Single mothers of young children among most important workers

The message could not be clearer: Lone parents in Ireland have been impoverished by measures brought in by the Fine Gael/Labour government in 2012 which aimed to push them into employment.

Yes, the rate of employment among lone parents increased slightly between 2012 and 2017.

After the publication of the indecon report into the measures in 2017, this was trumpeted by Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty as proof that the 2012 activation measures were working.

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