Minister for Social Protection and Employment Affairs Regina Doherty.  Her department’s annual report shows  child benefit was paid to 625,000 individuals with 1.2 million children at a cost of about €2.1 billion. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A total of €38.4 million in public money was the subject of social welfare fraud in 2017, which was down slightly on the year before, new figures show(...)

Muintir na Tíre chief executive Niall Garvey said it was amazing that there was no national policy for rural Ireland.  “There have been white papers, strategies and so on, but there is no national policy as to where we see rural Ireland, what we think it should be like, how we get there and what are the services needed to support that. Where is the line in the sand beyond which we are not going to cut any more of those services?” File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

An alliance of organisations has vowed to make rural Ireland an election issue as their Save Rural Ireland campaign gets off the ground.Muintir na Tír(...)

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton: established JobBridge in 2011.  Photograph: Frank Miller

A total of 228 JobBridge interns have been taken on by 14 Government Departments, but none of them has been kept on after completing their placemen(...)