Enda Egan

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The Ombudsman for Children’s has urged the Government to avoid a blanket closure of schools due to the negative affect it will have on vulnerable children.

The Government is expected to keep special schools and special classes open for thousands of children with special needs. There are about 16,000 chil(...)

Vulnerable children are losing out on vital supports due to Covid-19 restrictions since schools reopened in September, according to a new survey. Photograph:  Oli Scarff/AFP

Vulnerable children are losing out on vital supports due to Covid-19 restrictions since schools reopened in September, according to a new survey. The(...)

The Hiqa report noted that many residents living in congregated settings experience a ‘poor quality of service and life’. File photograph: Getty

Renewed calls have been made for the urgent transfer of people with disabilities to community settings following a report identifying poor quality of (...)

Dr Frank Conaty of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. Photograph: Laura Hutton

People with disabilities cannot be expected to “just go into a freezer” in the event of a second wave of coronavirus, and their families need supports(...)

Lorraine Dempsey, chair of Inclusion Ireland,  told the committee that parents had been left confused by the changing message the Department of Education was giving about the summer school programme for children with special needs. Photograph:   Oireachtas TV/PA Wire

The lack of access to schools and therapists for children with special needs during the pandemic has been “catastrophic”, the Covid-19 committee has b(...)

Down Syndrome Ireland will tell the committee of its ‘shock and distress’ that many children are ineligible for the summer scheme. File photograph: Getty

School closures are presenting a “real risk of regression” for many vulnerable children with complex needs, the Department of Education has warned. A(...)

Social distancing is bewildering, unnatural and distressing for young children, and communicates the idea that other people are a threat and to be feared.

Life or death has been the chief focus of State and society as we froze for more than two months, watching and counting in sorrow Covid-19’s ravaging (...)

The virus would spread through disability centres in the same way it did nursing homes ‘if the eye was taken off the ball.’ according to Enda Egan, chief executive of Inclusion Ireland. Photograph: iStock

The spread of coronavirus in residential disability centres was currently contained but the congregated living facilities had the “ingredients for dis(...)

 HSE chief operations officer Anne O’Connor  speaking in Government Buildings, Dublin. Photograph: Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

Seventy-five long-term residential care facilities are dealing with category “red” outbreaks of coronavirus and facing problems such as serious staff (...)

Through inaction, Ireland may be in breach of several international rights covenants as well as domestic and Constitutional law.

More than 2,000 people with intellectual disabilities are still living in institutional settings despite policy stating all should be closed by 2018, (...)

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