Inclusion Ireland analysed the first 50 inspection reports of residential services for people with disabilities drawn up by Hiqa last year. Photograph: The Irish Times

The State’s health watchdog may be helping to conceal abuse in care homes by failing to carry out comprehensive inspections, a report claims.The Healt(...)

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 (...)

Plans to move more than 3,000 people with intellectual disabilities out of unsuitable institutions have been bogged down by funding shortages, a leak(...)

 Paddy Connolly, Inclusion Ireland: “The failure of the public system to provide adequate speech and language therapy to children with special needs is an enduring crisis.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Thousands of children are waiting years for speech therapy, even though experts acknowledge delays are robbing young people of the chance to reach th(...)

 Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The power to release life sentence prisoners should be taken out of the hands of the minister for justice and consideration should be given to sent(...)

Extreme dehydration and malnutrition were “severe contributory factors” in the death of a man at an HSE-run centre for people with disabilities, acc(...)

The first batch of inspection reports into residential homes and services for people with disabilities has been published by the Heal(...)

 Paddy Connolly: chief executive of Inclusion Ireland says the allegations have raised disturbing questions.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A total of 12 staff members have now been suspended at a care facility for people with intellectual disabilities pending an investigation into allegat(...)

Paddy Connolly of Inclusion Ireland: “The erosion of disability specific and mainstream supports of the past years denotes a complete lack of understanding of the lives lived and challenges faced by people with disabilities and their families.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

People with intellectual disabilities are waiting in some cases up to 13 years to get residential placements, official figures show. There are (...)

The number of young people in need of day services has been rising. Latest figures show the shortage of day places is most acute in the west of the country.

Hundreds of young people with intellectual disabilities in need of essential day services are facing what parents’ groups say is an “unprecedented cri(...)