The Department of Social Protection says  changes to the One Parent Family Payment are necessary to activate lone parents away from the “passive” OPFP scheme and into the labour market. File photograph: Getty Images

Organisations working with lone parents have warned of the confusion and distress they say has been caused by forthcoming changes to the One Parent Fa(...)

Alison Begas, chief executive officer at the Dublin Well Woman Centre: says  there is a “lot of uncertainty” as to how the Department of Health expects crisis pregnancy counsellors to refer suicidal women

Clear protocols must be issued urgently to crisis pregnancy counsellors on how they should deal with suicidal pregnant women under new legislation (...)

Patrick and Milana Kearns with their son and Milana’s daughter who Patrick wishes to adpot. Photograph: Barry Cronin

The Adoption Authority of Ireland, lone-parent organisations and legal practitioners have called for changes to legislation requiring mothers to adop(...)

The cut in the higher rate of maternity benefit is being cut from €262 to €230 per week

The second effective cut to maternity benefit this year and the end of the One Parent Family tax credit for have been described as “anti-woman” and “a(...)

One Family chief executive Karen Kiernan said it was “unacceptable that legislators haven’t, up to this point, legislated for the X case and now they really need to get on with it and then they need to look at supporting children and families”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Politicians “need to get on with” legislating for the X case so they can get back to the real work of focusing on children and families in need, the h(...)