Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan: has expressed concern about the use of JobBridge in schools, saying she wished to be ensure there was ‘no abuse’ of the scheme. Photograph: The Irish Times 2:01

Almost 100 jobs in the education sector are being advertised under the JobBridge internship scheme ahead of start of the school year, including primar(...)

 Fr Peter McVerry said that hitherto, the issue of homelessness was not a major issue for the main political parties as they didn’t see the homeless as voters. File photograph: David Ryder/Reuters

Campaigner for the homeless, Fr Peter McVerry has backed a call by founder of Focus Ireland, Sr Stanislaus Kennedy to hold a referendum on the right t(...)

Gary Mulvany (37), who now resides at an apartment in Summerhill, in Dublin 1, has been convicted of benefit fraud in a prosecution brought by the Department of Social Protection.

A Dublin man fraudulently claimed almost €30,000 in benefits for three years when he was living in Lanzarote, a court has heard. Gary Mulvany (37), w(...)

Labour has dismissed FG strategist Frank Flanney’s MacGill Summer School proposal of  a joint campaign for the general election. Photograph: The Irish Times

Labour Party TDs have expressed strong opposition to a suggestion by a Fine Gael strategist that both Coalition parties contest the election on a join(...)

FLAC said that 13.5 per cent of calls they received about social welfare last year were regarding overpayments

Two legal rights groups have said that recovery of social welfare overpayments by the Department of Social Protection may put people at risk of destit(...)

Minister for European Affairs and Data Protection Dara Murphy said the new forum would deal with the opportunities and challenges posed by the increasing use of personal data.

Challenges in dealing with the increased generation and use of personal information will be the focus of a new advisory group to the Government, which(...)

 Postmasters across the country have posted new social protection forms, which recommend using banks instead of the post office, back to the Department of Social Protection. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Irish postmasters have accused the Government of trying to divert business away from post offices and have returned thousands of new social protection(...)

The Scandinavian childcare system has evolved “because of a cultural consensus that simply does not exist in Ireland.”

Tánaiste Joan Burton is under pressure because of her cuts to the one-parent family payment, not least because she promised not to introduce them unti(...)

Joan Burton described events at Clerys as “predatory capitalism”. She said she would “use every legal avenue to vindicate the State and taxpayers’ rights”

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton is considering placing a representative of her department on a committee which would inves(...)

A banner on the facade of the European Commission headquarters in Brussels. Ireland has the highest expenditure rate on unemployment in the EU, according to the European Commission’s statistics agency Eurostat. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters.

Ireland has the highest expenditure rate on unemployment in the EU, according to the European Commission’s statistics agency Eurostat. It found Irelan(...)