Health authorities are to develop new guidelines on the use of powerful psychotropic medication. Photograph: Getty Images

Stronger oversight over the prescription of powerful psychotropic drugs for vulnerable patients is needed, Minister of State Kathleen Lynch has said. (...)

Linda and her son Anthony Kletzander, who is in his early 20s and lives in a group home. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Maeve Kennedy was worried. Her brother Eamonn, who is mildly intellectually disabled, had just been admitted to hospital from the care centre where he(...)

More than half of people with learning disabilities living in residential centres are being prescribed powerful antipsychotic drugs. Photograph: Getty Images

Just over half of people with learning disabilities living in residential centres are being prescribed powerful antipsychotic drugs which can be used (...)

People probably encounter workers with disabilities far more often than they realise. It’s just not as apparent as we might think it ought to be

When was the last time you were helped by an employee with a disability? Would you have known? Not necessarily.Is a disabled person somebody in a whee(...)

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(...)