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 […]

One Family Response to Sunday Tribune Article

The Sunday Tribine published One Family’s letter responding to the comments of Mr. Brian Mooney in an article that appeared on 26 August 2007. The following letter was published on 2 September Lone parents need support, not criticism From Karen Kiernan ON BEHALF of our thousands of clients and members, One Family would like to express […]

Respect for Family Diversity Needed- Irish Examiner article

One Family Director, Karen Kiernan, appeared in the Money & Jobs section of The Irish Examiner on 10 August 2007. Karen spoke about One Family’s work and the need for Government and policy makers to recognise and support family diversity in Ireland. Irish Examiner Karen Interview 10 August 2007 pdf

Role of Fathers in Children’s Lives- RTE Prime Time Interview

One Family Director, Karen Kiernan, appeared on RTE Prime Time on 12 June 2007. Karen spoke about lone parents and father’s roles in their children’s lives. Click here to view the segment.

One Family Honours Mary Robinson at Anniversary Lunch

One Family honours Mary Robinson at 35th Anniversary Celebratory Lunch Our 35th Anniversary celebratory luncheon took place on 22 May 2007 in St. Patrick’s Hall, Dublin Castle. Founders Maura O’Dea Richards and Annette Evans Hunter were delighted to meet up with former board member Evelyn Forde and former administrator, Nuala Feric. The highlight of the […]

Mary Robinson Lunch

Our 35th Anniversary celebratory luncheon took place on 22 May 2007 in St. Patrick’s Hall, Dublin Castle. Founders Maura O’Dea Richards and Annette Evans Hunter were delighted to meet up with former board member Evelyn Forde and former administrator, Nuala Feric. The highlight of the afternoon was an inspirational speech delivered by our  former President. […]

This Election – Fair Deal for One-Parent Families

There’s More to this Election than Stamp Duty – We Still Need a Fair Deal for One-Parent Families One Family today presented its Election Manifesto to Minister for Children, Brian Lenihan, TD. At the launch Karen Kiernan, Director of One Family, called on all parties to commit to the development of Child & Family Contact […]

Children’s Voices Must be Heard in Divorce Process

Leading one-parent family organisation One Family today held a seminar on children’s rights in the divorce process. On the tenth anniversary of divorce in Ireland, the seminar is a real opportunity to increase our understanding of children’s experience of divorce and how their needs can best be reflected in the legal process of divorce. ‘Families […]

Budget Fails to Address Child Poverty in Poorest Families

National one-parent family organisation One Family today were disappointed with the dismal increase in the top-up payment targeted at those with children dependent on social welfare – the first increase to the Child Dependent Allowance (CDA) for 12 years. Commenting on the increase Candy Murphy, One Family’s Policy Manager said ‘while we welcome a move […]

Budget must not forget poorest families

National one-parent family organisation One Family today called on the Government not to forget that in a time when the coffers are full, many one-parent families continue to struggle in a vicious cycle of poverty. Commenting on tomorrow’s Budget, One Family’s Policy & Campaigns Manager, Candy Murphy stated that ‘poverty is no longer an issue […]

Santy Bagel Helps One-Parent Families: Vital Christmas Helpline Launched

One-parent family organisation One Family is today delighted to announce a new partnership with itsa bagel. During December, 50 cent from every Santy Bagel sold in the four itsa bagel Dublin stores will go towards funding a special helpline service to support one-parent families over the difficult holiday period. Speaking at the launch of the […]

Human rights being denied in Ireland today – One Family launches human rights publication

One-parent family organisation One Family today calls on Government to ensure that one-parent families are no longer denied many of their basic human rights. Speaking at the launch of their new publication, Human Rights and One-Parent Families, One Family Director, Karen Kiernan, said that ‘we tend to think of human rights as something that is […]

Families Must be at the Heart of Government Policy

National one-parent family organisation One Family today called on Minister Brennan as the minister with responsibility for families, to place families at the heart of Government policy. Speaking at the Pre-Budget Forum, One Family’s Policy and Campaigns Manager, Candy Murphy said that ‘policies need to look at the family as a whole and recognise the […]

Pre-Budget Submissions

Pre-Budget Submisson 2012 One Family’s Pre-Budget Submission to the Department of Social Protection One Family pre-budget 2012 submission                                                                                                                       Submission to:  Department of Social and Family Affairs Pre-Budget Submisson 2011 Introduction One Family is again framing its submission in a way that takes account of the serious economic downturn currently being experienced in the […]

Ten steps to equality for all families – One Family Pre-Budget Submission

National one-parent family organisation One Family in its Pre-Budget Submission today called on Minister Brennan to tackle ten key areas to combat the massive inequalities experienced by one-parent families in Ireland: 1. Adequate incomes for one-parent families dependent on social welfare 2. Adequate supports to ensure that lone parents in work can access well paid […]

Education key to family well-being

One-parent family organisation One Family today announced a 20 per cent increase in the number of one-parent families and professionals accessing their services in 2005. Commenting on the significant increase in the demand on One Family’s services at the launch of their new Policy Paper: Ensuring Quality of Life for All One-parent Families, One Family […]

Government Discussion Document on Proposals for Supporting Lone Parents

Need for a Coherent Policy Framework Overall, One Family believes that there is an urgent need to develop and implement a coherent policy framework for one-parent families that reflects the realities of their lives and those of their children. The key objectives of this framework in our view would be:

Domestic Partnerships

Role of One Family One Family works with all types of one-parent families as well as with new  and blended families. Much of our work revolves around issues related to the formation and ending of family relationships. In all cases our primary concern is the impact of such situations on the child, on ensuring the […]

Social Partnership Discussions

One Family welcomes this opportunity to submit our proposals to the social partnership process. Given the importance of the current social partnership discussions in terms of framing economic and social policy in Ireland over the next possibly ten year period, One Family is keen to ensure that the issues affecting our clients, one-parent families, are […]