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# lone parents

Last year
Calls for dedicated State service to pursue parents who fail to pay child maintenance
Support services for lone parents have pointed out that the adversarial and costly courts route is the only option available.
A review group comprised submitted a report on the child maintenance system to Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys in April, Michelle Hennessy reports.
Support services have said child maintenance is seen largely as a personal, parental obligation and therefore a matter of private family law.
All time
Lone parents and their children account for more than half of all homeless families
Less than 25% of lone parents reported home-ownership, compared with 70% of the total population.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
Ruth Coppinger asks Joan Burton: 'Are you embarrassed?'
She also compared the Tánaiste to Margaret Thatcher.
Gerry to Enda: I'm trying to prick your 'golden circle' bubble
Several ministers lobbied to have their advisers’ salaries increased.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…