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# Single 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
Single dads at higher risk of premature death than single mothers or couples - study
Single fathers ate fewer fruit and vegetables, and were more likely to binge drink than single mothers and partnered parents, the study found.
This single mam dressed up as a 'dad' so her son didn't miss a fathers' day at school
This drama is shedding light on a big challenge Irish unmarried parents face
The storyline concerns two young parents who break up and have to deal with the fallout.
Separated father with joint custody wrongly granted single person rent allowance
The High Court ruled that the decision must be reviewed.
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.
One-parent families hit by Budget tax changes
The One-Parent Family Tax Credit was previously available to parents who shared custody of a child but now only one parent will receive the credit.
Column: The same-sex marriage debate shows ‘non-traditional’ families aren’t really accepted
As a single parent family, I realise we’ve only been tolerated as opposed to accepted as a proper family unit and because of the absence of the traditional set up we are somehow ‘less than’, writes Carol Redmond, who says same-sex unions are being treated in the same way.
Column: Discrimination of workers in state funded bodies should not be allowed anymore
Protecting the staff of religious-run medical and educational institutions who are members of the LGBT community or those who are single parents should be a priority, especially if they receive state funding, says Ivana Bacik.
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.
The Daily Fix: Saturday
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GALLERY: Single parents protest at 'discriminatory' Budget cuts
The SPARK (Single Parents Acting for the Rights of Kids) group took to the streets against cuts to allowances and schemes.
23 per cent of Irish children live in a single-parent household
The figures from a European survey show that 23.2 per cent of Irish children lived with one parent, while 67.8 per cent lived with married parents.
One-parent family allowances to be cut next month
The state benefits paid to parents bringing up their children will be cut from April 27, recipients are told.