Tánaiste Joan Burton at the annual pre-budget meeting with NGOs at Dublin Castle yesterday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Children in school breakfast clubs in some of the country’s poorest areas are “taking extra food home on Fridays” to “see them through the weekend”(...)

Latest projections indicate the family income supplement will be paid to more than 50,000 families in respect of more than 100,000 children this year. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government is on course to spend a record €350 million this year on subsidising the income of thousands of families in low-paid work, latest proje(...)

The proportion of full-time workers who are on temporary contracts has doubled in the past decade or so, up from 5 per cent to 10 per cent. Illustration: John Holcroft/Ikon/Getty

It seems like the narrative of a quaint period drama: a time when newly minted graduates would enter a company and stay for the rest of their lives. I(...)

Former lord mayor of Dublin Catherine Byrne was speaking during a six-hour debate on the Civil Debt Bill. File photograph: Frank Miller 2:35

A Government backbencher has fiercely defended cuts to the lone parent’s allowance and the legislation to enforce payment from “won’t pay” debtors. Fi(...)

John Murray: gags and mischief on the last week of the show.  Photograph: Brian McEvoy

Much as a leopard can’t change its spots, so it often seems that Sean O’Rourke is unable to shake off his years as a hard-bitten, relentlessly confron(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton recalled the IRA’s killing of widow Jean McConville in Belfast, during heated exchanges with the Sinn Féin deputy leader over the(...)

Have you heard who is on The Irish Times Women’s Power List?

All of the women on the BBC programme’s list, which was released this week, “have an exceptionally large impact on our lives, not just because of t(...)

Mick Wallace speaking in the Dáil on Thursday

The Belfast law firm at the centre of a controversy over an alleged £7 million in an offshore account linked to a multi-billion euro Nama deal, has na(...)

Joan Burton: ‘We have had a managed process of recovery in this economy’. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said there is relief that what is happening in Greece had not happened to Irish people. “We have had a managed process of rec(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton has defended cuts to the lone parent allowance which will affect thousands of families. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Changes to the lone parent allowance that are being introduced by the Government this week will prove to be extremely damaging for the Labour Party, S(...)