Pictured at the launch of the ability to work fund are Ailbhe Keane, a board member of SIFI, Lisa Cox, a member of Blue Diamond Drama Academy, Regina Doherty, Minister for Employment Affairs & Social Protection, Daniel Ryan, member of Blue Diamond Drama Academy and Tadhg Young,  State Street country head. Photograph: Conor Healy/Picture It Photography 

A new €1.5 million fund has been created by the Social Innovation Fund Ireland (SIFI) and US financial services group State Street to offer more oppor(...)

Joy Shaughnessy and Karl Flynn who run Kickboxing to Inspire and Challenge Kids in Tallaght. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

At first glance it looks like a standard gym circuit work-out. At the blast of a trainer’s whistle, the teenage participants move from station to stat(...)

Margaret Turley at the Trinity Centre for people with intellectual disabilities: now getting work experience at  consultancy firm EY and living away from home.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

When Margaret Turley went to a special school for children with intellectual disabilities, all she recalls is being told what she couldn’t do. “We we(...)