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# lone-parents - Monday 7 October, 2019

Opinion: Single parents will be forced onto social welfare if childcare costs are not addressed

The new National Childcare Scheme could see lone parents losing out on subsidies.

# lone-parents - Saturday 9 March, 2019

Opinion: Lone parents who work get up very early in the morning - but Varadkar doesn't represent us

Lone parent families are twice as likely to be living in poverty now compared to 2012, but the Taoiseach doesn’t see that as a problem, writes Louise Bayliss.

# lone-parents - Friday 14 December, 2018

Opinion: A virtual college changed my life and my family's future

I’m a single mother of four who was once homeless but now I’m working and studying for a degree. I want to let everyone know about An Cosán Virtual Community College, writes Róisín Kelly

# lone-parents - Saturday 21 July, 2018

Minister promises to take 'significant' action in the next Budget to pull thousands of children out of poverty

The minister gave a strong indication there will not be a repeat of the €5 increase in social welfare payments in the next Budget.

# lone-parents - Thursday 5 January, 2017

Varadkar says lone parents can earn more under measure that kicks in today

Changes have been made to the One-Parent Family Payment and the Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment.

# lone-parents - Tuesday 27 September, 2016

FactCheck: Did the last government cut payments to lone parents?

FactCheck looks into a a controversial claim made by Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar on Morning Ireland yesterday.

# lone-parents - Thursday 9 July, 2015

Labour TD accused of 'appalling duplicity' over stance on lone parent cuts

Emmet Stagg said an “unintended consequence” of new rules will see thousands of people lose money.

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# lone-parents - Wednesday 8 July, 2015

Labour TD insists she wasn't suggesting parents bring their children to work

Joanna Tuffy’s comments were criticised by Twitter users and a Sinn Féin MEP.

# lone-parents - Tuesday 30 June, 2015

Mary Lou and Joan just had ANOTHER showdown in the Dáil

McDonald accused Burton of being “anti-women”, who in turn said Sinn Féin has no serious policies.

# lone-parents - Thursday 25 June, 2015

Mary Lou says Joan Burton is 'giving two fingers' to the public

The Tánaiste’s own comments came back to haunt her today.

Today, our Government will condemn thousands of children to even deeper levels of poverty

Today is the last day of the One-Parent Family Payment for anyone whose youngest child is aged seven. Approximately 11,000 families will immediately lose income.

# lone-parents - Thursday 5 March, 2015

Ruth Coppinger asks Joan Burton: 'Are you embarrassed?'

She also compared the Tánaiste to Margaret Thatcher.

# lone-parents - Wednesday 18 February, 2015

Gerry to Enda: I'm trying to prick your 'golden circle' bubble

Several ministers lobbied to have their advisers’ salaries increased.

# lone-parents - Tuesday 16 December, 2014

Opinion: Austerity cuts that directly affect women and children have been piled on by this government

As a society, we need to develop a more enlightened and informed view of female-led households.

# lone-parents - Friday 26 September, 2014

Opinion: Employees can still be discriminated against over their sexuality – this must end

The private lives of teachers and health workers should never be used against them, writes Senator Ivana Bacik.

# lone-parents - Tuesday 23 September, 2014

Many one parent families struggle to cover the basics of food, housing and energy costs

Saint Vincent de Paul has published a study on lone parents.

# lone-parents - Monday 20 January, 2014

Column: Removal of One Parent Family Credit is to the detriment of children

The effects of the removal of the tax credit for lone parents is now being seen, significantly reducing overall income for parents who are living apart, writes Margot Doherty.

# lone-parents - Thursday 23 May, 2013

Column: We need to help lone parents into work and away from welfare dependency

Ireland spends almost €1 billion a year on One Parent Family Payments, but the results have been poor. We need to support lone parents properly, writes Minister Joan Burton.

# lone-parents - Tuesday 16 October, 2012

10 per cent of Irish population living in food poverty

Those most at risk are those with low incomes, young families and lone parents, according to research commissioned by the Department of Social Protection.

# lone-parents - Tuesday 1 May, 2012

Column: The social welfare bill - 'I wonder what this button does?'

Independent TD Stephen Donnelly laments “a series of policy mistakes” embedded into our legislation tonight as the Social Welfare Bill is signed into law.

# lone-parents - Wednesday 18 April, 2012

Charities say Social Welfare Bill will push one-parent families into poverty

The Social Welfare Bill being brought to the Dáil proposes to send single parents onto the dole when their youngest child turns 7.

# lone-parents - Thursday 5 April, 2012

Changes to single parent payments proposed in Social Welfare bill

The proposals include reducing the maximum age of the youngest child for receipt of the One-Parent Family Payment to just 7-years-old by 2014.

# lone-parents - Friday 23 March, 2012

Column: If we’re going to have gender quotas, why not quotas for everyone?

Dividing us along gender lines might be well-intentioned but it undermines the very principle of democracy, writes Simon Tuohy.

# lone-parents - Wednesday 7 December, 2011

Winners and losers of Budget 2012: In pictures Budget 2012 This post contains images

Winners and losers of Budget 2012: In pictures

There was plenty at stake in the austere Budget presented by Brendan Howlin and Michael Noonan over the past two days. This slideshow will fill you in…