Monday, March 27, 2017
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This issue has a number of articles on the upcoming spring election. Politicians will be falling over themselves trying to convince constituents to vote for them, on the basis that they have the best contribution to make for our collective wellbeing. Their promises will be breathtaking but worth very little—as the nation knows from countless past elections.

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Stephen Kealy, Editor

Stephen Kealy

Family is an essential fabric of who we are—understandings forged in so many conscious and unconscious interactions—an environment where we are engaged and given opportunities to experience warmth and tenderness—where children are challenged and they, in turn, challenge. Trust is burnished by active reciprocal engagement and its calibration reflects the many-layered nuances of family life. Such simple understandings as respect, warmth, looking out for one another, sharing, expressions of concern; while not taken for granted, these are recognised as vitally important to the human condition, and their absence is equally recognisable...

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by Stephen Kealy

Stephen Kealy

Intellectual disability is a well-researched field of study, generating a considerable number of references in any Google search. What is always challenging is converting research to practice. There is also considerable work completed on the added value to the person with an intellectual disability moving from institutional settings to live in the community, as well as the importance of keeping housing solutions—as far as possible—individualised, to maximise the benefits for the person. Yet some services supported by the HSE have paid insufficient attention to what is known to work for people seeking a better life with all the added benefits for their health and wellbeing...