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# Rehabilitation

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# Neurorehabilitation
'This is destroying lives': Patients say Ireland's neuro-rehab strategy has 'sat on a shelf for nearly a decade'
Neuro-rehabilitation services are needed by people living with MS, Parkinson’s disease and acquired brain injuries.
Lynn Ruane: Drug courts are not the solution to Ireland's drug problem
We cannot have a National Drug Strategy that prefers the drug court to a health-focused approach.
# prevention
How Ireland deals with sex offenders after they're released from prison
Experts in the area say their work can face strong opposition from the public but it is vital to ensure offenders do not harm anyone else.
Lynn Ruane: People with a criminal record for minor offences deserve a second chance
Convictions for minor offences can hold people back from accessing employment and education long after they have completed their rehabilitation, writes Lynn Ruane.
'We need to use every avenue possible to help ex-offenders find gainful employment'
Those seeking to begin a new life after a criminal conviction regularly discover that the obstacles to entering the labour market are simply too great to overcome, writes Vivian Geiran and Michael Donnellan.
'If prison does not serve and rehabilitate offenders, they will return to life as before, or worse'
I think some people baulk a little when they hear reports of major improvements being made to prison conditions, and of resources being spent on education and training, writes Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan.
# Rehabilitation
Judge extends sentence suspension so woman who stole €460k can join support scheme
The woman stole the funds from a financial services firm to help keep her ill husband’s business afloat.
# deradicalisation
'My father was scared I'd blow myself up': Chess and therapy for ex-jihadists at Syria rehab centre
The rehab centre in Marea opened in October this year to help ex-jihaists reintegrate into society.
# embrace farm
'I looked down and my leg simply wasn't there' - for farming families, the consequences of a workplace accident are devastating
Support and bereavement group Embrace Farm are soon to hold their first national conference on the multitude of problems presented by farming tragedies.
# Allegations
Cara Delevingne accuses Harvey Weinstein of trying to bring her into a threesome as allegations mount up
The English actress claims the incident happened after she met Weinstein to discuss a part in a hotel lobby.
# Chance
Stephen Ireland offered new deal by Stoke as he continues rehabilitation
The midfielder has been out of action since suffering a double leg break last year.
# Brain Injury
An accident left Pádraig in a coma - now he can 'talk' to his family
Pádraig has been moved from Hamburg back to Ireland.
# Education
Rehabilitation services: What exactly is being offered and how many prisoners are using them
“Prison is about network-building and if those on the inside aren’t educated, this will foster more crime on the outside.”
# balcony collapse
Family of Berkeley survivor Clodagh Cogley post photos of her progress
The Trinity College student plans to return to Dublin after her treatment in San Francisco.
# underage prisoners
Intimidation and forced stripping: St Patrick's Institution will FINALLY close today
The facility began housing underage prisoners in the 1980s, in what was supposed to be a temporary measure.
# Rehabilitation
Why Norway's prison system is so successful
Relatively few people in Norway go to prison, and those who do usually only go once. How does Norway do it?
# pup 681
Watch this adorable orphaned baby sea otter learn how to swim
We’re not crying. There’s dust in our eyes.
# Rehabilitation
Ireland could free up 24,000 hospital beds by letting stroke patients out early
A study published today found extra resourcing to help people get back on their feet in their own homes could also save the health system millions.
# Rehabilitation
'I never thought that after 20 years addicted to drugs and alcohol I’d be graduating and drug free'
Coolmine’s therapeutic community helps 1,000 people overcoming addiction every year and 60% of those who complete the therapy remain drug free.
Aaron McKenna: To combat crime, we must make prison softer
After taking away a person’s freedom as punishment for their crimes, we should move on to the practical question of how we can reduce their likelihood to reoffend.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you be willing to pay a 'treatment tax' on alcohol?
There are calls in the UK to add a penny to price of each of unit of alcohol.
# Rehabilitation
'One suicide within prison is too many'
The Irish Institute of Naturopathic Medicine is calling on the government to support its pilot programme to help reduce suicide in prisons.
# Hope
Blind adventurer to give TED talk on hope four years after becoming paralysed
Mark Pollock said he was told to accept his situation but since his accident he has delved into the world of robotics and is looking at finding a possible cure for spinal injury
# Rehabilitation
"It's agony": Pádraig is in a coma - his family say Ireland's healthcare system has failed him
Pádraig Schaler is in a coma in a German hospital, as his family say he was not getting the care he needed in Ireland.
This picture suggests Conor McGregor's rehabilitation is going really well
The UFC fighter claims he is nailing it as he nears a comeback.
# Rehabilitation
No Elche return as Lionel Messi still out of action
The star had previously been expected to make a return in this weekend’s game.
# victory outreach
Religious ministry defends drug rehab programme
An RTÉ Investigations Unit look at the work of Victory Outreach will be broadcast on Prime Time tonight.
# Rehabilitation
Students develop robotic arm that could make you stronger
The robotic arm, developed by students at the University of Pennsylvania, is designed to help both the elderly and those who need physical rehabilitation.
# ghost skyscraper
Derelict African skyscraper wouldn't be lost in a sci fi horror
Ponte City apartments were designed to be des res homes – things didn’t go as planned.
Column: Irish prisoners raising cattle for an African community feel a sense of atonement
‘Helping people to help themselves’ is our mantra at Bóthar, which is why we involve prisons, schools and community organisations in helping the world’s most vulnerable, writes Peter Ireton.
# Solitary Confinement
Irish prison system 'over-reliant' on prolonged solitary confinement
The Irish Penal Reform Trust said today that extended periods of isolation can cause harm to prisoners’ mental health and make rehabilitation impossible.
# Italy
Women prisoners line up fashion label
Italy’s biggest prison is launching a not-for-profit brand linked to LVMH luxury giant – and inmates get paid.
# otters gone wild
Feelgood story of the day: Shannon the otter gets released back into the wild
After 14 months, Shannon is back where she belongs. High five.
Column: You know what? Doing time does help you move on in life.
There is little to recommend a spell in prison, says former trader Nick Leeson, but his jail time gave him time to tackle his mistakes – and make a better go at life when he emerged.
# Mental Health
'Unsuitable' psychiatric hospital continuing to admit patients
A 19th century asylum in Portlaoise is continuing to admit new patients despite a national policy to shut down outdated facilities.
# Irish Aid
Government commits €50k to rehabilitate former child soldiers
The Minister of State Joe Costello announced the funding on a visit to Sierra Leone yesterday.
# Locked Up
John Lonergan: prison is not the way to deal with social welfare fraud
The former governor of Mountjoy said that prison should only be used as a last resort when somebody is a risk to society.
# Recovery
Mark McGovern: 'It'll be a quiet year for me'
The 23-year-old, who’s still recovering from the effects of the serious head injury that brought him to public attention this summer, admits he’s been left overwhelmed and “embarrassed” by the charitable support he’s received.
Column: Prisoners - pity about them?
This week,’s regular columnist Lisa McInerney says rehabilitation and dignity for prisoners isn’t an issue for bleeding heart lefties: it’s for our own protection when they get out.
# California
Computer errors cause 456 dangerous California prisoners to be freed
The inspector general of California has said that hundreds of inmates deemed to be “high-risk” were mistakenly released without having to report to a parole officer because of a computer error.