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Currently the one-parent family payment is paid to a parent until the youngest child reaches 18, or 22, if the child continues in full-time education.
She said: "I am particularly pleased to be here today because I am myself the child of a one-parent family and therefore can particularly identify with the difficulties and joys that that can bring.
Here, the one-parent family payment continues until children are 22 and if they stay in full-time education.
Fraud staff at the Department of Social and Family affairs reviewed 328,000 claims with EUR55million recouped from one-parent family payments the biggest single saving.
Around 1,600 recipients of the One-Parent Family Payment were surveyed in response to Government proposals to reform the allowance.
Revenue bosses examined 200,000 one-parent family payments and stopped the cheques.