Karen Kiernan of One Family: “This reform process is forcing lone parents who are already working part-time to give up their jobs because they no longer meet the eligibility criteria and because work does not pay, meaning even greater poverty.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Tánaiste Joan Burton will today meet lone parent groups as pressure mounts on the Government to delay welfare reforms which will affect 30,000 lone(...)

Michelle McFarland and her daughter Ashleigh. She is one of about 4,000 lone parents who stand to lose out under welfare changes. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Michelle McFarland says her part-time job as a cleaner in a secondary school is a lifeline. “It’s difficult work. Cleaning up after hundreds of(...)

Senior HSE managers have expressed concern  over the cost implications of an EU directive that allows patients to obtain care abroad and recoup the costs from the State. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Senior HSE managers have expressed alarm that an EU healthcare directive - which allows patients to obtain care abroad and recoup the costs from the S(...)

‘Connecting for life’, a new youth suicide prevention strategy, is to focus on helping secondary school students to deal with stress.

All secondary school students will receive training on how to cope with stress and improve resilience as part of a new five-year Government strategy(...)

A homeless man begs on Dublin’s Grafton Street. Sir Anthony Atkinson, author of Inequality: What can be done?, says the gap between rich and poor can be narrowed with policies which aren’t radical or revolutionary. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

If Sir Anthony Atkinson is in any way bitter over the attention showered on his junior colleague Thomas Piketty, he doesn’t show it. The French(...)

The moment came a few months ago, when I was struggling to dress my young son. He was barely 12 months old as I squeezed his head through the narro(...)

Cregg House was previously at the centre of controversy over poor staffing levels and lack of access to activities for residents when it was operated by the Daughters of Wisdom, a religious order.

The State’s health watchdog has raised serious concerns over the use of drugs to restrain vulnerable residents at a HSE-run centre for more than 10(...)

Minahil Sarfraz on Direct Provision: “I’m a girl who every day wakes up in a mobile home. Not big enough to roam. Frighterned every night not knowing the out comel. A ‘yes’ or a ‘no’.” Photograph: Maxwells

Young people have presented a report to the United Nations highlighting their views on the greatest pressures and complications facing children and te(...)

The Ombudsman Peter Tyndall has called on the Government to immediately extend his remit to provide independent oversight of direct provision centres for asylum seekers. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Ombudsman Peter Tyndall has called on the Government to immediately extend his remit to provide independent oversight of direct provision centres (...)

Many survivors waited years before seeking support. Last year, most adults made contact with the Rape Crisis Network five years after the incident occurred. Photograph: Getty Images

Dozens of women who became pregnant after being raped sought help from support services last year, new figures show. The Rape Crisis Network of(...)