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# disabilities - Wednesday 7 October, 2020

People with disabilities have been ‘forgotten’ during pandemic, Dáil told

Day services have only reopened at 40% capacity.

# disabilities - Wednesday 29 July, 2020

Planned 1% disability cut to be scrapped and day services to 'gradually resume' in August, confirms Taoiseach

Up to 100 people protested today against the Government’s failure to fully reopen day services for adults with disabilities.

# disabilities - Thursday 14 May, 2020

Families 'deeply concerned' about welfare of people with intellectual disabilities amid crisis

Inclusion Ireland has asked to appear before the Oireachtas Covid-19 committee.

# disabilities - Monday 27 April, 2020

'Deep concerns' about lack of reporting of Covid-19 deaths among people with intellectual disabilities

Inclusion Ireland will meet Health Minister Simon Harris today to discuss the situation.

# disabilities - Saturday 11 January, 2020

'We need shows like Fair City to star people with disabilities and reflect the world we live in'

The short film Aretha stars young actress Orla Casey, who has been acting since she was in primary school.

# disabilities - Thursday 14 November, 2019

Irish Wheelchair Association to redeploy workers at closed disability resort 'where possible'

Protests have taken place after the closure of the centre was annonuced last week.

# disabilities - Tuesday 3 September, 2019

'They feel there's an unreasonable effort to control them': Watchdog concern over HSE treatment of people with disabilities

In 2018, 206 complaints or concerns were received by Confidential Recipient for Vulnerable Persons.

# disabilities - Tuesday 6 August, 2019

HSE saving measures to target older people and those with disabilities 'in order to break even'

The HSE boss has denied it is undertaking any cost-cutting measures.

# disabilities - Thursday 28 March, 2019

Donald Trump rows back on decision to cut Special Olympics funding by $18m

“I’ve been to the Special Olympics, I think it’s incredible,” he told reporters.

# disabilities - Thursday 27 December, 2018

Hunger Games meets X Factor: Play highlights how people who are 'different' are treated in a post-Trump world

The piece is devised and performed by an ensemble of actors with intellectual disabilities, reflecting satirically on the rise of right-wing authoritarianism.

# disabilities - Monday 3 September, 2018

Peacekeeping and disabilites on the agenda as Sean Gallagher to formally begin presidential campaign

The businessman announced last week that he would contest the presidential race again following weeks of speculation.

# disabilities - Sunday 5 August, 2018

A card-based system has created more awareness for disabled people in the UK - could it work here?

The JAM card has proven such a success in Northern Ireland that activists are calling for its introduction here.

# disabilities - Sunday 22 April, 2018

'People with disabilities are represented as one-dimensional, that they're happy all the time'

A new podcast is giving people with disabilities a platform to share their stories.

# disabilities - Sunday 25 February, 2018

'We'd given up hope': One year later, Kerry parents finally given full-time respite service for adult children

There has been no full-time respite service available in Kerry for around a year.

# disabilities - Wednesday 31 January, 2018

'Significant gap': Lone parents and those with disabilities among the most deprived in Ireland

Lone parents and adults with a disability were worse off than other people of the same age.

# disabilities - Tuesday 30 January, 2018

'A watershed moment': Resolution to ratify UN disabilities convention to go before the Dáil

Ireland is the only EU country that has yet to ratify the Convention.

# disabilities - Monday 1 January, 2018

After 10 years, Ireland is to finally ratify UN Convention on rights of people with disabilities

A Dáil vote on the issue is expected in February.

# disabilities - Tuesday 5 December, 2017

Minister to ask Cabinet to ratify disabilities legislation by end of December

The Independent Alliance’s Finian McGrath will look for his Cabinet colleagues to support his draft legislation today.

# disabilities - Saturday 2 December, 2017

'So many venues' wheelchair bathrooms won’t have sanitary bins, soap, or mirrors - they barely have a working lock'

Going to gigs or performances when you have a disability shouldn’t be a stressful experience. We find out more at the launch of Arts and Disability Ireland’s latest strategy.

# disabilities - Thursday 23 November, 2017

Rehab Group to drop its name and spend up to €40,000 on rebranding

“To put it simply, we are not in the business of ‘rehabilitation’. We are in the business of changing hearts and minds around disability.”

# disabilities - Wednesday 22 November, 2017

DART pilot project to reduce advance notice for disabled passengers from 24 to four hours

Shane Ross has said the 24-hour travel notice period disabled passengers must give Irish Rail is ‘unacceptable’.

# disabilities - Thursday 2 November, 2017

Dublin City has the highest percentage of unhealthy people in Ireland

Just 82.8% of people in Dublin City said their health was good.

# disabilities - Friday 6 October, 2017

'High-risk' physical and chemical restraint still in use at Limerick care centre

Hiqa said that the procedures at a daughters of Charity care centre continued to present “a risk to residents’ health and safety”.

# disabilities - Tuesday 26 September, 2017

Epilepsy drug which has left 400 Irish children with disabilities to come under EU review today

An Irish woman whose three children have disabilities will give evidence at a public hearing today.

# disabilities - Friday 4 August, 2017

'Crying and shivering': Residents and staff at disability care centre describe fear and vulnerability

A report on this centre in Limerick is one of 22 Hiqa inspections that were published today.

# disabilities - Friday 21 July, 2017

'I just felt really embarrassed': Calls to end Irish Rail 24 hour notice for people with disabilities

Earlier this month, a wheelchair user had to wait 15 minutes for Irish Rail to help her exit a train.

# disabilities - Monday 19 June, 2017

Hoax statement made by Dublin Lord Mayor to raise disability awareness

Dublin City Council released a false statement suggesting people with disabilities may be allowed use cycle lanes.

# disabilities - Wednesday 7 June, 2017

Four directors prosecuted for 'culture of abuse' at UK care centres

People with significant learning disabilities were detained in seclusion rooms which had no heating or toilet facilities.

# disabilities - Monday 29 May, 2017

The government is giving almost €60 million towards home improvements for older people

The Housing Adaptation Grant scheme provides aid for older people and people with disabilities.

# disabilities - Thursday 25 May, 2017

'Huge concerns' over future of disability service in Kilkenny

The centre at Ballytobin is to be transferred to the HSE.

# disabilities - Monday 15 May, 2017

Decriminalisation of people with intellectual disabilities having sex welcomed

Instead, the status of a ‘protected person’ will be created for people who can’t give consent.

# disabilities - Tuesday 2 May, 2017

Three year campaign results in 33,000 children with disabilities getting full medical cards

Children who receive the Domiciliary Care Allowance are now eligible for a full medical card.

# disabilities - Monday 24 April, 2017

Tributes paid to 'fearless and brilliant campaigner' Donal Toolan

President Michael D Higgins said Toolan was “a deeply committed advocate for legislation on disability rights”.

# disabilities - Thursday 9 March, 2017

85% jump in number of complaints received about HSE care of vulnerable adults

A cost-saving decision to move people with severe intellectual disabilities away from their long-term home was overturned.

# disabilities - Friday 9 September, 2016

From The Daily Edge Everyone's talking about this very naughty new Maltesers ad Storme Toolis

Everyone's talking about this very naughty new Maltesers ad

“He wasn’t complaining.”

# disabilities - Tuesday 5 July, 2016

750,000 people are living in poverty in Ireland - on under €218 a week

New figures released by Social Justice Ireland today show 100,000 more people are in poverty than at the start of the recession.

# disabilities - Saturday 14 May, 2016

Brendan O'Connor: Children with disabilities are not taken care of in Ireland

The RTÉ presenter gave an impassioned interview on The Late Late Show last night.

# disabilities - Friday 13 May, 2016

Finian McGrath says that he WILL pay his water charges

The junior minister had previously said that he would not pay.

# disabilities - Tuesday 29 March, 2016

Troubled Rehab and CRC lottery takes first, faltering step towards recovery

The Care Trust, affected by its parent charities’ scandals, is back in the black – but all is not as it seems.

# disabilities - Thursday 31 December, 2015

Today is D-day for all public buildings to be made accessible for those with disabilities

But have all our public buildings made the deadline?

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