Jonathan Lynch  and Robyn O’Shea  have enjoyed taking part in the St Michael’s House gym training programme.  It ‘makes me feel happy and I’m eating healthily too’, says Robyn. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Until recently, Mary Lynch had to take her 26-year-old son Jonathan for a gruelling two-hour power walk around their Donaghmede neighbourhood every si(...)

While the need for improved transport access had been raised at a previous inspection Hiqa noted it was ‘even more limited at the time of this inspection’.

A rural care home for people with intellectual disabilities was found to have cut its residents’ access to transport vehicles in half despite having b(...)

 Karen Byrne, (right) principal of St Michael’s House Special School, Skerries, Co Dublin,  with students, teachers and assistants, outside the old building. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

St Michael’s House Special School, based in a converted farmhouse in Skerries, Co Dublin, has been in “temporary” accommodation for the past 36 years.(...)

Hiqa had concerns about five Brothers of Charity facilities. File photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters

Health and social care inspectors have said they were “very concerned” about their findings at a centre for people with disabilities operated by the B(...)

Participants in the Still Waiting Health campaign  at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Dozens of protestors marched through Dublin’s city centre on Saturday calling for the implementation of a national health service and Sláintecare. Th(...)

Catherine Byrne  surprised Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy by publicly opposing a new housing scheme in Inchicore at its launch. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned Minister of State Catherine Byrne that she will be sacked if she does not support Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy(...)

 Fine Gael TD Catherine Byrne has expressed opposition to a housing development in Inchicore which the Government has planned. File photograph: Alan Rowlette

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said that Catherine Byrne has not spoken to him about a motion of no confidence in Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy, but (...)

David O’Brien, with his father Peter. Aged 37, David was the first person with Down syndrome in Ireland to complete the Applied Leaving Certificate.

Every day is different in David O’Brien’s part-time job as an operative at the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin, just a 10-minute walk fr(...)

 Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Denis Naughten: phone call between Eoghan Ó Neachtain and Mr Naughten on the proposed Celtic Media takeover by INM was not registered.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Former government press secretary Eoghan Ó Neachtain has registered 10 separate returns of lobbying activity over the past two years, including two me(...)

In total, Hiqa published 23 reports on residential services for people with disabilities, of which 13 were found to be in compliance with the regulations and standards. File photograph: Getty Images

Three centres for disabled adults which are run by the same company have been found to have major non-compliance in relation to issues of safety. Tw(...)

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