Patricia Rickard-Clark: the  National Safeguarding Committee chair called for  legislation that would provide for independent advocacy on behalf of vulnerable adults. Photograph: Eric Luke

A public awareness campaign on abuse of vulnerable adults is to begin following a survey which found that half of the State’s vulnerable Irish adults (...)

Patients at a psychiatric unit in Co Roscommon had to keep their clothes in plastic bags due to a lack of storage space. Stock photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Patients at a psychiatric unit in Co Roscommon had to keep their clothes in plastic bags due to a lack of storage space, and had to use pens to jimmy (...)

Representatives from the Mental Health Commission found critical or high risks across seven areas including food safety, premises and staffing. Photograph: Reuters/Regis Duvignau

Residents were not adequately protected from peer-to-peer abuse at a psychiatric facility in Castlebar, Co Mayo, according to an inspectors’ report. (...)

St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny: despite the shortcomings staff demonstrated evidence of good practice in various areas and residents praised staff. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

High-risk practices were identified in the areas of medication management, privacy and consent to treatment during a recent inspection of psychiatric (...)

The report on the psychiatric unit of University Hospital Waterford found two woman residents were accommodated in an open area outside the nursing counter. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A woman resident in the psychiatric unit of University Hospital Waterford was accommodated for six days in an open area with no privacy, according to (...)

Waterloo Exchange was sold in 2012 to Davy Real Estate for €22.5 million and has since been remodelled.

Jazz Pharmaceuticals is to lease about 4,088sq m (44,000sq ft) of grade A office space at a rent of about €516.66 per square metre (€48 per square foo(...)

Changes planned by the Department of Health intend to significantly strengthen protections for patients who are detained against their will in mental health institutions. Photograph: iStock

The Government says it will significantly strengthen protections for patients who are detained against their will in mental health institutions. The (...)

The father of a young man who was committed to psychiatric care against his will last month has appealed for his release.  File photograph: Thinkstock

The father of a young man committed to psychiatric care against his will last month has appealed for his release. Peter (not his real name) says his (...)

The figures show a 20% rise in tribunal-related payments, from €6.4m in 2010 to €7.7m last year. Photographs: Getty Images/The Irish Times

Lawyers, psychiatrists and lay people have been paid more than €42 million for reviewing decisions to involuntarily detain mental health patients in h(...)

Suicide is the leading cause of death among young people but statistics cannot convey the devastation and heartbreak of affected families or the impac(...)

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