There are just seven ‘changing places’ in Ireland, only one of which is outside Dublin. Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

The mother of an adult with a disability has told how her daughter cannot fully participate in life due to a dearth of suitable toilet facilities. An(...)

Minister of State Finian McGrath, who has special responsibility for disabilities, has said there is legal disagreement over whether parents and families are allowed to place elderly or disabled relatives in institutions against their will. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Ratified, up to a point

The Department of Justice has, once again, found reasons for not doing the generous thing for a disadvantaged group of people. This time, it was decid(...)

Minister of State with Responsibilities for Disability Issues Finian McGrath said the convention offers “an opportunity to reassess our attitudes to people with disabilities, and to place a renewed focus on their place in society”. Photograph: Collins

Disability rights campaigners have described as “deeply worrying” and “ridiculous” the decision by the Government to ratify the United Nations Convent(...)

 Kathleen Lynch: “Local Authorities need to make additional help to adapt homes available”

Disability rights groups have expressed concern at figures showing more than 7,600 people with disabilities are on social housing waiting lists. The (...)

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 (...)

Marine Martin, founder and spokeswoman of the French association of parents of children suffering from anti-convulsant syndrome (APESAC). Her book “Depakine, The Scandal (I Could Not Keep Silent)” is published this month. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images

Disability organisations have called for a national audit of women who have taken a widely used anti-epilepsy drug while pregnant. The groups want to(...)

Bronwen O’ Reilly,  Glasnevin and Trinity student Niamh Herbert,  Kildare during a Dáil protest demanding ratification of the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

It is difficult to understand why our Government has not ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), some 10 years afte(...)

John Dolan (left): we have witnessed  “start of the unravelling of the discipline of the Lansdowne Road agreement”.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

If the Government does not resist further demands for pay increases across the public sector it will be triggering a “second recession” for people wi(...)

 Martin Naughton, disability rights campaigner, photographed in January 2015 for an Irish Times interview.  File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Lifelong campaigner for the disabled Martin Naughton has died, aged 62. President Michael D Higgins described him as an “indefatigable advocate for (...)

The truth to be faced up to is that each of us is or will be affected by disability, either personally or through a loved one. More than 56,000 people will become disabled in Ireland in the year ahead. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The 2017 budget is the fourth since the ending of the recession. There are 600,000 disabled people and their families. They are citizens of this count(...)

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