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Latest Press Releases
Disability and Carers Groups secure commitment from Ministers Foley and Madigan
05 Mar 2021
Groups highlighted to Ministers members anger and disappointment at being left behind in the return-to-mainstream school plan
No consultation on changes to school re-opening plan that will negatively affect 20,000 children with additional needs
23 Feb 2021
Thousands of children with additional education needs ‘completely dropped’ from school re-opening agenda
18 Feb 2021
Groups waiting over a month for a meeting with Minister Foley while parents and children with additional educational needs left in the dark.
Adults with Down syndrome struggle with isolation and job losses as a result of Covid-19
12 Feb 2021
Down syndrome Ireland (DSI) and charity partners MACE, Ireland’s longest established convenience retailer, have launched a national fundraising campaign to support adults with Down syndrome…
Partial return to special education ‘a mixed day’ for families
11 Feb 2021
Seven leading advocacy organisations sees a partial return to special education for a limited number of students, as a mixed day for families.
Disability groups ‘cautiously’ welcome partial reopening of special education
02 Feb 2021
Four leading advocacy organisations representing children with special educational needs and their families, AsIAm, Down Syndrome Ireland, Family Carers Ireland and Inclusion Ireland, have cautiously…
Disability and Family Carer groups call on Government and unions to re-engage on special education
20 Jan 2021
Down Syndrome Ireland along with three other leading advocacy organisations representing children with special educational needs and their families, AsIAm, Inclusion Ireland and Family Carers Ireland,…
Children with disabilities and their families ‘almost completely forgotten’ in schools’ row
19 Jan 2021
Disability and Family Carer groups have appealed for the interests of vulnerable children to be prioritised, and for the Government and education stakeholders to re-engage…
Government announcement on phased return to school for students with special educational needs welcomed
15 Jan 2021
Yesterday, the Government announced its commitment to a return to school for children in special schools and primary school special classes, as well as some…
Disability and Family Carer groups welcome Government announcement on phased return to school
14 Jan 2021
Announcement will come as a huge relief to children with SEN and their families
Disability and Family Carer groups welcome Fórsa announcement on resumption of in-school services on a phased basis
13 Jan 2021
Announcement is positive signal – but remaining hurdles must be cleared urgently.
Disability and Family Carer groups welcome commitment to prioritise re-opening of schools for students with special educational needs
11 Jan 2021
Commitments must now be matched by urgent delivery, say representative organisations.
Families ‘devastated’ over special schools u-turn
08 Jan 2021
Disability groups seek urgent meeting with Minister Foley.
Government announcement on special schools and classes, but leaves majority of students behind
07 Jan 2021
A majority, 10,000 students, with special educational needs attend mainstream classes, and will not be catered for.
Leading Disability Groups say complete withdrawal of educational support services would be “intolerable”
05 Jan 2021
Representatives seek a meeting with Minister over potential further school closures.
20th Anniversary of Tour de Munster charity cycle
09 Dec 2020
20th Anniversary of Tour de Munster charity cycle raises 340k for Munster Branches of Down Syndrome Ireland and Individual Beneficiaries.
Students with additional needs face new challenges during COVID-19
02 Dec 2020
A survey conducted by three of the leading disability advocacy organisations in the State, Inclusion Ireland, Down Syndrome Ireland and AsIAm, has found that whilst…
Rugby star launches 21 Day Fundraising Challenge in aid of DSI
02 Nov 2020
Conor Murray has been announced as new Down Syndrome Ireland ambassador Rugby star launches 21 Day Fundraising Challenge in aid of DSI
Sixth Annual Woodie’s Heroes Campaign raises €415,567 for Charity Partners
23 Oct 2020
The Sixth Annual Woodie’s Heroes Campaign raises €415,567 for Down Syndrome Ireland, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland and ISPCC Childline. Far exceeding the fundraising…
Budget 2021 – Down Syndrome Ireland broadly welcomes increased funding for disability supports
13 Oct 2020
Down Syndrome Ireland broadly welcomes the increased funding for disability supports announced in today’s Budget but says it is keen to see how this funding…
DSI’s Pre-Budget Submission 2021
09 Oct 2020
Did you know that Ireland – even before this awful pandemic - is currently the worst country in western Europe to have a disability?
Sweet inspiration – a new take on a much loved fundraiser!
14 Sep 2020
HB Ice Cream Sunday will take place on Sunday, 20th September, with HB alongside Down Syndrome Ireland encouraging you to join in the sweet, treat…
Ultra-Cycling Charity Challenge
31 Jul 2020
A group of adventurers will take on the ultimate challenge of cycling a whopping 1,900 kilometers across 32 counties in Ireland in just six days…
20th annual Tour de Munster taking to the road this August
16 Jul 2020
This August, the Tour de Munster charity cycle is celebrating its 20th anniversary and will set out on its most important tour yet in order…
Dust off your dancing shoes and Dance4DSI this Sunday June 21st
17 Jun 2020
On Sunday, June 21st Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI) is inviting households, neighbours and communities to join them for Ireland’s biggest street dance and Dance4DSI to…
Whiskey lovers raise €13,000 in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland and Foyle Down Syndrome Trust
05 Jun 2020
For the 2nd year in a row, whiskey enthusiasts around Ireland have raised a whopping €13,400 in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland and Foyle Down Syndrome…
DSI welcomes revised Covid-19 critical care guidance
01 May 2020
Down Syndrome Ireland along with other advocacy groups recently raised concerns that the critical care guidance released by the Department of Health was unclear and…
Ireland fans to quiz Stephen Kenny and Niall Quinn in Down Syndrome Ireland/FAI show
24 Apr 2020
Some of Ireland’s biggest football fans will get the chance to quiz new Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny and World Cup legend Niall Quinn…
Down Syndrome Ireland outlines concerns on Department of Health COVID-19 guidance
15 Apr 2020
The Department of Health has recently published new guidance on the ‘Ethical Considerations Relating to Critical Care in the context of COVID-19’. Down Syndrome Ireland, along…
DSI co-signs a document on Ireland’s obligations under the UNCRPD
15 Apr 2020
Down Syndrome Ireland has co-signed a document on the rights of people with disabilities during the COVID-19 period. The statement calls on the government to adhere…
Help celebrate this World Down Syndrome Day by rocking lots of socks!
20 Mar 2020
With so many of us stuck at home self-isolating and social distancing during this most difficult time, Down Syndrome Ireland is asking people to help…
Lusso Tan and Down Syndrome Ireland encourage busy mums to #Take15Minutes this Mother’s Day
02 Mar 2020
As business women and mothers, the trio of sisters behind the luxury tanning brand, Lusso Tan, together with Down Syndrome Ireland, hope to give the…
HB Fundays Campaign raises over €250,000 for Down Syndrome Ireland
28 Oct 2019
More than 250 families of babies and young children with Down syndrome have been directly supported thanks to funds raised as part of this year’s…
New ‘Not Just a Princess’ book released in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland
23 Oct 2019
A new book for children released today featuring a Special Olympics athlete with Down syndrome.
HB Hazelbrook Farm Ice Cream Fundays Party at Leinster House
04 Jul 2019
Senator John Dolan and several politicians were joined by children from Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI) and their parents at Leinster House, to enjoy some ice cream…
Tour de Munster charity cycle 2019
28 Jun 2019
Celebrating its 19th year this August, the annual Tour de Munster charity cycle will once again take to the roads of Munster from August 8th…
The Millennial of the Year
25 Jul 2018
Irish rugby millennials Dan Leavy, Rory Scannell and Rory O'Loughlin and TV3 Xposé reporter Remy Naidoo were on hand to launch Ireland’s newest national fundraising…
DSI reaction to the launch of the Personalised Budgets Taskforce Report on Disability Services
19 Jul 2018