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Minister for Finance Pascal Donohoe with RTÉ Radio 1’s Sean O’Rourke: Budget 2020 delivers increases in the number of subsidised childcare hours available to most families. Photograph: Kinlan Photography

A broad welcome for increased childcare entitlements was offset on Wednesday by disappointment among childcare workers and some lone parents following(...)

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty: current situation ‘not a great way to do things’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty has voiced support for the campaign to establish an agency to adjudicate on child maintenance cases so p(...)

Minister for Children  Katherine Zappone: ‘No one will lose out, especially those at the lower end of the income scale, as we transition to the new scheme.’ Photograph:   Eric Luke

The poorest families will not “lose out” as a raft of childcare supports are phased out later this year, Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has p(...)

‘I am already totally stretched financially. Where am I going to find an extra €400 a month? I’ll have to give up work,’ says one single mother. Photograph: iStock

Some of the “poorest single parents” could be forced to give up work as changes to the subsidised childcare programmes, due to take effect from Octobe(...)

An ESRI report published in January found 21 per cent of lone parent families in consistent poverty compared with 6 per cent of families with two parents. File photograph: Getty Images

How lone parents are treated in the budget will be a test of the Government’s commitment to gender equality, organisations and individuals advocating (...)

 Sarah Conway with her children Kyra (11), Amelia (4) and Hallie (3) at home in Cork Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Lone parent Sarah Conway thought she would never be able to turn around again and say “life is amazing”. But that’s what it’s like in the depths of de(...)

ESRI analyst Prof Richard Layte said: ‘We’re still not seeing investment in community services and the early environment.’ File photograph: Frank Miller

Politicians were “queasy” about tackling child poverty because it would involve improving the living standards of their parents, a senior analyst with(...)

There are fears that a new childcare scheme announced by Minister for Children Katherine Zappone (above) could lead to increased childcare costs for some of the poorest families in the State.  Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos.

Childcare costs for some of the State’s poorest families could increase under the Government’s new affordable childcare scheme, a lobby group for lone(...)

Lone-parent groups have asked the Department of Social Protection for “urgent clarification” of the situation. Photograph: iStock

The Department of Social Protection has written to thousands of non-custodial parents telling them they are no longer liable to pay maintenance for th(...)

Serena Williams beating her sister Venus at Wimbledon on Monday. Photograph: Reuters/Toby Melville

The Irish Times produced a Women’s Power List recently because, first, we’re worth it and, second, the BBC’s Women’s Hour radio programme had done (...)

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