‘The payments were cut by one-third in 2014 from €150 to €100 for primary school children aged four to 11, and from €250 to €200 for secondary school students aged 12 to 17. This was a cold, deliberate choice to increase poverty among the children we know to be most vulnerable.’ Photograph: Getty Images

In government, as in medicine, the first principle should be – first do no harm. And in a State that has a shocking crisis of child poverty, the first(...)