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Last month
October 2023
Disability groups criticise decision to hold hearing into care of residents in private
The case would have seen issues raised about the care of disabled people at a facility.
This year
Hiqa keeping close eye on disability service as two ex-staff win WRC cases against management
A report by
Eoghan Dalton
Concerns have been raised by residents and union officials over a centre run by Cheshire Ireland in Waterford.
Children with disabilities spending months in inappropriate settings due to lack of supports
A new report says the “failure of the State” has resulted in children being denied the opportunity to grow up at home with their families.
'Shameful': Ombudsman slams ten-year delay by Govt to provide disabled people transport supports
The Ombudsman also criticises passport issues and NCT errors among the office’s latest annual report.
Taoiseach criticised for 'offensive' language after 'slow learners' remark about Sinn Féin
A spokesperson said that the Taoiseach’s remark was a reference to Seamus Mallon’s famous turn of phrase about the Good Friday Agreement.
Study on children with disabilities living in State care calls for improved inter-agency action
The first of its kind study found ‘inconsistent coordination amongst state agencies, and a lack of awareness on disabilities within the care system’.
'It's a win for transparency': HSE release list of disability equipment covered by medical card
A group representing families said the decision to make the list of items public is a relief.
Last year
'Not exactly helpful': Union criticises minister's comments over therapists return to special schools
On the day of the budget, €11.5 million was allocated to see 133 therapists put back into special schools.
All time
Holly Cairns: Successive governments have neglected Ireland's disabled people - we must do better
The Social Democrats TD says Ireland’s record on caring for disabled people is entirely lacking.
Social inclusion of children with disabilities ‘key’ to wellbeing and care, new research finds
The research found that it is ‘vital’ that children with disabilities have equal access to early learning and school age care and education.
Opinion: Asylum seekers with disabilities are largely invisible in an already difficult system
Asylum seekers with disabilities in Direct Provision must be afforded equal rights when compared to people with disabilities outside Direct Provision, Keelin Barry writes.
People with disabilities have been ‘forgotten’ during pandemic, Dáil told
Day services have only reopened at 40% capacity.
Planned 1% disability cut to be scrapped and day services to 'gradually resume' in August, confirms Taoiseach
Up to 100 people protested today against the Government’s failure to fully reopen day services for adults with disabilities.
Families 'deeply concerned' about welfare of people with intellectual disabilities amid crisis
Inclusion Ireland has asked to appear before the Oireachtas Covid-19 committee.
'Deep concerns' about lack of reporting of Covid-19 deaths among people with intellectual disabilities
Inclusion Ireland will meet Health Minister Simon Harris today to discuss the situation.
'We need shows like Fair City to star people with disabilities and reflect the world we live in'
The short film Aretha stars young actress Orla Casey, who has been acting since she was in primary school.
Irish Wheelchair Association to redeploy workers at closed disability resort 'where possible'
Protests have taken place after the closure of the centre was annonuced last week.
'They feel there's an unreasonable effort to control them': Watchdog concern over HSE treatment of people with disabilities
In 2018, 206 complaints or concerns were received by Confidential Recipient for Vulnerable Persons.
HSE saving measures to target older people and those with disabilities 'in order to break even'
The HSE boss has denied it is undertaking any cost-cutting measures.
Donald Trump rows back on decision to cut Special Olympics funding by $18m
“I’ve been to the Special Olympics, I think it’s incredible,” he told reporters.
Hunger Games meets X Factor: Play highlights how people who are 'different' are treated in a post-Trump world
The piece is devised and performed by an ensemble of actors with intellectual disabilities, reflecting satirically on the rise of right-wing authoritarianism.
Peacekeeping and disabilites on the agenda as Sean Gallagher to formally begin presidential campaign
The businessman announced last week that he would contest the presidential race again following weeks of speculation.
A card-based system has created more awareness for disabled people in the UK - could it work here?
The JAM card has proven such a success in Northern Ireland that activists are calling for its introduction here.
'People with disabilities are represented as one-dimensional, that they're happy all the time'
A new podcast is giving people with disabilities a platform to share their stories.
'We'd given up hope': One year later, Kerry parents finally given full-time respite service for adult children
There has been no full-time respite service available in Kerry for around a year.
'Significant gap': Lone parents and those with disabilities among the most deprived in Ireland
Lone parents and adults with a disability were worse off than other people of the same age.
'A watershed moment': Resolution to ratify UN disabilities convention to go before the Dáil
Ireland is the only EU country that has yet to ratify the Convention.
After 10 years, Ireland is to finally ratify UN Convention on rights of people with disabilities
A Dáil vote on the issue is expected in February.
Minister to ask Cabinet to ratify disabilities legislation by end of December
The Independent Alliance’s Finian McGrath will look for his Cabinet colleagues to support his draft legislation today.
'So many venues' wheelchair bathrooms won’t have sanitary bins, soap, or mirrors - they barely have a working lock'
Going to gigs or performances when you have a disability shouldn’t be a stressful experience. We find out more at the launch of Arts and Disability Ireland’s latest strategy.
Rehab Group to drop its name and spend up to €40,000 on rebranding
“To put it simply, we are not in the business of ‘rehabilitation’. We are in the business of changing hearts and minds around disability.”
DART pilot project to reduce advance notice for disabled passengers from 24 to four hours
Shane Ross has said the 24-hour travel notice period disabled passengers must give Irish Rail is ‘unacceptable’.
Dublin City has the highest percentage of unhealthy people in Ireland
Just 82.8% of people in Dublin City said their health was good.
'High-risk' physical and chemical restraint still in use at Limerick care centre
Hiqa said that the procedures at a daughters of Charity care centre continued to present “a risk to residents’ health and safety”.
Epilepsy drug which has left 400 Irish children with disabilities to come under EU review today
An Irish woman whose three children have disabilities will give evidence at a public hearing today.
'Crying and shivering': Residents and staff at disability care centre describe fear and vulnerability
A report on this centre in Limerick is one of 22 Hiqa inspections that were published today.
'I just felt really embarrassed': Calls to end Irish Rail 24 hour notice for people with disabilities
Earlier this month, a wheelchair user had to wait 15 minutes for Irish Rail to help her exit a train.
Hoax statement made by Dublin Lord Mayor to raise disability awareness
Dublin City Council released a false statement suggesting people with disabilities may be allowed use cycle lanes.
Four directors prosecuted for 'culture of abuse' at UK care centres
People with significant learning disabilities were detained in seclusion rooms which had no heating or toilet facilities.
The government is giving almost €60 million towards home improvements for older people
The Housing Adaptation Grant scheme provides aid for older people and people with disabilities.