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|
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