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Ireland is ‘a disgrace’ when it comes to ensuring at-risk people are properly protected against abuse, said Patricia Rickard Clarke of Sage Advocacy. File photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Almost 16,000 cases of elder abuse have been reported within Health Service Executive-funded services for older people over the past five years. The (...)

Simon Harris: ‘Covid-19 and the increased cost of living is having a major impact on the financial situation of students and their families.’ Photograph: iStock

Additional funding of €1.3 million to assist students in higher education who are struggling with the cost of living has been announced. It comes as (...)

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys: “People are living longer, which is obviously very positive but it does mean there are challenges.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The State pension system is “not sustainable” and there is “no getting away from that fact”, Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys has said(...)

Bertie Ahern and Tony Blair after the Belfast Agreement is signed on April 10th, 1998. Photograph: John Giles/PA

Former UK prime minister Tony Blair and former taoiseach Bertie Ahern are among participants in the Northern Ireland peace process who are set to be i(...)

Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd hit out at local authorities who have responsibility for enforcing air pollution regulations, but who “huff and puff and do nothing about these deaths”. Photograph: iStock

A demand has been made for a “major clamp-down” on the cross-Border sale of solid fuels and on “appalling” illegal advertising as annual deaths from a(...)

Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien who told members of the Fine Gael parliamentary party that he would launch a ‘Housing for All’ plan. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

The Government is planning a new crackdown on AirBnb rentals as well as vacant homes and sites. At the Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting this eve(...)

 Tánaiste Leo Varadkar: he insists he has not broken the law, and defended his actions by saying he  circulated the contract to encourage NAGP members to agree to it.  Photograph: Alan Betson

“What I’m saying is it’s not going to arise,” said Tánaiste Leo Varadkar on the prospect of charges being brought against him on the back of the Garda(...)

Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People Mary Butler: ‘The majority of the 46 units with residents over 65 years have now received the first dose of the vaccine.’ Photograph: Oireachtas TV/PA Wire

Twenty-eight people have died from Covid-19 while resident in a mental health facility, the Dáil has been told. Paying tribute to those who had died (...)

 The HSE said on Thursday   there were 142 nursing home Covid-19 outbreaks and it was monitoring 103 closely as many residents await the  rollout of vaccines. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Bloomberg

Clarity is being urgently sought from State health officials on whether nursing home residents not infected by Covid-19 in significant outbreaks can (...)

A staff member at Mary’s Hospital in the Phoenix Park raised concerns over access to personal protective equipment  early in the pandemic in a protected disclosure on May 6th. Photograph: Eric Luke

An investigator examining a whistleblower’s concerns about Covid-19 protections at a HSE-run nursing home in Dublin has been asked to examine whether (...)

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