Conal Devine

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Fiachra Ó Marcaigh:  At the age of 25, he was appointed to the board of the weekly magazine Anois, and he would be associated with Irish language publishing for more than 30 years.

Fiachra Ó Marcaigh, who has died at the age of 57 following a short illness, was a pioneering journalist who specialised in writing in the Irish langu(...)

 An inquiry was also conducted by senior counsel Conor Dignam at the request of Minister of State Finian McGrath.

The whistleblower who exposed the poor treatment of “Grace” has accused the Health Service Executive of conspiring to cover up the abuse of the young (...)

 Finian McGrath, Minister of State for Disability Issues, has appointed  senior counsel Marjorie Farrelly to lead a commission of investigation into Grace’s case. Photograph: Eric Luke

The cost to “Grace” of her abandonment in a “foster” home for 20 years, where she suffered gross physical and emotional abuse, is incalculable and can(...)

“Grace”, who is severely intellectually disabled and unable to speak, was left in a foster home in the southeast for 13 years after a decision to remove her in April 1996 was overturned in October 1996. File photograph: Getty Images

Two health board employees involved in a 1996 decision to leave an intellectually disabled girl known as “Grace” in a foster home, despite allegations(...)

Dr Cathal Morgan, head of operations at HSE Disability Services, at the launch of the publication of the HSE South East disability foster care reports in Kilkenny. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Health Service Executive has denied that concerns over the care of vulnerable people in foster care in the south-east were covered up. Senior off(...)

Inquiries into alleged abuse suffered by an intellectually disabled woman at a southeast foster home have recommended the cases of four others who were cared for in the same home be examined. Photograph: Thinkstock

Inquiries into alleged sexual and physical abuse suffered by an intellectually disabled woman at a southeast foster home have recommended the cases of(...)

Conor Dignam SC: says HSE’s handling of the claims meant “serious issues were not investigated as soon as possible and other serious issues have not yet been investigated”. Collins/Courts

A senior counsel has strongly criticised the Health Service Executive for its approach to allegations of abuse at a foster home in the southeast. Con(...)

Finian McGrath: “This report is an absolute priority for me. I am not going to tolerate or stand over a process which does not get the absolute truth of the matter.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The “absolute priority” for a forthcoming commission of investigation into a “foster home” in the southeast will be to ascertain how a vulnerable you(...)