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Disability (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2016: Second Stage

Dail Eireann Tuesday, 31 January 2017 Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy Finian McGrath): I move: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time." I am delighted to present this Bill to the House, the purpose of which is to amend a range of legislation so that Ireland is in a position to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The enactment of the Bill will strengthen the position of people in this section of society even further. I have long been a supporter of rights for persons with disabilities and ratification of this convention is one my own [...]

2017-05-29T15:41:21+00:00January 31st, 2017|Disability|

Investigation into the Stardust Tragedy

DÁIL ÉIREANN Sitting Time: 18:50 Sitting Date: 25/01/2017 Establishment of Commission of Investigation into the Stardust Tragedy: Motion [Private Members] Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy Finian McGrath): I thank the Leas-Cheann Comhairle for giving me the opportunity to address this very important debate.  Next month marks the 36th anniversary of one of the worst tragedies in Irish history that claimed the lives of 48 young people who went out to celebrate St. Valentine's Day but never came home.  For as long as I have been involved in politics, both locally and nationally, I have worked with the Stardust survivors and their families to bring [...]

2017-05-29T15:04:09+00:00January 25th, 2017|Local Issues|

Minister Finian McGrath opens new premises of the Kerry Branch of Down Syndrome Ireland in Tralee

The Minister of State with special responsibility for Disabilities, Finian McGrath TD, today officially opened the new premises of the Kerry Branch of Down Syndrome Ireland in Tralee. The Minister said, “Through dedication of its committee, the Kerry Branch of Down Syndrome Ireland is a vibrant organisation which provides support to over 260 members and their families throughout Kerry, providing vital services such as speech and language therapy and occupational therapy to all service users in various locations throughout the county”. The new premises will enable Down Syndrome Ireland to provide group courses, meetings, parent and toddler groups and youth groups and will become the hub for administration throughout the [...]

2017-06-22T13:17:32+00:00January 11th, 2017|Archive, Disability, National Issues|
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