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

The exclusion of thousands of low-income households from both a new water support payment and a new water tax credit, is “wrong” and “very concerning(...)

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

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton “will look” at any issue arising from low-income families not being entitled to the new water (...)

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

Budget 2015 does not herald a recovery that is fully committed to those who have been most devastated by six years of cuts, according to the Society o(...)

Budget 2015 is the first budget since 2009 in which no cuts to social welfare had been introduced, Brendan Howlin said.

All recipients of core social welfare payments will get a 25 per cent Christmas bonus this year, Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin has(...)

Joan Burton: Brendan Ogle of the Unite union said she should apologise for “getting up in the Dáil like Marie Antoinette and insinuating if people can afford a phone they should pay for water”

Saturday’s march through Dublin will be seen as the “tipping point” into “a massive revolt against this Government”, say those involved in the Righ(...)

People taking part in the anti-water charges protest march in O’Connell Street, Dublin this afternoon. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Upwards of 50,000 people marched against water charges in Dublin today in one of the largest demonstrations seen in the capital in years. The marchers(...)

Ms Y was arrested in Liverpool five weeks before her baby was born by Caesarean section

Ms Y, the asylum seeker who unsuccessfully sought an abortion after arriving in Ireland pregnant as a result of alleged rape, was arrested in Liverpoo(...)

Threshold chief executive Bob Jordan said rent supplement rates were now far short of what it actually cost to rent a home. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

About half of tenants in receipt of rent supplement have to “top-up” to meet their rent, and three quarters of these are households with children, suc(...)

The report is critical of  the psychiatric unit in Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown

Hospital security guards were used to physically restrain patients in one of the busiest psychiatric units in the State last year, while in another s(...)

Oireachtas Cross Party Group on Mental Health launches a submission to Government: Deputy Robert Troy (FF), Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan, Deputy Caoimhghín Caoláin (SF) and Deputy Regina Doherty (FG)

Men and women in Limerick city were the most at risk of deliberate self-harm last year, with rates more than twice the national average and up to fou(...)