The placement of children in withdrawal rooms is regarded by most special schools as a measure of last resort to protect the safety of pupils and staff. Photograph: The Irish Times

Special needs campaigners have called for the introduction of official rules governing the use of “seclusion rooms” in schools to manage the behaviour(...)

From left, Patricia Doherty, SNA, with Cian Corrigan-Griffin and his mother, Niamh Corrigan, at the ABC Club pre-school in Dunboyne, Co Meath. Photograph: Eric Luke

A bunch of preschoolers are dunking their toy cars into dishes of bright coloured paint and then gleefully running the wheels across blank pages of(...)

Sheila Ryan, sister of Mary Garvan, who lives in Áras Attracta residential home in Swinford, Co Mayo

Organisations representing people with intellectual disabilities have called on the Government to appoint a confidential recipient to deal with abuse (...)

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 RTÉ Prime Time video about alleged abuses in Bungalow Three at Áras Attracta Care Home in Swinford Co Mayo. The programme will be broadcast on Tuesday. Photograph: RTÉ

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has backed the use of undercover investigations to identify possible abuse of patients in care units. He said the Ára(...)

Children with special educational needs are still being excluded from activities in school despite an increase in support allocations, a parents group has said. Photograph: Walter B McKenzie/Stone/Getty Images

Children with special educational needs are still being excluded from activities in school despite an increase in support allocations, a parents group(...)

Mary Doherty with her son Aaron: parents are battling an inflexible system.Photograph:  Alan Betson

When the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn proposed a 10 per cent cut in resource teaching hours for pupils with special needs last year, the rea(...)

Lorraine Dempsey of the Special Needs Parents Association: said parents who had actively fundraised for the organisation did so in the belief that money raised would give their children a better chance of accessing services.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Charities have reported a drop in donations which they have attributed to revelations that money raised through fundraising were used to top up paymen(...)

The clinic’s fundraising literature states that although it is largely State-funded, it has a “significant annual shortfall which must be made up through voluntary donations and fundraising”.

Charitable donations should not be used to fund “lavish salaries”, Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has said.Speaking at the Labour Party Na(...)

When Lisa Wilkinson read step number 32 in the idiot’s guide to managing stress – “if all else fails, run away” – she knew what she had to do.A strate(...)