There are 190,303 children in Ireland who have special needs requirements, according to estimates published by the National Council for Special Education (NCSE). That is nearly one-fifth of all Irish children.
The Irish Hospital Consultants' Association (IHCA) has written to the HSE to tell it that “major deficits exist” in relation to the implementation of part two of the Mental Health Act, 2001 which came in on 1 November.
A survey of 14 institutes of technology has found that just two institutes employ a disability officer and that in nine institutes the faculty buildings are not accessible to disabled students. By Emma Browne
Two women who were violently raped in the west of Ireland had to endure a nightmare journey and a wait of several hours for forensic examination because of "a crisis" in the provision of statutory resources.
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