Tony O’Brien, HSE chief executive, appears before the Public Accounts Committee on February 2nd, 2016. Screengrab photograph: Oireachtas TV

The chief executive of the HSE has acknowledged the organisation mishandled the issuing of an “important apology” to a woman known as “Grace” who is a(...)

The whistleblower says when he became aware of Grace in 2007, she had not had a HSE visit in six years. Photograph: Getty Images

The young woman at the centre of an abuse controversy in the southeast was twice brought to hospital to have bruising around her breast and thigh exam(...)

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: he and Minister of State for Primary Care, Mental Health and Disability Kathleen Lynch met the HSE whistleblower. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

A former HSE social worker says he warned in 2008 that if a young woman was not removed from a foster home at the centre of serious sex abuse concerns(...)

There are allegations that children and adults with intellectual disabilities, some of whom are mute, were seriously sexually assaulted at the home.

Why is a case involving a family which fostered children in the 1980s in the news now? The case has been in the public domain since last year, but ca(...)

Minister of State at the Department of Health Kathleen Lynch discussed the case with HSE director general Tony O’Brien. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government is examining the establishment of a statutory commission of investigation into allegations of abuse at a foster home in the southeast. (...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly with TD John Lyons in a modular home at Balbutcher Lane, Poppintree, Ballymun, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Modular homes, similar to those that will accommodate homeless families in Dublin, could be used as permanent housing across the State. Minister for(...)

HSE director general Tony O’Brien is  due to appear before the PAC tomorrow.

The latest revelations in the south east foster home abuse scandal raise more questions than answers, according to chairman of the Public Accounts Com(...)

It had been reported that Grace, who is now in her 40s, was the last person placed in the home. Photograph: Getty Images

At least one vulnerable adult remained in a foster home in the southeast until 2013, four years after the last HSE-funded resident had been removed. (...)

The HSE has admitted it did not apologise to the alleged victim of serious sexual abuse at a HSE-registered foster care home in the southeast.

The HSE has admitted it did not apologise to the alleged victim of serious sexual abuse at a HSE-registered foster care home in the southeast. The H(...)

The woman, who now lives independently with the support of specialised staff, was placed in the foster home in the 1980s. Photograph: Thinkstock

The alleged sexual abuse suffered by a child in a foster home will shorten her life, according to her family. The young woman, who has a profound i(...)