Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe:  his comment that the marriage bar that forced women out of the Irish workplace was “bonkers” gave the issue of women and pensions much-needed oxygen.  Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

The 36,000 or so people, mostly women, who have been living with the reality or prospect of a reduced state pension could be forgiven this week for sh(...)

Pensions: a troubling anomaly

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty has undertaken to review an anomaly whereby up to 40,000 people, mainly women, receive smaller State pen(...)

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty: said reversal of changes that resulted in 36,000 people receiving reduced payments would happen in ‘matter of weeks’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government suffered three defeats in the Dáil on motions about the pension anomaly, the extension of the Cork city boundary into the county area a(...)

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty said  reversing the 2012 pension changes would unnecessarily benefit people who have access to other resources. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty has defended the pensions changes made under the Fine Gael-Labour government which most affected women. (...)

Minister for  Social Protection Regina Doherty: “I’m saying Fianna Fáil can’t be trusted. They can’t be trusted with the economy. They can’t be trusted with the sincerity of actually saying something that people can believe in.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty is standing over her claims that Fianna Fáil “can’t be trusted” despite calls from Willie O’Dea for her(...)

 Fianna Fáil TD Fiona O’Loughlin and party spokesman on social protection Willie O’Dea TD during a press briefing by the party on  pensions. Photograph: Collins

A Dáil debate on Wednesday night provides the “appropriate” opportunity for Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty to apologise for calling Fia(...)

The Government has promised reform of the State pension system from 2020 but only for people who start work from that date. Photograph: Getty Images

The Government has promised reform of the State pension system from 2020 but only for people who start work from that date. Minister for Employment (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “Staff and office holders are assigned equipment from stock as required to enable them carry out their official functions,” said his department.   Photograph: Cole Burston/Bloomberg

A selection of new iPads, a €15 kettle and office paintings were among the items ordered by Government Ministers on their appointments earlier this ye(...)

Leo Varadkar, then minister for social protection, with Kathleen Stack of the Department of Social Protection in April. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Social welfare fraud detection is down significantly so far this year despite a prominent campaign launched by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar encouraging the (...)

Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe in an RTÉ studio. He faced tricky question from listeners of Today with Sean O’Rourke. Photograph:   Brian Lawless/PA Wire

On Wednesday, as Sean O’Rourke finishes his Q&A session with Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe, he sums up proceedings with succinct if brutal (...)