Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton: welfare entitlement of income disregard will remain at €90 a week,  she  will tell the Dáil as it  debates the second stage of the Social Welfare Bill. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Planned cuts to welfare payments for lone parents who take up work, due to take effect in January, will not now go ahead. The policy reversal will be(...)

So far this year 729 children in almost 400 families in Dublin have  lost their homes

Children are going to school hungry – not just without breakfast but not having had anything to eat since they left the previous day. Families (...)

Almost two years after details of a new after-school childcare scheme were announced, just over 100 children are availing of it

An ambitious Government plan to provide thousands of after-school places for children of parents returning to the workforce has resulted in just a (...)

Donald and Jane Maxwell at their Cabinteely home with their grandchildren (front, from left) Charlie Hilliard, Clara Maxwell, Lucy Hilliard, Alison Plunkett and Lisa Maxwell; (back row, from left) Tanya Plunkett, David Maxwell, Daniel Plunkett and Ben Hilliard. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It took a long trek from Dublin, and many rounds of “I Spy”, to visit my only granny, who lived in Norfolk. But anticipation of the pleasure of being (...)

“There are lots of advantages to staying on welfare,” says Iris Swift (25). Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

The last thing Iris Swift wants to be is reliant on State hand-outs. But sometimes it feels like the barriers she faces in getting back to work are in(...)

Janet Mahon: ‘It is important to us that she [Abigail Kate] is in a warm environment with an equal focus on play and learning.’

Working parents often believe their child’s first day at school will bring an end to their childcare burden. Bless their innocence. People who have be(...)

Sinéad Gibney, the social action manager at Google, has been appointed  director of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.

The head of Google’s social action division has been appointed director-designate of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. Sinéad Gibney wi(...)

Alison Begas, chief executive officer at the Dublin Well Woman Centre: says  there is a “lot of uncertainty” as to how the Department of Health expects crisis pregnancy counsellors to refer suicidal women

Clear protocols must be issued urgently to crisis pregnancy counsellors on how they should deal with suicidal pregnant women under new legislation (...)

Musical Memories choir rehearses. 2:34

When people develop dementia, they often withdraw from the community they have known all their lives for fear of getting lost, confused, not recognisi(...)

 Mark Kennedy, chairman The Homeless Oversight Group, Sr Stanislaus Kennedy  and Mark Byrne, CEO, at the launch of the Focus Ireland Annual Report, in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

One family a day is ending up homeless despite repeated Government pledges to tackle the housing crisis, campaigners have warned.Speaking at the launc(...)