Senator Mary Moran: “On a personal level, because I have a son who often uses respite services in a residential unit, I felt it very deeply, as did many of the parents who contacted me.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/Irish Times

Labour Senator Mary Moran said she was disappointed not to get a seconder in the Seanad for an emergency debate on the mistreatment of residents in t(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin says there are “fundamental issues that go to the heart of what happened at Áras Attracta that need independent investigation, separate from the HSE and Hiqa”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he is not ruling out an independent inquiry into the mistreatment of residents at the Áras Attracta disability centre (...)

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD said: ‘What we witnessed was nothing less than the vile physical, mental and emotional abuse of the most vulnerable of our citizens’. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he does not rule out an independent inquiry into the mistreatment of residents at the disability centre in Swinford, Co (...)

A documentary showing staff mistreating residents at a Co Mayo centre for adults with intellectual disabilities depicts “evil acts”, according to Phelim Quinn, the chief executive of the Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) . Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

A documentary showing staff mistreating residents at a Co Mayo centre for adults with intellectual disabilities depicts “evil acts”, the chief executi(...)

HSE director general Tony O’Brien:  “Such standards should not and will not be tolerated in the HSE.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Health Service Executive has apologised to residents at a Co Mayo disability centre and their families over their mistreatment at the hands of sta(...)

A still image from the RTE Prime Time video about alleged abuses in Bungalow Three at Áras Attracta Care Home in Swinford Co Mayo. Photograph: RTÉ

Shocking scenes of mistreatment of residents at a Co Mayo centre for adults with intellectual disabilities feature in an undercover documentary to be (...)

Minister for State warns public following reports of the alleged stretching of petrol, using kerosene or other substances. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

Minister of State for Finance Simon Harris has urged the public to purchase fuel from reputable dealers to avoid contaminated petrol. He said he wa(...)

Caoimhe Cummins from Leixlip holds a candle at Console’s Christmas Celebration of Light at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth yesterday evening. The events, featuring music, poetry and reflection, were organised across the country by the national suicide prevention charity. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

This is “a most difficult time of the year” for people touched by suicide, said Paul Kelly, founder and chief executive of Console, last night. “Chris(...)

No frontiers: the Greenway near Westport, Co Mayo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The idea of turning abandoned railway lines into walking and cycling routes, called greenways, is catching on. Indeed, Taoiseach Enda Kenny kno(...)