Among the 442 families homeless  in Dublin in April,  174 were headed by couples and 268 by single parents. The total number of people in these families was 1,586. Photograph:  Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Dublin’s four local authorities are spending almost €750,000 a month on housing families in emergency hotel accommodation, figures obtained by The Iri(...)

 Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton. The Department of Jobs has been criticised by the Carers’ Association for failing to engage with the National Carers’ Strategy. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Despite “repeated requests”, the Department of Jobs has failed to engage with the National Carers’ Strategy (NCS), the main advocacy body for family c(...)

 Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection  Kevin Humphreys. Mr Humphreys said he was ‘quite concerned’ over an advertisment by the Irish Postmasters Union that included a request for personal public service (PPS) numbers.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Irish Postmasters Union (IPU) has been warned by the Department of Social Protection that it may have broken social welfare legislation.The union (...)

Maureen O’Sullivan: issues around safety

There had been a 62 per cent increase in the number of children in homeless services in the Dublin region since June, Independent TD Maureen O’Sulliv(...)

Pictured, from left, are JP Connolly, Susan Ryder, Chris Gordon, Dr Lorraine Nancy O Brien, Christine Mc Quillan, Mary Grant, and Irish Times ‘trainee’ celebrant Kate Holmquist. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Druid ceremonies, hand-tying, sand-pouring ceremonies, candle-lighting ceremonies, St Brigid’s Well water in chalices, jumping the broom, story-tel(...)

Eamonn Maloney (Labour): introduced  Private Member’s legislation allowing for the sale of criminal assets in two years rather than the current seven years.

Money obtained by the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) should be used to fund Garda resources in investigating major crime, Labour TD Eamonn Maloney told (...)

Tanaiste Joan Burton

The Department of Social Protection used long-established principles in dealing with social welfare recipients with debts, Tánaiste Joan Burton told (...)

Remarks by Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton (right), aimed at Sinn Féin TDs and other members of the Opposition refusing to pay water charges, were made during heated Dáil exchanges on Thursday with Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald (left). Photographs: The Irish Times 3:39

Tánaiste Joan Burton has sharply criticised TDs who say they will not pay water charges.“Our salaries and conditions are pretty good and, yet, there a(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said on Wednesday the Government was planning to introduce legislation with a “general provision for debt whereby people wouldn’t go to jail. I think we’re all concerned about people going to jail for two hours for not paying their TV  licence”.

People will no longer face the threat of jail for non payment of fines, including water charges under new legislation planned by the GovernmentThe Cab(...)

 Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly: he has agreed new measures with the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald to remove the threat of prison for those who cannot afford the levy. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Government is to introduce legislation to ensure people who cannot pay their water charges will not go to jail. The Minister for the Enviro(...)