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Minister for Employment Affairs Regina Doherty said that without JobPath they would not have 5.3 per cent unemployment which had dropped from 15.7 per cent Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Employment Affairs Regina Doherty has accused Independent TD Mattie McGrath of “bullying” which she said she would not tolerate, during s(...)

Children are the single biggest group of the population living in poverty. They worry about their parents and learn not to ask. And as they get older they become more aware and feel inferior

No Child 2020 is an initiative by The Irish Times providing a sustained focus on child welfare and children’s issues. We explore the problems facing c(...)

Minister for  Social Protection Regina Doherty: ‘The vast majority of our schools don’t have kitchens and we’re not going to retrofit all of the schools that don’t but there are other ways that we can do this’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Free hot meals could be made available to every school in the country under a plan to be proposed by Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty. M(...)

Leo Varadkar receives a birthday cake from DCU students and staff in Ballymun. The guest list for the Taoiseach’s birthday party has been putting noses out of joint. Photograph:  Julien Behal

It’s been like living through the opening scenes of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory this week in Leinster House, with a cast of increasingly for(...)

Members of the INMO and the Psychiatric Nurses Association are scheduled to stage a series of strikes in the weeks ahead. Photograph: Frank Miller

Nurses have said pay is not the cause of the planned strikes to take place in the weeks ahead, but it is the solution. The Irish Nurses and Midwives (...)

The number of long-term claimants on the register last month was 79,542, down 18.8 per cent compared to the same month a year earlier

The number of people on the Live Register fell to its lowest since April 2008 last month, new figures from the Central Statistics Office show. Accord(...)

Example of Public Services Card: Not ‘mandatory’ – but ‘necessary’

What is the purpose of the Public Services Card (PSC)? My experience this week is that it is incapable of providing an obvious, beneficial service. Ye(...)

In total, 55,652 fathers have availed of paternity benefit since the programme’s inception in September 2016. Photograph: iStock

Only about 40 per cent of men who have just become fathers are availing of paternity benefit, new figures released by the Department of Social Protect(...)

“Credit unions are not banks,” said one Minister, adding that they usually “look after” people who may usually have difficulty accessing credit from banks. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Proposals brought before Cabinet this week to allow credit unions to expand their business by offering higher-risk loans led to concerns from a number(...)

Racehorse trainer Aidan O’Brien at Ballydoyle Stables in Rosegreen, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government has eased rules regulating the hours worked by racehorse trainers’ staff ahead of one of the industry’s busiest weeks. The move comes (...)

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