The public petition presented to Dáil and Seanad deputies at Leinster House

What was once deemed to be a benevolent law has become one that strips away all decision-making powers from people with intellectual disabilities, (...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan announced interim measure “in recognition of the length of time it will take” to introduce the new resource teacher model. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Children categorised as having “mild” Down syndrome are to receive additional teaching resources in a move cautiously welcomed by parents and campaig(...)

The Department of Education is facing fresh legal action over its exclusion of children with “mild” Down Syndrome from teaching resources that are gr(...)

Unit 3 Merlin Commercial Park, Doughiska, Co Galway. Retail warehouse building. Reserve: €1.85m-€2m. Unit 3 Merlin Commercial Park, Doughiska, Co Galway

The first Allsop Space auction of 2015 on February 18th features 222 properties with a total reserve of more than €40 million.Many of the commercial (...)

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 (...)

Former Republic of Ireland manager John Giles has expressed the hope that Everton’s James McCarthy can fulfil his potential and really deliver during(...)

David O’Brien: the first student with Down syndrome to complete the Leaving Cert,  in 2000

In 2000 David O’Brien became the first person with Down syndrome to complete Leaving Cert Applied. Today an estimated 10-15 people with the condition (...)

Eastern Region athletes LJ Ryan (17) from Blanchardstown in Co Dublin  and Adam Lalor (19) from Clonee Co Dublin after competing in the Mini Javelin heats at the Special Olympics Ireland Games at the University of Limerick. Photograph: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

There are almost 70 years between them but the excitement felt by the oldest and youngest athletes competing at Special Olympics Ireland is perfectly (...)

Parents of children with special needs are often encouraged by the principals of mainstream schools to send their children to ‘special’ schools instead, with the excuse that they would get “better therapeutic supports in the special school” an Oireachtas Committee has been told.

Parents of children with special needs are often encouraged by the principals of mainstream schools to send their children to ‘special’ schools instea(...)

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 (...)