Karen Kiernan

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The fact that vulnerable families only have the option of the new scheme is a big concern for childcare providers working in the most disadvantaged areas in Ireland. Photograph: iStock

Low-income families on existing childcare subsidy programmes will be allowed to remain on them “indefinitely”, despite the online launch of the new Na(...)

Children are often used as pawns by parents fighting over maintenance payments. Photograph: iStock

When father-of-two David moved out of the family home, he agreed with his ex-wife to pay half the bills and the shopping for their young children. But(...)

Suzanne Connolly of Barnardos said: ‘The Government can use Budget 2020 to make a start by making school books free for every child in primary school.’ Photograph: iStock

Government must ensure all children receive a hot meal a day, free school books at primary level and the opportunity to have a hobby, according to the(...)

Emma O’Brien at Spanish Point beach near her home in Milltown Malbay, Co Clare. Photograph: Eamon Ward

In an interview 10 years ago, Mary Hanafin, then Fianna Fáil minister for social affairs, announced what would be seen as the start of a departmental (...)

Karen Kiernan, chief executive of One Family, which commissioned the study: “I would love an agency that deals purely with separation.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

In theory it sounds simple. Two adults who are no longer in an intimate relationship park their differences to ensure the children have a continuing (...)

Many social welfare payments have not seen an increase for seven years.

All weekly social welfare payments are to increase by €5 per week from March 2017, bringing basic rates to €193 per week, under Budget 2017. Many of(...)

In his article of June 7th, “Overlooked welfare system key to avoiding rise in inequality” (Business Opinion & Analysis), John FitzGerald refers t(...)

One Family chief executive Karen Kiernan:  “It is unacceptable to continue to sentence a generation of children to a lifetime of poverty and poor life chances.”  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The proportion of people at risk of poverty has increased, with single parents and their children suffering the highest rates of deprivation(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has defended her decision to proceed with social welfare reforms as essential to helping lone parents get out of the poverty trap. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times.

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has defended her decision to proceed with social welfare reforms as essential to helping lone (...)

Karen Kiernan of One Family: “This reform process is forcing lone parents who are already working part-time to give up their jobs because they no longer meet the eligibility criteria and because work does not pay, meaning even greater poverty.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Tánaiste Joan Burton will today meet lone parent groups as pressure mounts on the Government to delay welfare reforms which will affect 30,000 lone(...)

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