The cost of college can come as a shock to parents and students  but there are ways to save money. Photograph: iStock

1: Look out for scholarships. There’s a useful list of scholarships available to undergraduate students at careersportal.ie/scholarships. 2: Elsewh(...)

Clare Heffernan, a resident of the apartments attached to St Mary’s (Telford) nursing home in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. ‘I can’t sleep. I cannot eat. I am so traumatised.’   Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Residents of a south Dublin nursing home and supported living facility say they are terrified, devastated and “very angry” at its threatened closure. (...)

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(...)

The national charity supporting the blind reported a  30 per cent drop in funding during the coronavirus crisis. Photograph: iStock

The national charity supporting the blind has had to make “truly awful” cuts to safeguard the future of the organisation, due to a 30 per cent drop in(...)

“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(...)

 Louise Bruton: “There’s a huge lack of specialised mental health services that are inclusive of disabled people.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

It’s often said that when you’re feeling down, asking for help is the first and, sometimes, scariest step. If you are looking beyond the help of frien(...)

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(...)

Dawson Street in Dublin: name-signage for our stations, whether they are for trains, Dart or Luas, does not have to be so utilitarian. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Who doesn’t love the Luas? Smooth, clean and efficient, it gets you from A to B. And when the link-up is completed, it will also connect you to C, D, (...)

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(...)

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