Another Year Where Children are Left Looking for More

Budget 2024 Does Not Target Ireland’s Poorest Families

Press Release: Tuesday 10 October 

One Family, Ireland’s national organisation for one-parent families, has said that it is disappointed that a Government that promised to target low-income families and tackle child poverty instead seems to be thinking about the next election. 

Karen Kiernan, CEO of One Family states: “Whilst we welcome Government listening to us in relation to extending Child Benefit to young people still in full-time education and the need to increase the Single Person Child Carer Credit, we are shocked that one-parent families on social welfare are not being targeted for once-off cost of living increases as other payments are, despite clear evidence of need. 

“As One Family predicted, last year’s short-sighted Budget has helped push the poorest children in the State, even further into poverty. Between March 2022 and March 2023 one-parent households experienced a higher rate of inflation than nearly all other household types. Budget 2024 is unfortunately more of the same.”  

Carly Bailey, One Family’s Policy Officer states: “It is so frustrating to have another budget that leaves the poorest children behind as Government focusses on expensive once-off Child Benefit payments for everyone instead of targeting those who need it most.  

“Some increases are well behind inflation which is a rinse and repeat of last year.  Research tells us that one-parent families need long-term targeted supports to throw them a lifeline and truly tackle the scourge of child poverty. One-parent households are the most affected by consistent poverty and deprivation. In such a wealthy country it is shameful that so many families are being pushed into consistent poverty.” 


For Editors: 

One Family was founded in 1972 as Cherish and is Ireland’s national organisation for one-parent families and people sharing parenting or separating, offering support, information and services to all members of all one-parent families, to those sharing parenting, to those experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and to professionals working with one-parent families. Children are at the centre of One Family’s work and the organisation helps all the adults in their lives, including mums, dads, grandparents, step-parents, new partners and other siblings, offering a holistic model of specialist family support services. 

These services include the askonefamily national helpline on 0818 66 22 12, counselling, and provision of training courses for parents and for professionals. For further information, visit The askonefamily helpline can be contacted on 0818 66 22 12 or 01 6629212 or 

1 in 5 people in Ireland live in a one-parent family and the Survey in Income and Living Conditions (SILC) tells us that children in one-parent families are four times more likely to experience poverty than children in two-parent families  


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Available for Interview: 

Karen Kiernan, CEO | t: 086 850 9191 or 01 662 9212 

Carly Bailey, Policy Officer | t: 086 068 3007 or 01 662 9212