Casting your vote on June 5

Casting your vote : together we  can* make a difference One Family has worked and lobbied on behalf of one-parent families for 35 years.  Many of the issues we’ve fought for in the past have become basic rights in Ireland but there is still a long way to go.  Life for many one-parent families remains […]

Celebrate 2009 UN International Day of the Family on 15 May!

A day for everyone! One Family would like to encourage each family to celebrate their lives as a family on this Friday (15 May) – the UN International Day of the Family. One Family is Ireland ’s leading support organisation for people parenting alone and sharing parenting. This is the sixth year One Family has […]

Proposed Child Benefit cuts will catapult more one-parent families into poverty

Children must pay for a celtic tiger they never saw One Family, the leading provider of specialist support services for one-parent families in Ireland , says that reports regarding the Government’s possible u-turn are very worrying. If child benefit payments are cut regardless of means this will increase already high rates of poverty in one-parent […]

Budget will do nothing to reduce poverty in one-parent families

Budget will do nothing to reduce poverty in one-parent families One Family, the leading provider of specialist support services for one-parent families in Ireland, says today’s Budget will do nothing to address already high rates of poverty in one-parent families. Such families currently have a poverty rate of more than four times the national average. One Family […]

Lone Parents and Employment What are the Real Issues

A new research report from One Family, the leading provider of specialist family support services to one-parent families in Ireland, was launched this morning by Mary Hanafin, Minister for Social and Family Affairs at a unique forum of social partners in Dublin. The report entitled: ‘Lone Parents and Employment: What are the Real Issues?’ is […]

Recession worries increase calls to one-parent family helpline

A leading national support organisation for one-parent families, One Family, has experienced an influx of calls to its helpline as the recession deepens.  With escalating calls on social welfare entitlements and redundancy, One Family has launched an advertising campaign to alert lone parents to the availability of the organisations helpline. The askonefamily National Helpline for […]

Budget 2009 must not neglect Ireland’s most vulnerable families

One Family, the leading provider of specialist support services for one-parent families in Ireland, today 19 September 2008 launched its Pre-Budget Submission 2009. At a time when cutbacks are inevitable One Family calls on the Government to ensure that those already experiencing high levels of poverty and social exclusion are not asked to also carry […]

One Family Calls for Parenting and Childcare Supports for One-Parent Families

With the launch of its Annual Review 2007 One Family calls for the provision of quality parenting and childcare supports for lone parents to move out of poverty and into employment One Family research on Lone Parents & Employment indicates that the majority (80%) of lone parents are currently in education, training or employment and […]

Definition of family in Irish Constitution no longer valid in today’s Ireland

One Family calls for equal respect and value for all one-parent families under the Irish Constitution as the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, the Free Legal Advice Centre and the Irish Penal Reform Trust launch a Shadow Report for the UN Human Rights Committee’s examination of Ireland’s compliance with the International Convention on Civil and […]

One Family Expresses Condolences to the Family, Friends and Colleagues of Seamus Brennan T.D.

One Family sends its sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Seamus Brennan T.D. who the organisation worked closely with during his time as Minister for Social and Family Affairs. While in that role, Seamus Brennan T.D. was involved in progressing positive initiatives aimed at improving the lives of the most vulnerable people […]

One Family’s Submission to the Joint Committee on the Constitutional Amendment on Children May 2008

Introduction In general One Family supports the submissions to the joint committee made by the Ombudsman for Children and by the Children’s Rights Alliance. One Family is therefore limiting its response to Clause 1 (Article 42(A).1), Clause 2 (Article 42(A) 2.1) and Clause 4 (Article 42(A).4. Submission-PDF file -May-2008

Constitutional Change Needed to Respect all Families

Maeve Malone, 11, and May McCann, 7, celebrate International Day of the Family on 15 May 2008. Marking the day, One Family called for change to the definition of the family under the Irish Constitution to provide equal respect and value for all families in Ireland. On International Day of the Family One Family calls […]

NEED TO TACKLE PERSONAL BARRIERS FACED BY LONE PARENTS

Lone Parents & Work: One Family report highlights need to tackle personal barriers faced by lone Parents Martin Cullen T.D., Minister for Social and Family Affairs, launched One Family’s Strategy 2007-2009 and New Future Project Report on 8 April 2008. One Family’s New Futures Project is an integrated model of support for lone parents, dealing […]

Budget Will do Nothing for Poverty in One-Parent Families

One Family sought real increases in social welfare to reduce poverty and to provide better services and innovative programmes for one-parent families in today’s Budget (5 December). Recent CSO figures revealed that the consistent poverty rate for one-parent families increased from 27% in 2005 to 32.5% in 2006 making one-parent families 4.5 times more likely […]

Childcare Subvention Scheme: One Family Welcomes Minister’s Response to Call for Review

  One Family, the leading provider of specialist support services for one-parent families in Ireland welcomes Minister for Children Brendan Smith’s announcement of changes to the proposed Childcare Subvention Scheme today (7 November). Candy Murphy, Policy Manager, One Family said: “We are very pleased with the Minister’s response to One Family’s concerns that the proposed […]

Childcare Subvention Scheme: Lone Parents Trapped Again

One Family, the leading provider of specialist support services for one-parent families in Ireland today (6 November) added its voice to the concerns being expressed from many quarters on the Government’s plan to introduce the Childcare Subvention Scheme. Candy Murphy, Policy Manager, One Family said: “The Childcare Subvention Scheme contradicts Government’s proposed changes to the […]

BUDGET NEEDS TO SUPPORT IRELAND’S MOST VULNERABLE FAMILIES

One Family, the leading provider of specialist support services for one-parent families in Ireland, today (18 October 2007) launched its Pre-Budget Submission 2008. At a time when purse strings are tightening, One Family called on the Government to remember its commitments in the Programme for Government to provide supports for families, for parents and for […]

Lone Parents – Is Employment an Option?

One Family, the leading provider of specialist support services for one-parent families in Ireland, launched a major survey of lone parents and employment on 2 October 2007 . The survey, funded by Combat Poverty Agency and supported by the Department of Social and Family Affairs, is the largest survey of One-Parent Family Payment recipients to […]

Quality of Family Relationships Wins in G Case

One Family, the national organisation representing one-parent families in Ireland, welcomed the High Court’s judgement on the Mr G case on 11 September 2007. Karen Kiernan, Director, One Family said: “While the judgement is complex and needs to be considered carefully, the tone of it is that the quality of the relationship between father and child […]

Services for Dads: More Reforms Needed to Reflect Growing Family Diversity

Martin Cullen T.D., Minister for Social and Family Affairs launched the One Family Annual Report 2006 on 5 September 2007. The publication of One Family’s report is timely in relation to the upcoming judgement by the High Court on the Mr. G case. Speaking at the launch, Karen Kiernan, Director One Family said: “The G […]