Cope Foundation chief executive, Sean Abbott said the foundation is concerned at the impact the Covid-19 forced reduction in numbers attending day services across Cork city and county is having on their service users and their families. Photograph: iStock

A charity providing services for almost 3,000 adults and children with intellectual disabilities has appealed for assistance in securing temporary acc(...)


Mary Gaffney, who is now 74, has lived her entire life in institutions run OR OWNED by nuns At the top of Shandon Street, where bells ring out a(...)

Dublin City Council said City Hall would close (except for private events and the cafe. File photograph: Tom Honan

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced the closure of schools, colleges and other public facilities in response to the coronavirus pandemic at a press confe(...)

Deirdre and Tristan O'Gorman with their sons Finn (3) and Noah (one month). Photograph: Clare Keogh

The recent birth of their second child was bittersweet for Deirdre and Tristan O’Gorman: while of course they were overjoyed, his safe arrival reinfor(...)

Fianna Fáil leader  Micheál Martin: sharp clashes with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar after COPE Foundation warned it needs €120 million in additional funding. Photograph: James Forde for The Irish Times

Funding for the COPE Foundation, which has warned that it needs €120 million in extra funding over the next four years, has risen by more than a quart(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin claimed the Government is ‘in denial’ about the stress and anxiety of families of children and adults with intellectual difficulties.

There were heated exchanges between Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin as each accused the other of failing people with disa(...)

Cope has an annual budget of €61m, of which €56m comes from the HSE.

One of the largest providers of services to people with intellectual disabilities and autism in the country has warned it is facing its greatest ever (...)

The Hiqa report said COPE foundation Cork had failed to demonstrate that residents with communicable infections were subject to universal separation and precautions.

Residents and staff of a centre for people with disabilities in Cork were exposed to serious risks due to failures in protocols for dealing with commu(...)

Volunteering can have a number of personal and professional benefits

We all love a random act of kindness. It makes everyone, whether giver or beneficiary, feel good – and, if caught on smartphone, might earn sever(...)

Eleanor O’Kelly-Lynch  with her daughter Lauren. Photograph: Tony O’Connell

When Gary O’Kelly-Lynch was nine years of age, he said to his mother: “God is very mean for what he did to Lauren. Why did he do it?” He was referrin(...)

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