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Ministers Doherty and McGrath announce funding of €16 million for 27 Projects under ‘Ability’ Programme for young people with disabilities

Ministers Doherty and McGrath announce funding of €16 million for 27 Projects under ‘Ability’ Programme for young people with disabilities The Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, T.D., together with the Minister of State with special responsibility for Disabilities, Finian McGrath, T.D., today (1st of June 2018) announced funding of €16 million for [...]

2018-06-01T22:34:50+00:00 June 1st, 2018|Disability, Jobs, National Issues|

Minister McGrath speaks out on inappropriate use of Posters

Speaking after the Autism Conference in Croke Park this morning, Minister of State with special responsibility for Disabilities, Finian McGrath TD, said, “that children with Down Syndrome should not be used in this debate especially not in posters in the same way any children shouldn’t  be in poster for a Referendum campaign”.    He also [...]

2018-05-28T14:28:14+00:00 May 14th, 2018|Disability, National Issues|

Government announces funding to Improve the Homes of Older People and People with a Disability

Today the Government announced that €66.25 million will be made available in 2018 for Housing Adaptations for Older People and People with a Disability living in private houses.  This investment will facilitate changes needed to make homes suitable for a person with a physical, sensory/intellectual disability or mental health difficulty, to enable older people and people with [...]

2018-05-04T15:11:12+00:00 May 4th, 2018|Disability, National Issues|

Locations announced for €10m National Respite Programme

Finian McGrath TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for Disabilities, today announced where new respite facilities will be located nationally to support people with disabilities and their families. The Minister said, “This Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater [...]

2018-05-03T13:57:16+00:00 May 3rd, 2018|Disability, National Issues|

Minister Finian McGrath travels to New York to officially mark Ireland’s ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Independent Alliance Minister of State with responsibility for Disabilities, Finian McGrath, will officially mark Ireland’s ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the United Nations in New York today. The ratification of the UN Convention took place in the Dáil last month. Now Minister McGrath is delivering the formal [...]

2018-05-03T13:15:47+00:00 April 19th, 2018|Disability, National Issues|

Ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

  The Minister of State for Disability Issues, Finian McGrath T.D., today welcomed the decision of Dáil Éireann to approve the terms of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) “Today marks a key moment, not only for people living with a disability, but also for their families, friends [...]

2018-04-19T00:13:44+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Disability, National Issues|

Recognition of Irish Sign Language Bill 2016 – Speech

Recognition of Irish Sign Language Bill 2016 Dáil Second Stage Minister of State with special responsibility for Disability Issues Finian McGrath TD 14 December 2017 Thank you [Chair].  Can I say at the outset that I am delighted to be here again and delighted that we have been able to achieve a consensus on this [...]

2017-12-14T17:00:22+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Disability, National Issues|

Additional €10m for Respite Care Services

Minister McGrath secures an additional €10 million for respite care service. 12 December 2017 Minister of State with special responsibility for Disability Issues, Finian McGrath TD, today (12th December 2017) announced the securing of an additional €10 million for respite care. €8 million will provide for nine new dedicated houses for respite in each Community [...]

2017-12-12T16:40:04+00:00 December 12th, 2017|Disability, National Issues|

Public Consultation on Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards now open

Ministers Harris and McGrath announce opening of a Public Consultation on Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Minister for Health, Simon Harris, TD, and Minister of State for Disability Issues, Finian McGrath, TD, today announced the opening of a public consultation on draft legislation relating to deprivation of liberty. The draft legislative provisions outline proposed safeguards for [...]

2017-12-11T16:32:00+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Disability, National Issues|

Statement on Ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Statement by Minister McGrath on Ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 03 December 2017 The Minister for Disabilities,  Finian  McGrath  TD,  announced today on International Day of Persons with Disabilities that he will submit draft legislation to Government next week (Tuesday 5 December) which is a very significant milestone [...]

2017-12-03T21:37:05+00:00 December 3rd, 2017|Disability, National Issues|
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