Elaine Byrne: Why the Biden story we need to hear now is that of Hunter
If the son of the world’s most powerful politician can publicly acknowledge his dependency struggles, it may encourage others to do likewise – especially here in Ireland
Colin Murphy: Autism ‘spying’ scandal highlights the dilemma of prying versus privacy
The recent RTÉ expose of state information-gathering is a disturbing reminder of the increase in surveillance on our lives. But protecting our privacy against that has a cost
Government expects 61% will not avail of paid parental leave
The projected low take-up of the €245 payment threatens its aim of sharing parental leave between both parents
Should artists’ payment pave the way for a universal basic income?
The security offered by the pandemic unemployment payment resembles a case study for a pilot scheme which has been brought to cabinet by arts minister Catherine Martin, to pay artists a weekly basic income. Could it ultimately lead to one for all citizens?
Colin Murphy: We speak the language of inclusion about Travellers, but inaction speaks louder
Six decades on from the days when NSPCA inspectors could have Traveller children placed in institutions, they are still subject to discrimination, as the Pontins scandal showed last week
Inmates’ social welfare cut after data checks revealed they were in prison
The Department of Social Protection estimated that it saved €8 million from a number of data-matching exercises up to last September
State should buffer private childcare, says Ibec executive
Darragh Whelan, director of Childhood Services Ireland, says government has no desire to move to public model for the sector
Government to look at setting up ‘one-stop-shop’ to accept notifications of person’s death
Relatives have to contact numerous branches of the state to cancel things such as services and payments after bereavements
Restrictive rules may have played part in ‘flawed’ mother and baby home report
The public outcry against the mother and baby homes report has led to calls for it to be reviewed, but what led to its findings being universally criticised?
Mother and baby homes survivors: ‘We were treated as second best, it was insulting’
The report of the investigation into what happened in Ireland’s mother and baby homes has been met with dismay and distrust by many survivors
GSK declines to apologise for vaccine trials in mother and baby homes
Pharma giant’s own documents show it conducted seven trials at homes over almost four decades
After historic state apology, Martin must find a way to make amends
There are an estimated 130,000 living survivors of mother and baby homes and county homes. The government feels that while the compensation bill will be substantial, it has to be paid