Friday, November 24, 2017


Editorial: Leadership – People with Intellectual Disabilities are doing it for themselves.

It’s April, and the overcoat is off (not the jacket, just the overcoat, thanks). Welcome to the Leadership issue of Frontline. More and more, people are taking to public locations and services to make their voice heard where it matters. Joanne O’Riordan’s eloquent and lucid highlighting of life for a person living with disability as we approach the 3rd decade...

Ageing and Intellectual Disability: Editorial January 2017

Positive Ageing
The theme of this Issue of Frontline is Ageing and Intellectual Disability. The international age profile is changing, leading to a projected doubling of the world’s population in the over-60s age cohort over the next 35 years (WHO, 2015). It is also estimated that the next two decades will see a greater proportional increase in the intellectual disability population over...

Editorial: Parents with an Intellectual Disability

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The theme of this issue of Frontline is Parents with an Intellectual Disability. Parents with an intellectual disability tend to be invisible to support agencies—up to the time that some concerns are raised about their parenting capacity. That is more likely to emerge in child care proceedings taken by the Child and Family Agency, which has a statutory remit to...

Frontline Editorial – Personal Control and Dignity for All

Ah, Summer. Ireland’s annual dull, warm July has kicked in, and everyone is a little brighter, even if the sky isn’t always. For some it’s the football, for others it’s the garden. And in a memorable year such as this, where we have lost so many of our most cherished stars and entertainers, we said goodbye (temporarily at least),...

Frontline Editorial – The duty of government towards a just society

This issue of Frontline is published in the month of the one hundred-year celebration of the Easter Rising. It is also published after an indecisive general election – leading to a huge amount of discussion between political representatives. It has also coincided with considerable voiced social unrest arising from the homelessness, housing, disability, and public health crises, to mention...

Editorial: Election Promises – Meaningful or Hollow?

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.

Editorial: Social Networking, Equality and Justice

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The communications landscape has changed, and continues to evolve, sometimes at breathtaking pace.  No sooner had email arrived than it became the standard written medium for business. Personal email followed swiftly, and the handwritten letter is now an artform.  We expect letters to arrive instantly as opposed to over the period of up to a week. The marvel of the...

Editorial – Holidays and having fun – July 2015

Stephen Kealy
There is nothing like the sun to encourage people to wear bright clothes, go to the sea side, have fun - to do all those things only thought about during wet, dreary and cold winter weather. Part of the enjoyment of holidays is thinking about exotic places to visit with family and friends.


Stephen Kealy
Consumer protection is valued by any person purchasing a product or service, and the supporting legislation is robust. Essentially, consumer legislation is there to protect the public from shoddy goods, services and practices...


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...