Author and arthritis sufferer Ann Marie Healy at her home in Glenamoy, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan / Phocus

I was born into a family of 16 children, 6 girls and 10 boys (one brother, Thomas Patrick, died when he was seven months old) in the rural village of (...)

One of the issues raised by a number of witnesses in Dr Bernadette Scully’s trial was the fight for services for her severely disabled daughter. Photograph: Collins Courts

Family Carers Ireland has called for a statutory entitlement to home care support for all carers in the wake of the Dr Bernadette Scully case. The su(...)

Bernadette Scully (58) is charged with unlawfully killing her daughter Emily Barut (11) at their home at Emvale, Bachelor’s Walk, Tullamore in  September, 2012. Photograph: Collins Courts.

A doctor charged with the manslaughter of her profoundly disabled daughter cared for the child in an exemplary manner but was finding it difficult to (...)

Joe T Mooney, who has died aged 49, was chief executive of Muscular Dystrophy Ireland (MDI) and, as such, for 14 years provided distinguished leadersh(...)

Michael McCabe: “Some people can’t even be at this protest because they don’t have transport or assistance to get here. So I’m protesting on their behalf too.”  Photograph: Nina Byrne/Centre for Independent Living

Michael McCabe is one of the 20 or so people with disabilities who, joined by supporters, camped outside the Dáil over three days this week. They stag(...)

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, (...)

Martin Naughton, disability rights campaigner. Photograph: Alan Betson

Martin Naughton faced the precipice. Fourteen steep concrete steps outside the Mater Hospital in Dublin stood between him and his ill friend inside. I(...)

Alan Kelly: could make a good start in his new job in Environment by getting to grips with this crisis. Photograph: Alan Betson

Given that Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin are still in place it would be naive to expect the new Cabinet to make big changes for the better. Howeve(...)

Jeremiah Collins:  pleaded guilty to 70 sample charges relating to the theft of some €188,000 from the Cork Centre for Independent Living. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Cork Courts

A former financial administrator who admitted stealing over €500,000 from a charity where he worked to feed a gambling addiction has been sentenced (...)