This page features the news on disability from Ireland in the Debrief Library. See also news from other countries.


Civil Society and Community

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New grassroots organisation aims to change perceptions of disability with 'radical' events (Jun, Irish Examiner)

Climate Crisis and Environment

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Climate actions must not undermine rights of people with disabilities, committee warned. (Mar, The Irish Times)

Economics and Social Protection

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Government must not forget disabled people in this cost of living crisis (Jul, The

Social Protection

Each annual budget brings fear. The disability sector is always a target. (Sep, The Irish Times)

Education and Childhood

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Children with disabilities waiting years for vital services access to disability services is full of “constant worry, uncertainty, inadequate support and endless struggle”. (Jan, Irish Examiner)

Special classes not best option for students with disabilities:

“Although special classes have been in existence in Ireland since the mid-1970s, their numbers have increased dramatically over the last decade from more than 500 in 2011 to over 2,000 this year. These developments have taken place in the context of research, by the Economic and Social Research Institute and more recently the Department of Education and Skills (DES) Inspectorate, which show little evidence that students in these classes benefit from such placements.” (Jul, Irish Times)

Employment, Business and Work

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Graduates with disabilities are less likely to be employed – and are paid less. (Feb,


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History and Memorial

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Maeve McCormack Nolan obituary: Celebrated artist and disability advocate. (May, Irish Times)

Institutions and Deinstitutionalization

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Regulator warned disability services provider over ‘unsafe environment’ in residential homes. (Nov, Irish Times)

Concern over future safeguarding incidents at disability services raised in Donegal review (Apr, The Irish Times)

Lived Experience and Opinion

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I moved from all I know: “Jennifer McShane moved to London when it became too expensive and difficult to live in Dublin.” (Dec, Irish Times)

I've Used A Wheelchair Since I Was 19. Why Don't I Need It In My Dreams? Is it denial, long-term memory of previous ways of mobilizing or mirroring what we see? It can take years for our dreams to catch-up with how our bodies change. (Jul, Huffington Post)

Does Representation Miss the Point When it Comes to Creating Body Diversity in Fashion?

"Looking back on my relationship with my body—and perhaps more importantly, the world’s perception of it—it makes sense that I gravitated towards the fashion industry. Even in my teenage years, I knew that clothes could be used as a vehicle to create change. [...] It was also disappointing that such efforts were needed for people to see me the way I wanted to be seen." (Mar, Vogue)

War in Ukraine

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Appeals and Statements

Disabled Women Ireland Statement on supporting disabled people arriving from Ukraine (DWI)