Regina Doherty: “When you break it down there are some who are taking more than a minimum essential living standard from the State but there are a lot of people who are not”

The welfare system is not “working” for thousands of households living in poverty, and radical change to systems is needed, Minister for Social Protec(...)

Regina Doherty,  Minister for Social Protection:  ‘It’s about ensuring everyone has a minimum standard of living.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

It is not “fair” that some older people receive State pensions that are more than they need while others on the same amount live in poverty, Minister (...)

Minister for Finance Pascal Donohoe said records on Civil Service staff alone, as at the end of May, showed there were “just below 1,000 staff members” on less than the living wage. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Almost 1,000 civil servants are surviving on less than the so-called living wage, Minister for Finance Pascal Donohoe has revealed. Temporary clerica(...)

The decision to increase the so-called living wage will boost wages at companies such as Aldi, Lidl and Ikea, which have signed up to the living wage campaign. Photograph: Alan Betson

Thousands of Irish workers are in line for a pay rise following a decision to increase the so-called living wage, which is paid voluntarily by certain(...)

Elaine Howley, policy and advocacy director with the National Council for the Blind of Ireland: “Those of us who live with visual impairment incur extra costs every week so that we can just live ordinary lives.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Blind people need an additional €45 a week just to enjoy a minimum standard of living, according to new research which for the first time quantifies t(...)

The Low Pay Commission has recommended increasing the national minimum wage per hour  by 30 cent

The minimum wage is expected to be increased by 30 cent to €9.55 per hour later this year. It is understood the Low Pay Commission has recommended t(...)

The report finds that an urban couple with an infant will need a basic net income of €420 per week, including €89.73 for food, €22.66 for clothing and €7.17 for bin charges. Photograph: Getty Images

One-parent families are better off working part-time than full-time for the minimum wage of €9.25 per hour, while two-parent families lose income if b(...)

Safefood report reveals that average spend per person in a four-person household is €35. Photograph: Getty Images

A family already struggling to make ends meet will have to spend more than one-third of their entire weekly budget on food if they want to eat a healt(...)

Catholic groups said the policy of the last 20 years of relying on the private rented sector to meet social housing needs had proven “a dismal failure”. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Four Catholic Church-related social justice organisations have called on all candidates and voters in the forthcoming general election to make housing(...)

The use of contractors in the IT, pharmaceutical, health and engineering sectors has been promoted by both employers and recruitment firms. File photograph: PA Photo

State agencies are stepping up investigations into companies who employ workers as self-employed contractors on a bogus basis to cut their overheads. (...)

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