Sonia O’Sullivan presenting Mary Davis of Special Olympics the Outstanding Achievement award at The Irish Times/Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Everything about Sonia O’Sullivan presenting Mary Davis with the outstanding contribution to women’s sport award was entirely fitting. For O’Sullivan,(...)

Conor Fogarty near his home in Sutton, Co Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

For years Conor Fogarty (18) has dreamed of working at his local supermarket, a few minutes’ walk from the housing estate where he has grown up in Sut(...)

Chloe Collins (right) with (from left) her sister Lynn, her mother Eimear and Paula Murphy, who helps care for Chloe through the National Home Sharing & Short Breaks Network. Photograph: Eric Luke

There’s no doubt that the Collins home revolves around the very chatty, bespectacled youngest child of the house, Chloe (14), who is very set in her w(...)

 Fidelma Kelly of  St Michael’s House: “It epitomises normalisation. Words like ‘social inclusion’ are bandied about a lot, but this is what the scheme is about and it is so important.”    Photograph: Eric Luke

The lack of regulation and legislation around home-sharing services for people with an intellectual disability is highlighted in a recent report of a (...)

Aisling and Kevin Davenport are the parents of three children – two sons and a daughter. Their eldest child, Tommy, is now 13. He was born with Down s(...)

Competitors from  Drumshambo, Denise Mc Weeney, Mary Mc Keon, Claire Fee, Sinead Gillard, Sheila Moran and Catherine Mc Gowan preparing for the VHI womens mini marathon in Dublin.Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times.

Some 35,000 people are taking part in the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin on bank holiday Monday. The event is now in its fourth decade, and pr(...)

Women’s mini-marathon in 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The sun gods will keep smiling on Ireland as the bank holiday weekend ends and while the blue skies and warm breezes will be welcomed by most, the hea(...)

By 2020, the number of people with intellectual disability aged over 65 is projected to double from estimates made in the 1990s. Photograph: Thinkstock

We have come a long way in the past 50 years in our attitudes to people with intellectual disability. Thanks to organisations such as St Michael’s Hou(...)

Bridgette Keane and her son Mark (10) at home in Sutton, Co Dublin. Photograph:  Eric Luke

‘He is in a school yard of about 200 children, with no voice. It’s very difficult.” It’s a stark image that Bridgette Keane conjures up of her non-ve(...)

The court heard that St Michael’s House had entered a full defence to the claim.   Photograph: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland.

A disabled man is to be compensated by St Michael’s House, one of the State’s largest disability service providers, following allegations that he was(...)

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