‘Zero consideration has been given to the issue of adequacy or coverage; it doesn’t benefit citizens in any real meaningful way,’ says one pensions professional. Photograph: iStock

As if pensions weren’t already complicated enough, a move at Government level to impose new EU regulations on members of all occupational schemes is s(...)

The Government has denied the Public Services Card is a national identity card

The Department of Social Protection has refused to release information regarding the Data Protection Commission’s investigation into the public servic(...)

A Crosscare report has found social welfare offices in Ireland were ‘failing to make Interpreter Services available to people who are not English speakers and in urgent need of access to social welfare supports’. File photograph: Peter Muhly

The great majority of migrants in Ireland are working, more so than that the local population, a new survey has found. Of the migrant population 73.(...)

What if it’s the State that is identifying you by the fact that you’re married? That sees you, not as an individual in your own right, but as a “wife”. What then? File photograph: Getty Images

If you’re married, how do you refer to yourself: Ms or Mrs? When you get a wedding invitation addressed to Mr & Mrs O’Neill, or Mr & Mrs John (...)

An increase in the PRSI rate of 4%  to 4.5%  would see someone earning €50,000 pay an additional €250 in PRSI a year, or someone earning €100,000 an additional €500 a year

The Government should consider increasing PRSI in the budget to boost its coffers and help pay for welfare benefits, according to the Department (...)

The Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon began  a formal investigation of the public services card project last October. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Data Protection Commissioner has denied claims by a senior civil servant driving the Government’s public services card (PSC) project that the comm(...)