Áras Attracta HIQA Overview report Statement from Minister with special responsibility for Disabilities, Finian McGrath T.D. I am deeply disappointed by the reports that have come out today regarding the lack of progress in improving the safety and quality of life for residents in Áras Attracta in Swinford, Co. Mayo. Like everyone in the country, I was shocked and dismayed by the revelations that came out in December 2014 about the appalling treatment of vulnerable residents at this centre. Since I became Minister with special responsibility for Disabilities, I have taken a close interest in the measures to improve the services at Áras Attracta. My priority is the delivery of [...]
The Minister of State with special responsibility for Disabilities, Finian McGrath TD, today announced a €4.5m fund to support the reform of disability services. The Minister said, “This Government’s objective is to deliver disability services that are person –centred, putting those who need supports at the centre of all our activities. The objective of this fund is to put people with disabilities at the heart of service delivery and supports, enabling them to lead self-directed lives in the community. This is in line with my philosophy since being appointed Minister – that the person with the disability is at the very centre of our focus of attention.The Service Reform Fund [...]
Statement on behalf of Minister Finian McGrath TD Dublin Bay North Constituency My only thoughts today are with the families of the victims of the terrible Stardust tragedy that took place 36 years ago. The tragedy was the biggest loss of life in a single incident in living memory in Ireland. Forty-eight people went out for a night of celebrations and never came home. To the extended families of those 48 young people – and the many others who were injured and traumatised by the event – they are foremost in my mind today. One of the commitments that was negotiated into the Programme for Government was to look seriously [...]
Here's a video update on the Task Force on Personalised Budgets, which I set up in September 2016.