A judge has decided ‘with greate to allow a disabled woman to remain in conditions of ‘squalor and chaos’. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A High Court judge has decided, “with great reluctance”, that an intellectually disabled young woman with physical health issues may remain with her f(...)

Annmarie O’Brien (top left), her daughter Paris (left), with Holly O’Brien and Jordan O’Brien, who all died, and their mother Margaret O’Brien (top right), who remains critically ill following the fire at Kilcronan estate in Clondalkin, Dublin.

The mother of two of the three children who perished yesterday in an apartment in Clondalkin, west Dublin, was herself clinging to life last night. M(...)

Fiona Ryan, chief executive of Sonas which runs the Clondalkin Supported Housing Complex in Cluainin Cronan on Kilcronan Avenue. Photograph: Colin Keegan

Sonas is the State’s largest provider of accommodation for women and children in fear of domestic violence. It provides clients with a range of acco(...)

 Neighbours placed flowers and teddy bears at the scene of an apartment fire in Cluainin Cronan in Clondalkin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Were it not for the firefighters, gardaí, reporters and cameramen outside the small apartment block in the Kilcronan estate in Clondalkin, Co Dublin, (...)

Recognising behavioural warning signs associated with domestic violence was identified as a key component to tackle the problem in the Women’s Aid report Photograph: Thinkstock

Recognising behavioural warning signs associated with domestic violence was identified as a key component to tackle the problem in the Women’s Aid rep(...)

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Thankful to have escaped

Laura’s storyFor the last two years of my marriage my husband never used my name. He only called me “stupid bitch”, “ugly bitch” or just “bitch”.I met(...)

Photograph: Lluís Real/Age/Getty

‘There is no such thing as a typical victim of domestic violence, but there is a typical perpetrator, because they all operate the same control method(...)