Then minister for finance Brian Lenihan argued that continued payment of child benefit to those who could afford to meet their own needs was “not appropriate in the current circumstances”

Cabinet records for 2010 budget reveal push for steeper cuts to welfare and dole

Delays can have big impact on health, says Irish Family Planning Association

IFPA chief executive Niall Behan: counsellors are restricted in what support they can give to vulnerable women seeking abortion services under Irish law. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Counselling organisation says figures show ‘insurmountable’ obstacles faced by women

Eamonn Kennedy admitted to hospital with injuries

Eamonn Kennedy (44) admitted to hospital while a resident of Redwood care facility

The entrance to the Redwood Extended Care Facility in Stamullen, Co Meath. Photograph: Google Streetview

Hiqa report on Redwood facility for intellecutally disabled people is published

Hiqa chief executive Phelim Quinn: said the HSE put in new management arrangements and convinced Hiqa the systems in place ensured better protection for residents. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Dehydration and malnutrition listed as ‘factors’ in death of 72-year-old disabled man

Unpublished HSE report shows outdated group homes continuing to admit new residents

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: has ruled out providing employment rights for asylum seekers or an amnesty for those in the system. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins.

Commission says system fails to safeguard rights of children and parents

Asylum seekers, refugees and supporters  march to the Deptartment of Justice  protesting about the system of direct provision. Photograph: Alan Betson

Some companies involved in direct provision make millions of euro in profits

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