Dublin Bay North Childcare providers can avail of new funding

Dublin Bay North childcare providers can apply for support from a new national €4m fund, according to Independent TD for Dublin Bay North, Minister Finian McGrath. Minister McGrath said the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, informed him that local crèches, community services and other childcare providers can apply for money for new places, maintenance and outdoor play areas. Minister Zappone says individual childcare centres can receive funding of up to €50,000 under the 2017 Early Years Capital Funding Scheme. Minister McGrath welcomed the announcement saying: "More capital investment in childcare has been badly needed for some time now. I encourage childcare providers in the area to [...]

2017-05-29T14:49:06+00:00March 21st, 2017|Local Issues|

Minister Finian McGrath welcomes Oireachtas approval for establishment of Commission of Investigation

  Minister of State for Disabilities, Finian McGrath TD, has welcomed the approval given today (9th March) by both Houses of the Oireachtas to the draft Order establishing a Commission of Investigation into the care and protection of Grace (pseudonym) and others in a former foster home in the South East, which has been the subject of abuse allegations. The Minister said “every person in the protection of the State is entitled to expect and receive care of the highest standard and to live in dignity and safety. The very least that Grace and the other vulnerable people who resided in the foster home deserve is a Commission of Investigation [...]

2017-05-29T15:41:07+00:00March 10th, 2017|Disability, National Issues|

Medical cards for children on Domiciliary Care Allowance

Minister for Health Simon Harris together with Minister Finian McGrath today published the Health (Amendment) Bill which means that 9,800 children in receipt of a Domiciliary Care Allowance (DCA), who have a disability, will receive a full medical card. Commenting Minister Harris said; “I’m really pleased to be publishing this Bill today. There are 33,000 parents who receive DCA for their children, but 9,800 of these children currently do not have a full medical card. This Bill rights this wrong and I hope it will of assistance and relieve some of the stress these families experience. I would especially like to acknowledge the trojan work done by Our Children’s Health [...]

2017-05-29T14:54:17+00:00March 2nd, 2017|Disability, National Issues|
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