Both Patrick  Cullen and Sarah Ryan were told by the Department of Social Protection last December they were not entitled to an exceptional needs payment  because their need was not exceptional and “not unforeseen”.

An elderly man has challenged a refusal to pay him an exceptional needs payment for winter clothing. Patrick Cullen (83), of Ballybough Court, Ballyb(...)

A Mabs office  in Dundrum, Co Dublin. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

In the latest move in a disturbing saga, the Citizens Information Board (CIB) has withdrawn the small amount of funding it provides to the Money Advic(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone: A spokeswoman said the Minister had committed to meet the Time4Us board and local TDs to “re-examine the situation in Galway”.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A pioneering service to allow children spend time with parents who do not live with them, and the only one of its kind in the State, faces closure at(...)

A conference heard that demographic pressures meant the country was facing into stormy weather in relation to pension provision. Photograph: iStock

Future Government incentives for those who want to work beyond the traditional retirement age could include permitting people to defer their State pen(...)

Pensions reform: Regina Doherty announced the changes last month. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Pension reforms announced with fanfare by Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty will benefit far fewer women than campaigners had originally e(...)

Poverty: a widening gap

The publication of an important study by the Economic and Social Research institute (ESRI) which shows that vulnerable adults in our society experienc(...)

My understanding is that anyone retiring between now and 2020 will have the choice of using the existing system or the new total contributions system – whichever is more beneficial to them financially. Photograph: Getty Images

I’m due to get my contributory State pension from June this year. Is the “pension reform” announced last week essentially a “fix” for women with reduc(...)

South Dublin County Council accounted for the highest pay-outs of any local authority, as HAP tenancies in the county cost €22.1 million in 2017. Photograph: Frank Miller

South Dublin and Dublin City Councils paid out the most under housing assistance payments (HAP) in 2017, a county-by-county breakdown of payments unde(...)

 Maria Redmond (61), with an address in Comeragh Road, Drimnagh,  arrives at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court  where she received a 10 month prison sentence. Photograph:  Collins Courts.

A mother-of-four who stole about €100,000 in fraudulent social welfare payments has been sentenced to 10 in months in prison. Maria Redmond (61) clai(...)

Minister for  Social Protection Regina Doherty: new system comes into place on March 30th.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty has announced significant reform of the State contributory pension. But what does it all mean, and will (...)

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