Dr Frank Conaty of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. Photograph: Laura Hutton

People with disabilities cannot be expected to “just go into a freezer” in the event of a second wave of coronavirus, and their families need supports(...)

Owen Collumb  has 120 hours of PA time per week and lives in Dublin, where he works as a facilities manager with Muscular Dystrophy Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Thousands of disabled people who use personal assistants (PAs) to enable them to live independently are anxious and fearful about their ability to rem(...)

 Helen Rochford Brennan said a key clause of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities had been deferred - deliberately. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

“We are not lunatics” said longtime disability rights campaigner Helen Rochford Brennan who in 2012 was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease(...)

While 71 per cent of the general working-age population are at work this figures is just 31 per cent of people with a disability. Photograph: iStock

Poverty is the biggest issue for people with disabilities, a coalition of advocacy groups has said. Publishing its election manifesto on Thursday, t(...)

There are 643,131 people in Ireland living with a disability. That’s more than 13 per cent of the population, and their chances of living in consistent poverty have more than doubled in the past decade

On Thursday the Cabinet meets, with disability as the main item on the agenda. This is unprecedented and we welcome the long overdue focus on a sector(...)

Vincent Deeley: ‘I do get depressed sometimes . . . but what can you do?’ Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy/The Irish Times

Vincent Deeley (60) worked in forestry until the late 1990s when he was diagnosed with a wasting disease called Becker muscular dystrophy. He lives i(...)

Kevin Barron: “I know I have so much more to offer if only I were back living in the community.”  Photograph: Alan Betson

Kevin Barron was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in his early 20s. By the time he turned 46 his condition had deteriorated, and he moved into a(...)

Campaigners in Cork ahead of Make Way Day. Photograph: Make Way Day Facebook page

“Doing Pana”, or walking down Patrick Street, is something generations of Corkonians have enjoyed, but for one woman, such a simple pleasure is no lon(...)

Conor Dillon, 21, from Dublin is calling for the reinstatement of the training allowance

For Conor Dillon, removing the training allowance for school leavers with disabilities will prevent him from “learning basic skills”. The 21-year-old(...)

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(...)

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