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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|

Statement on Áras Attracta HIQA Overview report

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, [...]

2017-11-29T11:57:04+00:00 November 29th, 2017|Disability|

€4.5m fund to support the reform of disability services

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 [...]

2017-11-24T10:23:52+00:00 November 24th, 2017|Disability, National Issues|

Recognition of ISL for the Deaf Community Bill 2016

Minister McGrath welcomed the passage of the Recognition of ISL for the Deaf Community Bill 2016 through the Seanad yesterday. This important legislation, published by Senator Mark Daly, not only formally recognises ISL as a distinct language but provides for access to interpretation services and extra supports that are essential for deaf, hard of hearing and [...]

2017-10-19T12:20:53+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Disability, National Issues|
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