Independent Senator Katherine Zappone. Ms Zappone will raise changes to the One-Parent Family Payment in the Seanad.    File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Changes to the One-Parent Family Payment (OPFP) are to be raised in the Seanad on Wednesday by Independent Senator Katherine Zappone. Ms Zappone said (...)

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton recently said the Government is committed to maintaining core welfare rates, while taking a zero-tolerance approach towards welfare fraud

Members of the public made more than 21,000 anonymous tip-offs of suspected welfare fraud last year.The increase – up from just under 1,000 in the yea(...)

Joint Garda/social welfare checkpoint on Mallow to Cork road. Twenty members of the force joined the national unit earlier this year and are able to use their powers of arrest. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

It’s shortly after 9am and the benefit fraud team spots two builders working on the roof of a house in a suburban housing estate. “I’ve a funny feelin(...)

Teachers and principals have expressed fears about the way questions about ethnicity and cultural background were being recorded in the Primary Online Database, and there were fears that in some cases “international families” would misunderstand  questions due to limited knowledge of English. File photograph:   John Moore/Getty Images

Teachers and principals from dozens of schools around the country wrote to the Department of Education expressing frustration about aspects of the new(...)

Claire Keaveney, divisional executive committee, and Harold Hislop, Chief Inspector, Department of Education and Skills, at the Impact education division conference at the Clayton Hotel in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The Government’s “one size fits all” JobBridge programme “needs to be dissolved”, a report for Impact’s education division has recommended.The report (...)

A Government genealogy website will this week restore access to some civil records that were removed after The Irish Times highlighted security conce(...)

Irish Water has announced a boost in the number of customer service agents at the Cork-based company Abtran, with 750 agents available to take calls from the public as the billing commences. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Irish Water bills will begin arriving at customers’ homes from Wednesday as the utility begins charging for water usage over the past three months. Cu(...)

Roller derby: the sport is relatively new in Ireland but is growing in popularity. Photograph: Dave Meehan

State-funded sports facilities in Inchicore and Crumlin are at risk of closure, following a recommendation by Government agency Pobal against continui(...)

Kevin Humphreys: said more than 60 per cent of social welfare recipients already received their payments directly into their accounts. Photograph: Davd Sleator.

The Department of Social Protection will not be issuing “any further letters at this stage” about pension payment arrangements, Minister of State Kev(...)

The judge adjourned the case until June: the offence can result in a fine of up to €2,500 and/or a six-month sentence in addition to paying back the money

A debt collector has pleaded guilty to claiming more than €20,000 in disability benefits while working.Donal O’Neill (46), of Shanliss Avenue, Santry,(...)