increases the risk of asylum seekers from the UK moving to the State for b(...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald  said the annual Mabs  report showed  the average disposable income of people using their services was €8.75 a week after all bills were paid. She asked the Tánaiste: “How do you expect or recommend to these families that they pay €500 a year or more for their water. What household essentials do you advise them to cut back on?”

Tánaiste insists supports in place for low-income households

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney says Government had not decided “definitely” to go ahead with sending more troops to the Golan Heights. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Minister rejects reports that Israeli troops rescued Irish

Referendum in run-up to election may force candidates to make regrettable pledges, says Leo Varadkar

A referendum on abortion ‘shouldn’t be done on foot of a tragedy or a very hard case’, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Candidates may be forced to make commitments they regret, says Minister for Health

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