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An additional € 10 million had been allocated for people with disabilities over and above what had been announced on Budget day in October.

A number of measures to increase supports for people with disabilities and their carers, such as increased respite hours and better access to local GP(...)

The Seanad heard that figures released recently showed that life expectancy had increased by about five years. File Photograph: Getty Images

The number of people over 65 years old in the State will rise from 637,000 to more than one million within a decade, Fine Gael Senator Colm Burke has (...)

The Minister for Employment and Social Protection Regina Doherty said the new legislation would significantly improve the employment protections for people  in less secure arrangements. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The Government is to ban zero-hours contracts in most circumstances and strengthen rights for workers on insecure contracts and those working variable(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: to date, some 2.98 million public services cards have been issued, he said on Thursday. File photograph: Eric Luke

The cost of the Government’s public services card (PSC) project has reached almost €54.6 million to date, including nearly €29 million to pay up to 2(...)

A recent UK study found that coercive control was apparent in 92 per cent of domestic killings.

Psychological abuse and controlling behaviour within a relationship is to become a crime punishable by up to five years in prison. The offence of “co(...)

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty said  no letter about maintenance requirements should be sent out to abuse victims. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Women who have been abused by an ex-partner and are seeking the lone parent’s allowance will no longer have to contact their abuser or provide evidenc(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is seen on Monday at the funeral of former TD Donal Creed in Cork on Monday. Mr Varadkar will resume talks on Monday with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin in a bid to avoid a general election. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin will meet this afternoon in an attempt to avert a pre-Christmas general election t(...)

 Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty confirmed on Friday that payments will be automatically paid this week, despite ongoing political ructions. However, she warned that increases for 2018, such as the €5 increase from March in the state pension, are “in limbo”, due to delays enacting the Social Welfare Bill. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Some 1.2 million welfare recipients are set to receive a Christmas bonus this week, although delays in enacting the Social Welfare Bill may put 2018 (...)

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald: under pressure from  Opposition. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald was not informed of a phone call between Nóirín O’Sullivan and her Department over the adversarial legal strategy towards (...)

The move to make the self-employed eligible for State income supports is expected to cost in the region of €23 million in 2018.

It has been a while in coming, but from December 1st some 326,000 self-employed people will be entitled to long-term sick pay, giving the safety net o(...)

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