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  Sinn Féin TD John Brady

Elected in 2016, Sinn Féin’s John Brady was the party’s first Dáil representative in Wicklow for almost 100 years. The 46-year-old’s popularity stay(...)

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty says advice from the Attorney General and external lawyers was that  the mandatory use of the card across government was permitted.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty has insisted the Data Protection Commissioner has misinterpreted the law governing the use of the Public(...)

Rondo Foods makes snack foods for dogs and cats. Photograph: iStock

Pet food manufacturer Rondo Foods could close its Arklow plant as soon as January 2020, leaving about 150 people out of work. In a statement, the co(...)

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty will establish a judge-led group to examine how to improve the enforcement of child maintenance payments. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty will establish a judge-led group to examine how to improve the enforcement of child maintenance payments(...)

Sinn Féin spokesman John Brady said the belief tenants would stop paying their rent thinking the department would cover the arrears ‘shows a worrying attitude within the department’. Photograph: iStock

Senior civil servants warned there was a “very real moral hazard” of tenants not paying their rent if emergency social welfare payments were provided (...)

Minister for Social Protection told Fianna Fáil spokesman Willie O’Dea she ‘won’t stand here and have you challenge me and have you telling me I’m telling you lies. I don’t deserve that’. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

There were heated exchanges in the Dáil in a row over the Public Services Card (PSC) when Minister for Employment Affairs Regina Doherty told her Fian(...)

Tánaiste Simon  Coveney also insisted that the position on the operation by Government of the card was ‘rock solid’. He said it would be strongly defended if legally tested.

The Government’s defence of its operation of the Public Service Card (PSC) is “rock solid”, according to the Tánaiste. Simon Coveney said there was “(...)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty insisted that she is not undermining the Data Protection Commissioner’s office, which ruled that it was illegal to force the public to apply for a PSC for services other than social welfare.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Parents without a public services card (PSC) will not have to acquire one to apply for a new childcare scheme which comes into effect in the autumn, t(...)

Luggala:  sale price is believed to be significantly less than the €28 million asking price

Campaigners for countryside rambling rights have called on the new owner of Luggala to allow continued public access to parts of the Co Wicklow estate(...)

“We are going to consider the report and issue a full response as soon as we can,” Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty said on Friday.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The State could face costly legal action arising from the public services card (PSC) controversy, with civil society groups saying they are considerin(...)

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