A photo from the 2019 Tour de Munster.

Six months after her daughter Katie was born, Debbie Dillon made what later emerged to be a life-changing phone call. It had come as a shock when doc(...)

Down Syndrome Ireland will tell the committee of its ‘shock and distress’ that many children are ineligible for the summer scheme. File photograph: Getty

School closures are presenting a “real risk of regression” for many vulnerable children with complex needs, the Department of Education has warned. A(...)

 A playground at Seagrange Park, Baldoyle, Dublin which was closed in March due  due to the Covid-19  pandemic.Photograph: Alan Betson

Children’s playgrounds across Dublin city will remain shut on Monday, despite assurances from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar the facilities could open next we(...)

Republic of Ireland women’s manager Vera Pauw welcomed clarity on the women’s Euro Championships, which have been postponed to 2022. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Uefa has acknowledged that it may be impossible to conclude league seasons in some countries across Europe given the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, and said(...)

The Government is to shelve controversial plans to change the way special needs assistants (SNAs) are allocated to support tens of thousands of vulnerable schoolchildren. Photograph: iStock

The Government has shelved controversial plans to change the way special needs assistants (SNAs) are allocated to support tens of thousands of vu(...)

The Department of Education  says the move means parents will no longer need to pay for a diagnosis of a disability and schools will not require a formal application in order to access support.

Opposition is growing to plans to change the way special needs assistants (SNAs) are allocated to support tens of thousands of vulnerable schoolchildr(...)

Declan Ronayne, chief executive of Woodie’s: “We are a very firmly embedded Great Place to Work, it’s very much a focus for us.”

To be named Most Trusted Leader is a serious accolade, but Declan Ronayne, chief executive of Woodie’s, is adamant it isn’t just a personal honour. “(...)

Members of Team Ireland visit Down Syndrome Ireland

A team of Irish esports players is gearing up for the start of the Overwatch World Cup in the United States, with the three day event kicking off on T(...)

Grace O’Brien (12) and Katelyn Harrington (11), from Pouladuff Road, Cork. Katelyn’s book, My Friend Grace,  is up for an Aldi Foróige youth citizenship award on Saturday. Photograph: Michael O’Sullivan

Katelyn Harrington (11) from Cork city wants everyone to know her best friend Grace O’Brien (12) is “just like everyone else, but funnier”. Grace, w(...)

Professional golfer Pádraig Harrington with Special Olympians Mark Claffey and Andrew Simington and  Phyl Kelleher, who will play with Andrew in the Alternate Shot event

Commitment, teamwork, courage and skilfulness will be what are required by Ireland’s Special Olympians when they walk out on a global stage at the Spe(...)

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