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Prof Daragh O’Neill of Clann Medical Practice in Drogheda, Co Louth. He says  general practice is “on its knees” as a result of Covid-19.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A senior GP in Drogheda, Co Louth, has said general practice is “on its knees” as a result of Covid-19, and the situation at the moment is as bad as h(...)

None of the victims’ families were told about the abuse at Ard Gréine Court in Stranorlar until December 2018, by which time at least one of the victims had died. Photograph: Joe Dunne

A Garda investigation into prolonged sexual abuse at a HSE-run disability centre in Co Donegal has closed, potentially clearing the way for publicatio(...)

The disability services centre at Ard Greíne Court, Stranorlar, Co Donegal. Photograph: Joe Dunne

The opening in 2008 of Ard Greíne Court, a campus of seven bungalows for up to 40 intellectually disabled adults, in Stranorlar, Co Donegal, was greet(...)

The review finds patient ‘Brandon’ carried out  at least 108 sexual assaults on mainly non-verbal peers, with the ‘full knowledge’ of management at Ard Gréine Court in  Stranorlar, Co Donegal. Photograph: Joe Dunne

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said he supports the demands made by families that an independent investigation into the sexual abuse of their intellectually(...)

Donegal TD Thomas Pringle outside the disability services centre at Ard Greine Court, Stranorlar, Co Donegal: The whistleblower contacted the TD as  repeated failings remained unaddressed. Photograph: Joe Dunne

Families of some of the 18 intellectually disabled adults who were allegedly sexually assaulted in HSE care over a 13-year period say they don’t belie(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: ‘Church-run institutions should be places where people experience the warm embrace of Jesus Christ, particularly vulnerable people, not harshness, judgementalism and disrespect.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

What happened in the mother and baby homes was “only one chapter in a shocking narrative that has gone on for some time”, the Catholic Archbishop of D(...)

Dr Gabriel Scally:   ‘We’re paying the price for the failure, and particularly the Border counties are obviously paying the price for that.’ Photograph:  Crispin Rodwell

An all-island plan is now “the only way” to tackle the high number of Covid-19 cases occurring on both sides of the Border, public health expert Dr Ga(...)

 Minister for Education Richard Bruton: this new process has ‘the potential to change the course of education in Ireland by providing a system which reflects the changing needs of families’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Parents are to be polled over the coming weeks on whether they want multi-denominational patrons to take over the running of Catholic schools. The mo(...)