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 (...)

Independent TD Shane Ross has asked that the investment committee responsible for the €1.47 million wards of court fund appear before the Public Accounts Committee. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The committee responsible for almost €1.5 billion worth of funds held for the State’s 18,500 wards of court may be invited before the Public Accounts (...)

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(...)

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, (...)

April Fool’s Day is being used to admonish the Government for its continued failure to replace the almost 150-year-old Lunacy Act with promised capac(...)

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(...)

Ten staff members at a centre for people with intellectual disabilities in Co Tipperary have been placed on leave followed allegations of mistreatment(...)

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 (...)