A grant from the State’s grants agency can be a crucial factor in a student’s decision on whether to accept a course offer. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

It’s easy to choose a college course – but being in a position to pay registration fees, living costs and spiralling rental accommodation is something(...)

A view of  a public services card. File  photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Evidence continues to mount that the beleaguered and ill-considered public services card (PSC) is the wannabe cross-departmental project that has beco(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe: hearing is likely to be the first in a series of battles over the future of the public services card. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Department of Social Protection has appealed against an enforcement notice handed down by the Data Protection Commissioner on the controversial pu(...)

Karen Underwood said she was angry about the request and that it would not have been asked of a heterosexual married couple

Irish Rail has apologised to a married lesbian couple after they were asked for proof of their marriage or civil partnership to buy tickets. Mary McN(...)

The HSE will now receive more than €17 billion next year including the additional €50 million approved by the Cabinet as part of the revised financial estimates. File photograph: Getty

The Government has provided an additional €50 million to provide the health service with its largest-ever budget next year. However controversial empl(...)

The long-awaited enforcement notice follows a damning investigation into the public services card project in August

The Data Protection Commissioner has issued an enforcement notice on the controversial public services card project to the Department of Social Protec(...)

Sean ONeill (72)  pleaded guilty to theft at Dublin Circuit Court. Photograph:  Collins Courts

A liquidator who failed to pass on money transferred into his bank account from the Department of Social Protection to the intended recipient has been(...)

Mulhuddart Community Centre staff Audrey McGuirk, Angela Priestly, Joe Byrne and Kathleen Brennan are paid minimum wage while colleagues in same jobs earn more. Photograph: Alan Betson

Over 1,000 workers in some of the most disadvantaged areas are being paid minimum wage while colleagues doing the same work are getting €3 per hour mo(...)

A direct provision centre in Foynes, Co. Limerick. The State has issued tender documents to find accommodation for asylum seekers across 26 counties. Photograph: Brian Gavin

The Government has pledged to engage with local communities around the country as it moves to finalise negotiations on the locations of new regional d(...)

After AIB wrote to him in Drogheda in 2015, Daniel  Lannon made a complaint to the Data Protection Commissioner. Photograph: iStock

A damages action by a man whose address was given by a then employee of the Department of Social Protection to a private detective hired by solicitors(...)

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