Minister of State for Disability Issues Finian McGrath called on the NTA to have a “meaningful and extensive consultation” with the disabled and the elderly. Photograph: Eric Luke

Changes to Dublin’s bus network under a €2 billion overhaul show a disregard for the disabled and elderly, Minister of State for Disability Issues Fin(...)

Minister for Transport  Shane Ross with  newly appointed directors  to public transport boards Liam O’Rourke (CIE), Suzy Byrne (Irish Rail), Elaine Howley (Dublin Bus) and Kevin Kelly (National Transport Authority). Photograph: Alan Betson

People with disabilities should have the same right to easily travel on public transport as able-bodied people, a newly appointed director to Irish Ra(...)

Last year there were 284 fines issued in Dublin’s south inner city for parking in disabled spaces without a permit – eight times higher than  previous year. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The number of fixed charge penalties for illegally parking in disabled spaces has soared as much as 20-fold in parts of the country over recent years,(...)

Edward Rynne, a kitchen worker in Morans Red Cow Moran Hotel, who has a mild intellectual disability and has left full-time care. Photograph: Garrett White

In the six years since the HSE committed to moving thousands of people with intellectual disabilities out of institutions, just over 650 have been. D(...)

Young people with disabilities are getting “trapped” in nursing homes due to a shortage of personal assistants (PAs), in a clear infringement of their(...)

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 (...)

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