Brian Bobey (61),  is accused of stealing sums of money, property of the Department of Social Protection, at Errigal Road Post Office in Drimnagh in Dublin between 1997 and 2013. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A Dublin man is to face trial accused of stealing about €160,000 by fraudulently drawing his dead mother’s pension for 16 years. Brian Bobey (61), app(...)

The Department of Social Protection said that from July 2nd, a lone parent whose youngest child is seven years of age or older would “transition” from the one-parent family scheme onto another social welfare payment.  File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Lone parents’ groups and others have called on the Government to reverse a change in policy on the ‘one-parent family’ payment, claiming many will be (...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton has defended cuts to the lone parent allowance which will affect thousands of families. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Changes to the lone parent allowance that are being introduced by the Government this week will prove to be extremely damaging for the Labour Party, S(...)

First announced by the Government in the budget in October 2013, free GP care for the under-sixes was seen as the first step in a roll-out of free GP care for all. Photograph: Katarzyna Bialasiewicz/Getty Images/iStockphoto

From Tuesday, under-sixes across the State – or more accurately their parents – will be able to avail of free GP visits under a new regime. But if yo(...)

Irish Water managing director John Tierney. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Householders who register with Irish Water will be entitled to received a €100 conservation grant from the Government even if they do not pay their wa(...)

Barna postmistress, Seona O’Fegan intends to stand in the Galway West constituency as a member of the Community and Post Office Candidates Group. Photograph: Pat Moore

Galway postmistress Seona O’Fegan has initiated her Independent candidacy for the next general election with a pledge to fight for the “vibrancy of co(...)

Axenia Alexei, a mother-of-one of Rossvale, Portlaoise, Co Laois, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to stealing a total of €15,339 from the Department of Social Protection at Swords Post Office, Swords, Dublin between July 2012 and March 2014.

A woman who used a false PPS number to claim more than €15,000 in unemployment benefits has received a two-year suspended sentence. The court heard th(...)

Four options on increasing the weekly allowance paid to asylum seekers have been considered by the working group. Photograph: The Irish Times

Weekly welfare payments to asylum seekers should be more than doubled, a report on reform of the asylum system will recommend. The report, by a workin(...)

Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke at the demonstration in support of Clerys workers outside the store in O’Connell Street, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke 3:03

The 130 or so direct employees of Clery s who lost their jobs when the company went into liquidation last week are expected to receive only statutory (...)

Minister for Children James Reilly: “I am aware that there are concerns being expressed by a number of groups with regard to the position of young persons and children.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Children James Reilly has disagreed with Tánaiste Joan Burton on the recently published Gender Recognition Bill as it relates to children(...)