The unpublished “value for money” review of the Irish Prison Service dog unit, by GBS International, cost over €14,400. File photograph: Getty Images

The Department of Justice spent nearly €1 million on consultancy reports in recent years, including a “value for money” review of the prison service’s(...)

There are “ongoing concerns” about the safety of residents, risk management and staffing at the Lois Bridges centre, particularly in relation to seriously physically ill residents with anorexia nervosa. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA

A centre providing care and treatment for adults with eating disorders has been ordered to stop admitting seriously ill patients after an inspection f(...)

New standards are to be developed for the health and social care sectors to safeguard vulnerable adults and to protect them from physical, financial, (...)

Many State facilities are not respectful of residents ‘ privacy, dignity and autonomy’. Photograph: iStock

The mental health watchdog has issued a scathing report into conditions in many of the State’s community residences for mentally ill or intellectually(...)

A resident of a Co Cork psychiatric centre was given the wrong medication for a period of time as their name was misspelt on a prescription record, inspectors from the Mental Health Commission have found.

A resident of a Co Cork psychiatric centre was given the wrong medication for a period of time as their name was misspelt on a prescription record, in(...)

Children continue to be admitted to adult mental health facilities deemed inappropriate to their needs, a new series of reports has found, despite str(...)

Psychiatric nurses at University Hospital Waterford are refusing to carry out non-nursing duties as part of  industrial action.

Psychiatric nurses in Waterford and Kilkenny are refusing to carry out non-nursing duties as part of a campaign of industrial action against overcrowd(...)

High Court president Mr Justice Peter Kelly said he was “completely open-minded” about suggestions for changes to the ward of court system. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The president of the High Court, Mr Justice Peter Kelly, has warned against the “exaggeration” of deficits in the ward of court system, under which or(...)

An international study found  the number of involuntary admissions to psychiatric care in Ireland had risen from 46.5 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2013 to 52.6 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2016.

A new international study has criticised Ireland for its lack of reform in the mental health sector despite Vision for Change, which it described as “(...)

A person whose decision-making capacity is in question should be as free as anyone else to make decisions. The  Assisted Decision-Making Capacity Act will help. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

“Do you know where you are?” “Do you know what date it is?” “Can you name the Taoiseach?” “Can you spell ‘world’ backwards?” These questions are f(...)

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