Elizabeth O’Kelly: “She was very quiet . . . She would have reminded you of Miss Marple.” Photograph: Alf Harvey

Fr Seán Kelly says that when Elizabeth O’Kelly gave him €12,000 to help fund the painting of the Catholic Church in Stradbally, Co Laois, she insisted(...)

The Department of Health and the HSE argued that staff working in Section 39 organisations were not public servants and are not covered by public service pay deals. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Talks on pay restoration for thousands of staff working in State-funded voluntary bodies and agencies providing health and social care are to reconven(...)

Sinéad Tarmey, Wicklow Hospice, and Therese Tyrrell with  photographs of her late sisters Nora and Bernie

1) A night of “music and fun” is planned for Brooklodge Hotel, Aughrim, on Sunday (May 20th) in aid of Wicklow Hospice. The event is organised by Ther(...)

Hiqa chief executive Phelim Quinn. The body said it was not unduly concerned about the cancellation of 17 registrations in the nursing home sector. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Hiqa threatened to cancel the registrations of almost 60 disability centres and nursing homes over the past five years. Figures obtained under the F(...)

Good intentions are no defence when placed against a record of providing “unsafe and chaotic services” for people with autism. Following 18 months of (...)

Chemical restraint medicines were being administered by people who did not know how much or how often to give it in centres accommodating residents with autism, Hiqa has found.

Chemical restraint medicines were being administered by people who did not know how much or how often to give it in centres accommodating residents wi(...)

The Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) has taken control of three homes run by the Irish Society for Autism, following a damning list of charges that the facilities were run unsafely and chaotically. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

The Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) has taken control of three homes run by the Irish Society for Autism, following a damning list of(...)

The Irish Society for Autism centres taken over by the HSE   are Cluain Farm, Kinnegad, Co Westmeath; Dunfirth Farm, Johnstownbridge in Co Kildare and Sarshill House, Kilmore in Co Wexford. File photograph: Getty Images

The HSE has taken over control of three residential centres for people with autism following concerns for the safety and wellbeing of residents. The(...)

People with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) present with range of interrelated difficulties such as delays in language development, sensory sensiti(...)

Kathleen McDonnell, Maria Dollard, Martina Ozonyia and Toddy Hogan at the Equality and Diversity Early Childhood National Network/Stay Strong conference in the Clarion Hotel, North Wall Quay. Photograph: Alan Betson

Everybody knows one little girl in the pre-school class is a Traveller but nobody talks about it. However, when one of her classmates is having a birt(...)