A COMPREHENSIVE SERIES OF ARTICLES ON THIS TOPIC
A COMPREHENSIVE SERIES OF ARTICLES ON THIS TOPIC
Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty will today confirm Government approval for the preparation of a bill which will affirm the parental rights of same-sex couples on the birth certificates of children born through donor-assisted births.
Fri, 11 Jan, 2019
The Government will continue to “fully explain” what is in the deal, that the backstop is not a threat and “will not be there forever.”
Thu, 13 Dec, 2018
Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty has claimed there would be little demand among parents to share the current 26 weeks of paid maternity leave.
Fri, 16 Nov, 2018
A Cabinet member has come out against the delivery of the North-South interconnector, despite it being Government policy.
Sat, 06 Oct, 2018
According to the latest figures, the number of long term claimants on the Live Register in September was 86,406 marking an annual decrease of 18%.
Thu, 04 Oct, 2018
“I often have to make the choice between eating or heating.”
Thu, 27 Sep, 2018
The Government is launching a consultation process for the first step towards mandatory pensions this afternoon.
Wed, 22 Aug, 2018
Medics have welcomed new gender recognition laws for children but warn changes should be made slowly and carefully.
Thu, 19 Jul, 2018
A Fine Gael minister has warned that the country may be walked into a “needless” snap general election, the outcome of which would unlikely alter the makeup of the Dáil dramatically.
Tue, 03 Jul, 2018
Cash payments work for families. Robert Putnam, the US author of Bowling Alone, quotes research showing that a €3,000-a-year-payment in a child’s first three years improves that child’s academic performance and increases his or her eventual salary by 20%.
Thu, 07 Jun, 2018
"We protected the universal nature of the child benefit during the recession and I don't see why we should change it at this stage."
Tue, 05 Jun, 2018
You would think it would be obvious, whether a person is an employee or self-employed. So why should the employment minister be running a campaign to raise awareness about false self-employment in Ireland?
Mon, 14 May, 2018
The Government is to launch a public awareness campaign on bogus self-employment, amid concerns about the rise in employees deprived of entitlements by being forced to work as sole traders.
Tue, 08 May, 2018
Employment Affairs Minister Regina Doherty denies that Government figures are “muddying the waters” over the referendum on the Eighth Amendment and has also suggested that the vote might now go ahead in June.
Tue, 20 Feb, 2018
A senior government minister has said there is a "job of work to be done" if people are to be persuaded to back a referendum on changing abortion law.
Sun, 18 Feb, 2018
Pensioners who have lost out financially on State pension payments will not be reimbursed, despite a new system for calculating pensions being introduced.
Tue, 23 Jan, 2018
It is comfortingly accepted that the First World War ended the age of deference. Democracy and social equity replaced beliefs that allowed monarchs to command armies through nothing more than birthright.
Fri, 08 Dec, 2017
New laws aimed at tackling precarious, insecure work “entirely dodges” dealing with “if and when” contracts which are considered to be among the most exploitative.
Fri, 08 Dec, 2017
There has been a tripling in the last three years in the numbers of claimants who have had penalties imposed on their social welfare payments — and JobPath has been linked to the significant increase.
Sat, 02 Dec, 2017
There has been a 20% increase in the number of social welfare fraud reports registered with the Department of Social Protection.
Sat, 18 Nov, 2017
Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty has been forced into a U-turn on her “guarantee” to deal with the 2012 pensions anomaly, which has seen 42,000 people lose as much as €1,500 a year.
Tue, 14 Nov, 2017
New rules delaying payment of the state pension will only hit those in the private sector.
Mon, 13 Nov, 2017
The Social Protection Minister has said she would not be able to survive on her own department’s social welfare benefits.
Thu, 28 Sep, 2017
The Minister for Social Protection said this morning that there will be no discrimination in the new auto-enrollment pension scheme proposed by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
Fri, 22 Sep, 2017
Low-income parents returning to work will receive increases in child-support payments in the budget, Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty has said.
Mon, 18 Sep, 2017
The Minister for Employment and Social Protection has targeted lifting every child out of poverty in the Budget.
Sat, 09 Sep, 2017
Fine Gael’s Regina Doherty and Mary Mitchell O’Connor are facing a major backlash from colleagues at a meeting of the party’s ministers tomorrow.
Mon, 04 Sep, 2017
The Minister for Social Protection has said she cannot guarantee the protection of data from hackers, but they are taking security "very seriously", writes
Sat, 02 Sep, 2017
Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty has accused an opposition TD of making “cheap” claims that she is trying to gag a blogger, who is deeply critical of her performance in power, by formally referring the matter to gardaí.
Sat, 22 Jul, 2017
The Social Protection Minister has been told by her department that it will be “difficult to meet” expectations of further benefit increases because of financial constraints and the impact of rising pensions costs.
Tue, 11 Jul, 2017
Allegations of suspected social welfare fraud have risen to an average of 500 per week, according to the Social Protection Minister.
Sat, 24 Jun, 2017
Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty may be forced to pay back an allowance she received as Government chief whip as doubts remain over whether she was ever entitled to it.
Wed, 21 Jun, 2017
From providing statues of Holy Mary to sorting sheepdogs, TDs get an incredible range of requests, says.
Mon, 01 May, 2017
Fine Gael has ruled out any future coalition with Sinn Féin, despite a senior Government figure claiming she would be happy to work with the party.
Mon, 09 Jan, 2017
A Fine Gael cabinet member says she would not have a difficulty with serving in a coalition with Sinn Fein.
Sun, 08 Jan, 2017
A Junior Minister is set to take an internal party complaint against a fellow Fine Gael TD, after she claimed she was being snubbed in the Dáil corridors.
Fri, 06 Jan, 2017
The Government Chief Whip has said Irish retailers will suffer if shoppers choose to go to Northern Ireland to do their Christmas shopping.
Sun, 30 Oct, 2016
Tue, 25 Oct, 2016
The Government Chief Whip Regina Doherty has moved to defend Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan, saying Fine Gael and the Taoiseach had full confidence in her.
Sun, 29 May, 2016
The Government chief whip Regina Doherty is insisting her failed IT business was liquidated in accordance with company law.
Sat, 21 May, 2016
A prominent member of the Fine Gael party has defended Enda Kenny's deal with Fianna Fáil to form a Government.
Fri, 29 Apr, 2016
Water charges will be suspended for at least nine months should a deal between Fine Gael and Fianna Fail, Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney told the Dail today, .
Wed, 27 Apr, 2016