Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has defended her decision to proceed with social welfare reforms as essential to helping lone parents get out of the poverty trap. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times.

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has defended her decision to proceed with social welfare reforms as essential to helping lone (...)

Karen Kiernan of One Family: “This reform process is forcing lone parents who are already working part-time to give up their jobs because they no longer meet the eligibility criteria and because work does not pay, meaning even greater poverty.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Tánaiste Joan Burton will today meet lone parent groups as pressure mounts on the Government to delay welfare reforms which will affect 30,000 lone(...)

Michael McNamara said he was not prepared “to gamble with what I believe is the key to the economic development of all of this State.” Photograph: Eric Luke/ THE IRISH TIMES

The decision was finally made to sell off some of the family silver in the Dáil yesterday. It was removed from the State’s sideboard amid bitter excha(...)

Brintha Sukumaran, a sister of Australian death row prisoner Myuran Sukumaran’s screams as she arrives at Wijaya Pura port to visit her brother at Nusakambangan prison ahead of the executions of the Bali Nine. Photograph:  Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images 2:10

Nine drug traffickers have held emotional farewell meetings with their families after the Indonesian government rejected last-ditch pleas from around (...)

The Department of Social Protection says  changes to the One Parent Family Payment are necessary to activate lone parents away from the “passive” OPFP scheme and into the labour market. File photograph: Getty Images

Organisations working with lone parents have warned of the confusion and distress they say has been caused by forthcoming changes to the One Parent Fa(...)

‘Many older people grew up in a different era where we had to deal with distorted and unhealthy attitudes towards sex,’ says Anne Dempsey of the Third Age Foundation, a voluntary group which promotes active ageing. Photograph posed by models: Thinkstock

The common ground shared by young and old in relation to family values in the Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll comes as little surprise to many whose work (...)

Hannah Boylan: ‘No one I know who has children had this much sickness so it came as a shock to be so unwell. I am sick multiple times a day.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

It’s an ongoing joke in Hannah Boylan’s office that everyone knows it’s 4pm because she’s slumped so low on her desk nobody can see her.Expecting her (...)

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 (...)