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 (...)

Finian McGrath, TD: “I am very angry when I see €3.5 million being spent on expenses in the first six months in the Taoiseach’s department. On the costings we have, my legislation would cost €600,000.”  30-5-07 Photograph: Matt KavanaghThe Independent deputy Finian McGrath following meetings with representatives of the main political parties at Leinster House (Wednesday 30th May)

Just a fraction of the €3.5 million in expenses spent by the Taoiseach’s department in the first six months of the year could greatly improve the educ(...)

US researchers say they have demonstrated a way to “silence” the extra chromosome responsible for Down syndrome.

Down Syndrome Ireland has given a cautious welcome to news that scientists in the US have been able to switch off or “silence” the extra chromosome re(...)

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn is addressing issues raised in a briefing given by Down Syndrome Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson

Consideration is being given to reclassifying Down syndrome as a low-incidence disability in all instances regardless of asses(...)