Key Achievements

Key Achievements 2018 was a significant year for people with disabilities, most remarkably the ratification earlier this year of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), according to Minister for Disabilities Finian McGrath. The convention which was signed back in 2007, now ensures that there is a commitment to secure equal rights and equal treatment of people with disabilities. “This was a historic moment for disability rights in Ireland and I'm proud to say that I delivered on this commitment in less than two years as Minister for Disabilities.” Other key achievements this year included the addition of an extra 14,000 free [...]

2018-12-21T13:32:56+00:00December 21st, 2018|Disability, National Issues|

National Service Plan 2019

National Service Plan 2019 Minister for Disabilities Finian McGrath T.D. today welcomed the publication of the HSE National Service Plan for 2019. Minister McGrath said “HSE Disability Services focus on supporting and enabling people with disabilities to maximise their full potential as independently as possible. I welcome the extra funding secured for disability services in the 2019 Service Plan, which brings the spend on disability services in 2019 to close to €1.925bn. We have achieved a lot in 2018.  Notably, twelve new respite houses were funded, with ten fully operational and the final two to open in Q1 of 2019. In a full year these houses will [...]

2018-12-21T15:52:46+00:00December 20th, 2018|Uncategorised|

Summer Works Projects for Schools in 2019

Summer Works Projects for Schools in 2019 Funding of more than €40 million for Summer Works projects in 2019 was announced today. This €40 million investment secures money for schools to upgrade windows, meet curricular requirements and make structural improvements to buildings. 14 schools in Minister Finian McGrath's constituency were included in the funding. The work will be carried out in schools mainly over the summer months to minimise disruption to students, teachers and other staff. Today, Minister McGrath said: Delighted to hear from my Cabinet colleague, Minister Joe McHugh that 14 schools in the constituency will be included in the Summer Works projects in 2019. The school [...]

2018-12-21T13:47:31+00:00December 17th, 2018|Local Issues|

Minister McGrath marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Minister of State with special responsibility for disabilities, Finian McGrath TD, today marked International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Since 1992, 3rd December has been annually observed as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The theme of this year's day is “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”. “The theme of the day is in keeping with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”, the Minister said. “Ratification was a key commitment in the Programme for Government and I was pleased to be able to deliver on that commitment earlier this year”, he added. The day of celebration is being marked by the [...]

2018-12-19T22:10:54+00:00December 3rd, 2018|Disability, National Issues|

New Medical Card Measures to Remove Barriers to Work for People with Disabilities

Minister for Health Simon Harris today (Friday) announced a significant improvement to the medical card assessment process which will enable persons in receipt of a Disability Allowance payment to have a greater earnings capacity and still retain their medical card. From the 1st December 2018, the medical card earnings disregard for persons in receipt of Disability Allowance will be significantly increased, from €120 to €427 per week and will apply to the assessment process for both single persons and to family assessments.  This increase of more than 250% means that the earnings of someone in receipt of Disability Allowance that can be disregarded under the medical card assessment process has [...]

2018-12-12T13:03:57+00:00November 30th, 2018|Disability, Jobs, National Issues|

New Affordable Childcare Scheme to Open for Applications in October 2019

Existing childcare subsidy schemes to remain in place for 2019/20 programme year, ensuring certainty for families and ‘continuity of care’ for children Comprehensive information and training supports to be rolled out from early 2019 offering a supported transition period for families and childcare providers Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, has announced that the new Affordable Childcare Scheme will open for applications in mid-October 2019, with payments flowing from November 2019. The scheme will offer a single, easy to access system of financial subsidies towards childcare for families in Ireland.  Through this, it will enhance affordability and accessibility, and provide a platform for investment in quality childcare [...]

2018-12-19T23:36:39+00:00November 8th, 2018|National Issues|

Bus Connects Submission from Finian McGrath T.D.

Bus Connects Dublin Area Bus Network Redesign National Transport Authority Dun Sceine, Harcourt Lane Dublin 2. 27th September 2018 BusConnects: A New Bus Network Dear Sir/Madam, In my capacity as a public representative I submitted a number of observations to you in respect of different bus and transport proposals as part of the public consultation phase of BusConnects. I’m aware that we are in a public consultation phase of a network redesign and there is no doubting the many positive elements of the proposals for public transport in Dublin City including substantial capital investment, transferable fares between Bus, Luas and Dart, much needed orbital routes and improved cycling facilities [...]

2018-12-20T15:37:00+00:00October 22nd, 2018|Disability, Local Issues|

Minister McGrath opens Antoine House, Residential Centre & Sli na Daoine

On the 19th October, 2018, Minister for Disabilities Finian Mc Grath T.D., officially opened Antoine House, and Sli na Daoine, at Drumillard, Castleblayney, Co.Monghan to support people with disabilities and their families  Officiating at the opening Minister Mc Grath stated “I want to thank all those who have worked tirelessly to make sure Antoine house and Sli na Daoine happened and opened.  A number of volunteers gave selflessly of their time and resources over the past 25 years to get these marvellous new buildings we see here today. Volunteers are one of the most valuable resources a community can have.  I am very pleased that I have been able to both build [...]

2018-12-19T23:40:29+00:00October 19th, 2018|Disability, National Issues|

Minister McGrath officially opens Windrock Respite Centre

The Minister for Disabilities Finian McGrath TD, today officially opened a new respite house in Co Wexford to support people with disabilities and their families. The Minister said, “This Government is committed to providing a range of accessible respite care supports for people with a disability, and their families. "I am acutely aware of the pressure on carers of people with disabilities who are often under tremendous strain to keep going. That is why I sought and secured an additional €10m for this year, to specifically enhance respite services”. The Minister pointed out that there are now eight new houses open across the country, with another four to open in [...]

2018-10-15T16:01:32+00:00October 15th, 2018|Disability, Local Issues, National Issues|

Ministers to meet with management of Lakers service next week after fire damage

The Minister for Health Simon Harris and Minister of State with special responsibility for disabilities Finian McGrath are to meet with management of the Lakers Service next week. Services for more than 400 people with special needs have been suspended due to the damage caused by a fire. On Friday, Minister Harris met with the management, staff and service users at the premises and offered his support to them .  "This is a very upsetting day for the community, most particularly for the people who rely on this vital service.  "I would encourage anyone who can assist with alternative venues or transport to please contact the local management. This is [...]

2018-11-23T15:24:52+00:00October 5th, 2018|Uncategorised|
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