The National Council for the Blind of Ireland is seeking donations of computer equipment to help visually impaired people live more independently. Photograph: iStock

The National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) has launched a new programme seeking donations of computer equipment that can be repurposed to gi(...)

“I am totally blind and when I need assistance it involves bringing people into my personal space. I don’t want to ask someone to do that. It’s not fair on them or me.” Photograph: iStock

The decision by some HSE offices not to provide electronic fund transfers of crucial allowances is causing “unnecessary financial hardship” for blind (...)

Chris White (right), CEO of the  NCBI, speaks to demonstrators at the strike on Whitworth Road in Dublin on Friday. Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Further strike action by workers in State-funded organisations providing health and social services is inevitable unless they receive restoration of p(...)

Elaine Howley, policy and advocacy director with the National Council for the Blind of Ireland: “Those of us who live with visual impairment incur extra costs every week so that we can just live ordinary lives.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Blind people need an additional €45 a week just to enjoy a minimum standard of living, according to new research which for the first time quantifies t(...)

Of the 13,000 ophthalmology patients waiting for a procedure, 3,500 have been on the list for more than 12 months, according to official figures. Photograph: Istock

Thousands of eye patients are at risk of irreversible sight loss because of delays in accessing treatment, according to a leading charity. Ophthalmol(...)

Campaign groups have called on the Government to introduce a national vision strategy to help prevent eye disease. Photograph: PA

A proper strategy to deal with preventable eye diseases could save the State €76 million a year, it has been claimed. A new report by th(...)