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Publication of the Devine and Resilience Reports

Minister of State with special responsibility for Disabilities, Finian McGrath, TD, today (28th February 2017) welcomed the publication by the HSE of the Devine and Resilience reports into certain issues relating to a former foster home in the South East. This follows the Minister’s request to the HSE to engage with An Garda Síochána with a view to the publication of the reports without any further delay. “From the outset, I have been mindful that at the heart of this matter is the care of vulnerable people who have relied on the State to look out for their best interests and our concerns that this care has not been of [...]

2017-05-29T14:53:53+00:00February 28th, 2017|Disability, National Issues|

Minister McGrath opens a new service for people with autism in Glasnevin

  Minister of State with special responsibility for Disabilities, Finian McGrath TD, today (Thursday 23rd February 2017), opened Botanic Horizons, a new service for people with autism, in the heart of Dublin’s Northside. Botanic Horizons is a service run by Autism Initiatives (ASDI). It is situated on Botanic Avenue, near the picturesque Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin. The building is an old HSE building which has been renovated and updated into a very modern centre for service users. Seven staff are employed at Botanic Horizons and the service provides day services and community outreach support for adults. Autism Initiatives Ireland (Autism Spectrum Disorder Initiatives ASDI) offer person centred services which tailor [...]

2017-05-29T14:58:08+00:00February 23rd, 2017|Disability, Local Issues|

EmployAbility Galway’s #100jobs campaign

  Minister of State with special responsibility for Disabilities, Finian McGrath TD, today (20th February 2017), visited EmployAbility Galway to announce the results of its #100jobs campaign. EmployAbility Galway is one of the 23 organisations that operate the EmployAbility service throughout the State. The EmployAbility service is a national employment and recruitment service dedicated to improving employment outcomes for job seekers with a disability.  It is based on the ethos that participation in employment can be achieved by people with a disability when they are able to avail of individualised supports that are based on their choices and preferences. The #100jobs campaign was launched by EmployAbility Galway in June of [...]

2017-05-29T14:59:30+00:00February 20th, 2017|Disability, Jobs|

Regarding the 2017 National Service Plan provision of Personal Assistance & Home Support Hours

Statement from Minister Finian McGrath regarding the 2017 National Service Plan provision of Personal Assistance & Home Support Hours Minister McGrath wishes to clarify the position regarding the 2017 National Service Plan provision of Personal Assistance & Home Support hours. The Personal Assistance target for 2017 is 1.4 million funded hours an increase of 100,000 hours over the 2016 target of 1.3 million hours. The Home Support target for 2017 is 2.75 million hours an increase of 150,000 hours over the 2016 target of 2.6 million hours. This is being supported by an additional budget of €5.5 million. PA/Home Support hours activity in 2016 is running at 500,000 hours over [...]

2017-05-29T15:01:12+00:00February 14th, 2017|Uncategorised|

Task Force on Personalised Budgets – FAQs

The Task Force on Personalised Budgets has produced a Frequently Asked Questions document to assist members of the public to understand the key issues around personalised budgets and the work of the Task Force itself. The FAQ document is available on the Department of Health website here: http://health.gov.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/FAQs-TF-on-Personalised-Budgets.pdf Further information of the Task Force is available here: http://health.gov.ie/disabilities/task-force-on-personalised-budgets/

2017-05-29T15:25:39+00:00February 10th, 2017|Disability, National Issues|

Opening speech on Disability (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2016

Disability (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2016 Dáil Éireann Opening Speech 31 January 2017 Statement by Finian McGrath TD, Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Disability Issues A Cheann Comhairle, I am delighted to present this Bill to the House today, the purpose of which is to amend a number of pieces of legislation so that Ireland is in a position to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  The members of the House will know that I have long been a supporter of rights for persons with disabilities and the enactment of this Bill, which will allow us to ratify the Convention, will strengthen the [...]

2017-05-29T15:28:15+00:00February 1st, 2017|Disability|
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