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Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty will establish a judge-led group to examine how to improve the enforcement of child maintenance payments. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty will establish a judge-led group to examine how to improve the enforcement of child maintenance payments(...)

Sinn Féin spokesman John Brady said the belief tenants would stop paying their rent thinking the department would cover the arrears ‘shows a worrying attitude within the department’. Photograph: iStock

Senior civil servants warned there was a “very real moral hazard” of tenants not paying their rent if emergency social welfare payments were provided (...)

Minister for Social Protection told Fianna Fáil spokesman Willie O’Dea she ‘won’t stand here and have you challenge me and have you telling me I’m telling you lies. I don’t deserve that’. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

There were heated exchanges in the Dáil in a row over the Public Services Card (PSC) when Minister for Employment Affairs Regina Doherty told her Fian(...)

Tánaiste Simon  Coveney also insisted that the position on the operation by Government of the card was ‘rock solid’. He said it would be strongly defended if legally tested.

The Government’s defence of its operation of the Public Service Card (PSC) is “rock solid”, according to the Tánaiste. Simon Coveney said there was “(...)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty insisted that she is not undermining the Data Protection Commissioner’s office, which ruled that it was illegal to force the public to apply for a PSC for services other than social welfare.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Parents without a public services card (PSC) will not have to acquire one to apply for a new childcare scheme which comes into effect in the autumn, t(...)

Luggala:  sale price is believed to be significantly less than the €28 million asking price

Campaigners for countryside rambling rights have called on the new owner of Luggala to allow continued public access to parts of the Co Wicklow estate(...)

“We are going to consider the report and issue a full response as soon as we can,” Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty said on Friday.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The State could face costly legal action arising from the public services card (PSC) controversy, with civil society groups saying they are considerin(...)

Gerry Adams: he has rejected suggestions he has sent a signal to Belfast that Mary Lou McDonald needs time, free of the demands for an immediate Border poll, to rebuild in the Republic

There are some lessons to be drawn from the Irish electoral experience of the past decade. The first is that there is a growing wedge of voters with (...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Pearse Doherty: ‘What we have are the posh boys and girls of Fine Gael developing policies for people who are struggling.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin has accused the Government of failing to understand the difficulties of people struggling to buy or rent homes because Fine Gael “posh boys (...)

Edward Mernagh, Jen Tymlin, Annabelle (8) and Poppy (5) at their home in Co Wicklow. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

The carefree days of summer were stretching ahead for the Mernagh family in June 2016, with one more week of school left for their eldest child Annabe(...)

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