Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald. 	File  photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has accused Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Labour leader Joan Burton of being “irresponsible” and “cr(...)

A scene from the RTÉ documentary on the Áras Attracta care home in Swinford, Co Mayo

An independent body should be established to provide oversight for residential disability services and address “decades of neglect” of people living i(...)

A new 120-bed unit is to be built at the National Rehabilitiation Hospital in Dún Laoghaire. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Funding of €15 million has been allocated for a new 120-bed unit at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin. Minister for He(...)

Fianna Fáil Colm Keaveney called the numbers a ‘damning indictment of mental health policy’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fifty children with mental health problems have been admitted to adult psychiatric units so far this year, new figures reveal. The Health Service Exe(...)

Emmet Stagg: “I simply fail to see how cutting the income of the very ones who are making a real effort to improve the lot of their families and themselves helps.”

Fianna Fáil has accused Labour Party whip Emmet Stagg of “duplicity” because his private view on changes to lone parents’ allowances is strongly oppos(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Colm Keaveney has introduced a bill in the Dáil to allow electronic devices for people with sight difficulties so that they can vote independently. File  photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Proposals for electronically assisted voting are to be considered by the Government. Fianna Fáil TD Colm Keaveney introduced a bill in the Dáil to all(...)

’Bruton the Younger proved himself an adequate substitute for his party leader.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Toddler was away in Brussels on Wednesday. He left the Baby Brute in charge. Bruton the Younger proved himself an adequate substitute for his part(...)

Fianna Fáil spokesman on mental health, disability and special needs Colm Keaveney obtained data showing hundreds of children with special needs are awaiting support. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More than 700 children with special educational needs are on waiting lists in Dublin and Cork for early intervention supports from the HSE, new figure(...)

Colm Keaveney:  said a report had revealed that 3,000 “vulnerable children” were on a  mental health services waiting list, with 400 waiting for longer than one year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil TD Colm Keaveney described Tánaiste Joan Burton as “a cold-hearted technocrat” in sharp exchanges on children’s waiting lists for mental (...)

Kathleen Lynch: there is a need for “an integrated approach across community, residential and other service areas”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister of State for Health Kathleen Lynch said she was concerned that waiting times on the nursing home fair deal scheme were running at about 15 w(...)