The newly-appointed Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys. File photograph: Julien Behal/PA.

The number of people receiving the special Covid-19 pandemic unemployment payment has fallen to 439,000, the Department of Social Protection said on M(...)

The Government is to extend the meals programme for disadvantaged schools until the end of the summer. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government is to extend the school meals programme for disadvantaged schools until the end of the summer. The Department of Social Protection ind(...)

President Michael D  Higgins presents new Ministers with their Seal of Office on Saturday night.

Sweeping changes to Ministerial roles have been introduced as Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan appoin(...)

The secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Robert Watt is expected to warn that ‘a delayed recovery in the economy, for example, could see a deficit of up to €30bn this year’. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

For every euro the State is likely to raise in income tax this year it will pay out about €1.60 on social welfare, the Oireachtas committee on Covid-1(...)

Catherine Bannon,  head of the passport office on Mount Street. Photograph: Alan Betson

At the start of March hundreds of staff in the Passport Office were gearing themselves up for another busy season processing applications from tens of(...)

So-called baby rooms are often uneconomical to run because of the carer-child ratios required for the care of very young children. Photograph: iStock

A group of 20 TDs have called on the Government to extend maternity leave benefits for women who were on maternity leave at the height of lockdown mea(...)

Ahmed Awadalla (8), a student at Our Lady of Lourdes NS, Goldenbridge, Dublin, with his dad, Tarig Awadalla. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Thousands of the country’s poorest children are at risk of “holiday hunger” if free school meals programmes are not extended – or substituted – throug(...)

ITAA said consumers should “adhere to the current travel guidelines from the Department, which state that non-essential travel should be avoided until further notice”. File photograph: Natascha Libbert/Bloomberg

A group representing Irish travel agents has expressed concern that airlines will start operating a significantly increased number of flights out of I(...)

The Revenue Commissioners stressed that the security of its own systems had not been compromised in any way. File photograph: Joe St Leger

Revenue fears that up to 3,000 taxpayers have given bank and personal details to fraudsters trying to steal cash by offering people fictional tax refu(...)

Ombudsman and Information Commissioner Peter Tyndall. Photograph: Alan Betson

A doctor discussing another person’s medical history with a patient and a local authority censuring a tenant over a tweet were among the cases the omb(...)

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