Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: his department argued there was merit in the options for cuts drawn up by line departments before the budget. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform backed radical cuts to social welfare payments, suggested the abolition of the Law Reform Commission (...)

Threshold chief executive Bob Jordan: “The current supplement is clearly inadequate, but in addition to increasing the payments in general, we would like to see more flexibility to deal with exceptional circumstances.” Photograph: Eric Luke.

Rent supplement “top-ups” have been paid to more than 80 per cent of Dublin families referred by Threshold to the Department of Social Protection bec(...)

Eating breakfast at  St Patrick’s School’s Breakfast Club. Photograph: Alan Betson

When Áine Kirwan arrives at school every morning she is struck by the sound of children’s chat and laughter that fill the corridors that lead to the b(...)

The All-Island Free Travel pass which was launched in 2007

The free travel scheme for pensioners is not sustainable in its current form, the Department of Social Protection warned in its pre-budget submissi(...)

Food surplus redistribution hub: (from left) Karen Horgan, project manager, Trevor Keating, depot manager, Brendan Dempsey, director, and Leonard Murphy (driver) at the Bia Food Initiative’s hub in Cork.  Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

The industry term is surplus food, but that’s merely a euphemism for food waste – a problem said to cost the Irish economy up to €4 billion a year.W(...)

Mr Justice Micheal Peart has granted the plaintiff leave to bring a judicial challenge to the decision to refuse him 
 a disability allowance.

A teenage boy with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and a cleft lip and palate has taken a High Court challenge after being refused a disabili(...)

data protection - innovation

The expected announcement of an increase in funding for the office of the Data Protection Commissioner did not come in Budget 2015 but the Department (...)

The Government says  653,000 households will benefit from the €100 water subsidy.

Thousands of the State’s poorest households are set to get no relief on their water charges from the measures announced in the Budget.Households heade(...)

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(...)

Nicely timed to get in ahead of Budget Day, water charges are finally here. Since October 1st, households all across the country have been slowly adju(...)