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(...)

Sr Margaret Casey of the Sisters of Mercy: five properties owned by the Sisters of Mercy are yet to be fully transferred to the State. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Properties yet to be fully transferred to the State under the 2002 indemnity agreement with religious congregations include five owned by the Sisters(...)

David Dineen: In 2002, his childhood abuse was recognised at the Residential Institutions Redress Board. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

As a child, David Dineen (46) experienced “savage sexual abuse,” and beatings in a Brothers of Charity institution in Cork. He left, aged 15, and spen(...)

Were individuals at fault in this saga, or was there systemic bad governance?

If we truly want to learn from the appallingly bad decisions made in the life of “Grace” we must also face the context in which they were made. New t(...)

Graduate Maitiú Quinn watches Aoife King tying Damien Graham’s tie ahead of the  ceremony. Photograph: Andrew Downes/Xposure

WHEN student Aoife King applied for a place on a performance arts course three years ago, her family had no idea how much it would transform her life(...)

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