Disability

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Ireland's controversial wardship system will be ended by June 2022 under plans set out by ministers today. The government has announced that the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 will be amended before being commenced in full by June 2022.

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Disabled voters can lawfully be required to enter polling places through a back entrance, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has ruled. In a "disappointing" ruling yesterday, the court said polling places and election procedures in Europe need to be accessible for disabled people, but access

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The Irish Prison Service (IPS) has withdrawn its appeal of a significant High Court judgment which found that the service must provide reasonable accommodation to disabled prison officers. The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission provided legal representation to Robert Cunningham in taking the

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The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission will give evidence to the Supreme Court in a case with implications for the application of the equality guarantee in social welfare matters. The case concerns a father who was deemed ineligible for domiciliary care allowance while his severely disabled

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Barry Walsh, head of Fieldfisher Ireland's employment department, comments on a recent case involving disability discrimination. Employers are often asked by employees to provide references for future would-be employers or for internal promotion competitions. Many employers are reluctant to do so an

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Cork lawyer Dr Sinead Kane has been named as one of 20 finalists in the JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) programme in recognition of her personal accomplishments. Dr Kane is a keynote speaker, double PhD doctorate, double Guinness World Record holder, lecturer on disability

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A cinema chain has settled a disability discrimination claim brought by a woman who uses a wheelchair with support from the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland. Leah Batchelor is a user of the CEA card scheme, which allows people who need additional support in public to receive an additional co

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Children with disabilities are being excluded from consultations on laws, policies and programmes affecting them, a new report has found. Researchers at NUI Galway School of Law and the Institute for Lifecourse and Society have found "several instances whereby children with disabilities have not had

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A 200-year-old law preventing wards of court from marrying has been repealed following a legal challenge. The Marriage of Lunatics Act 1811 was repealed on Monday through the commencement of section 7(1) of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015.

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The government has published a consultation draft of Ireland's first state report under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which was ratified by the State in 2018. The report describes how each article of the Convention is being implemented in Ireland and notes significant

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