‘Grace’ was sent to a foster home in the southeast when she was a child and remained there for 20 years, despite concerns being raised on a number of occasions about her welfare. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The commission of inquiry into the case of “Grace” – an intellectually disabled young woman left in a foster home for 20 years despite concerns about (...)

 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(...)

It was decided in September 2014 to take ‘Mary’ from the foster home at the centre of the sexual abuse allegations but she was not removed until February 2016. Photograph posed by model: iStock

A young woman remained with a foster family in the Cork region for two years after allegations of sex abuse were made against a carer in the home, a r(...)

 Minister of State for Disability Issues Finian McGrath speaks outside  Leinster House, Dublin. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Dáil has unanimously agreed new expanded terms of reference for the commission of investigation into the abuse of the intellectually disabled woma(...)

Former Fianna Fáil councillor Gary O’Flynn, who pleaded guilty to six counts of mortgage fraud while working as a financial advisor. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A former Fianna Fáil councillor has been remanded for sentence after he pleaded guilty to six counts of mortgage fraud while working as a financial ad(...)