Fred McBride, the chief operating officer of Tusla, said the organisation accepted that use of single separation was not adequate on occasions.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Some troubled children at a special care unit were forced to urinate on the floor while being isolated in a “safe room” for long periods of time ti(...)

The placement of children in withdrawal rooms is regarded by most special schools as a measure of last resort to protect the safety of pupils and staff. Photograph: The Irish Times

Special needs campaigners have called for the introduction of official rules governing the use of “seclusion rooms” in schools to manage the behaviour(...)

A Hiqa report has revealed that staff at a Dublin care home did not contact emergency services during a fire alarm because they did not want to incur call-out charges. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Staff at a care home in Monkstown, south Dublin, did not contact emergency services during an unexpected fire alarm because they did not want to incu(...)

Tallaght Hospital report says an increased focus on strategy is required at board level. Photograph: David Sleator

Board members at Tallaght Hospital are frustrated with the difficulty of portraying the hospital in a positive light, according to an internal repo(...)

HSE says it needs over €250 million in funding to rehouse thousands of people with disabilities in smaller units and meet standards set by the health watchdog, Hiqa.

The Health Service Executive says it needs over €250 million in funding to rehouse thousands of people with disabilities in smaller units and meet sta(...)

Hiqa chief executive Phelim Quinn: says certain services needed to change “radically and quickly”. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Since late 2013, the State’s health watchdog’s inspections of disability homes have uncovered, in the words of its chief executive, some “regressive, (...)

A scene from the RTÉ documentary on the Áras Attracta care home in Swinford, Co Mayo

An independent body should be established to provide oversight for residential disability services and address “decades of neglect” of people living i(...)

The more vulnerable you are, the less protection you can expect to get in State-run institutions. That is the conclusion pointed to by reports from th(...)

Cregg House: the facility for more than 100 adults with intellectual disabilities in Cregg, Rosses Point, Co Sligo, failed to comply with any Hiqa standards during five separate visits. Photograph: James Connolly/PicSell8

Disability service providers, including the HSE, must change “radically and quickly” if the “regressive and neglectful” conditions in certain disabil(...)

A screen grab from RTÉ’s Investigations Unit - Inside Bungalow 3 report on Áras Attracta on  Prime Time last December.

More than 93 per cent of inspections of disability homes carried out by the State’s health watchdog found the facilities failed to comply with nati(...)