Dr Margaret Kennedy exposed abuses of intellectually disabled people at the Brothers of Charity-run residence in Kilcornan, Co Galway. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Well known disabilities campaigner Dr Margaret Kennedy is among three Irish people to receive Lambeth Awards, announced in London by Archbishop of Can(...)

John Hegarty working on the Saoirse

The last surviving traditional wooden boatyard in Ireland stands outside Skibbereen, on the banks of the River Ilen, and has been captured in a new(...)

The congregations have yet to pay in full compensation deals reached in 2002 and 2009. Photograph: Alan Betson

Eighteen religious congregations who ran orphanages, reformatories and industrial schools investigated by the Ryan Commission have yet to fully honour(...)

A resident was unable to use their bathroom as it was not wheelchair-accessible. Photograph:  Ron Chapple/Getty Images

Hiqa inspectors reported a “strong smell of urine” in two bedrooms at a residential facility for adults with intellectual disabilities during an unann(...)

Vincent Coyle with Brian Maloney and Cian Hackett on Coyle’s farm in Summerhill, Co Meath. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Imagine if working with the soil could be medically beneficial for people’s mental health. Well, new studies suggest it is, as microbes with antidepre(...)

Fiona King and Adam: It’s just so disheartening, so hurtful, to see that we’re putting in such a huge effort and vital things that the Government should be providing as their responsibility to look after these children in this way, they’re not doing it.”

In January, the Irish Government committed to formally ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability at the end of March. The (...)

The “Ilen” workers: (front row) Br Anthony Keane, John Hegarty, Mary Rose Hegarty; (back row) Gary Mac Mahon, Gene O’Neill, Donal O’Sullivan, Paddy Hegarty, Fachtna O’Sullivan, Ted O’Donovan, Mike Harris, Liam Hegarty, Colm O’Cuilleanain, Mary Jordan. Photograph:  Gary Mac Mahon

When Ireland’ s first round-world yachtsman Conor O’Brien designed and built a 56ft ketch more than 90 years ago, he was not to know that it would bec(...)

Rene van der Poort with daughter Roseanne Theissen and grandson Ciaran Saakian:  “It’s terrible to be be told ‘off you go’ with no proper settlement arrangements.” Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

A 40-year social experiment in which people with intellectual disabilities have lived and learned alongside the mainstream community in Co Kilkenny ha(...)

Pope Francis has given the Brothers of Charity in Belgium until the end of August to stop euthanasia at all of its 15 centres in that country. File image: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis has ordered the Brothers of Charity religious congregation in Belgium to end the practice of offering euthanasia in its psychiatric hospi(...)

Hiqa inspectors were concerned staff and residents at the Liosmore centre in Limerick “continued to be subjected to risk and harm from behaviours that challenge” following an inspection in February this year.

A Brothers of Charity centre for the disabled failed to properly manage challenging behaviour that left one resident “crying and shaking” and threaten(...)

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