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 Minister for  Social Protection  Regina Doherty and chairwoman of the Citizen Information Board   Ita Mangan review the organisation’s annual report. Photograph: Colm Mahady, Fennells

‘Irish citizenship’ and ‘Irish passport’ were the most searched for terms on the Citizens Information website last year, with thousands of hits from U(...)

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In the latest move in a disturbing saga, the Citizens Information Board (CIB) has withdrawn the small amount of funding it provides to the Money Advic(...)

Abhaile chairperson Ita Mangan, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar  and Abhaile chief executive Angela Black.

The Money Advice and Budgeting Service (Mabs) and the Citizens Information services (CIS) are acknowledged to be invaluable services that are embedded(...)

The Government lost by 90 votes to 51 on a Fianna Fáil motion to halt plans to regionalise the services. File photograph: Alan Betson

The Government has been defeated in a vote on a planned restructuring of the Money Advice and Budgeting Service (Mabs) and the Citizens Information se(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea  accused the Citizen Information Board of failing to consult with either the staff or the clients of Mabs on its proposed restructuring. Photograph: Eric Luke

Staff at the Money Advice and Budgeting Service (Mabs) are “horrified” at proposals to reorganise the service, an Oireachtas committee has heard. Fia(...)

AIB, Bank of Ireland, KBC, Permanent TSB and Ulster Bank have agreed to provide €2 million a year between them over the next three years to fund StepChange’s service. Photograph: Thierry Roge/Reuters

UK charity StepChange plans to offer a free and independent debt advisory service in Ireland from November 16th after securing €6 million in funding (...)

Deirdre Rice, centre co ordinator with MABS in Bray, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Outside Storm Rachel is making its presence felt in the seaside town of Bray on a cold Thursday in January. Inside the local Money Advice and Budgetin(...)

Media reports yesterday and at the weekend were pretty clear in creating a picture whereby, for reasons that were obscure to the Central Bank, Mabs, having won the competion to be the independent third party service provider to the scheme, had subsequently withdrawn.

After yesterday’s statement from the Money Advice and Budgeting Service concerning their involvement or otherwise in the proposed Central Bank pilot s(...)