Cigarettes were the suspected cause in a quarter of cases, electrical appliances were suspected in 18 per cent of cases and electric blankets in 3 per cent. Matches, candles and chip pan fires were the next most likely causes

Cigarettes were the suspected cause of a quarter of fatal fires an analysis of a decade of statistics shows. A total of 366 deaths connected to(...)

Winner: Paddy Crean at this week’s awards ceremony. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

The Silver Surfer awards, which Google and Age Action gave out this week to people in their 60s, 70s and 80s, are proof, if you need it, that the inte(...)

Age of experience: Ellen Ridden regularly speaks out on elder issues

‘I’m sick of us being treated as whingers just because we are old. We’ve got to fight every step of the way, which is so unfair. We are entitled to re(...)

Fifty-nine nursing homes reported 95 allegations of misconduct by nursing home staff or employers to Hiqa last year. Photograph: Getty Images/Ingram Publishing

Advocacy groups have expressed shock at the fact that 4,246 cases of serious injury to nursing home residents were reported by nursing homes to to the(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said there would ultimately be a more efficient system of processing the applications.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has defended cutbacks in funding to local authority housing grants to help older and disabled people living at home. Asked about (...)

Minister of State with responsibility for Older People Kathleen Lynch said the abuse suffered by a small number of older people was ‘disturbing’.  Photograph: Irish Times

Psychological abuse, financial abuse and neglect were the most common types of elder abuse reported to the HSE last year according to figures released(...)