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14,000 additional carers are now eligible for free GP Care

Minister for Health, Simon Harris, and Minister of State for Disabilities, Finian McGrath, joined carers Moira Skelly and Rosemary Kratzchmer (both from Dublin) today at Bewley's on Grafton Street to encourage carers to register for their free GP Visit Cards at www.mymedicalcard.ie. From 1st September 2018 onwards, an additional 14,000 carers will be eligible for free GP [...]

2018-09-03T13:09:04+00:00September 3rd, 2018|Disability, National Issues|

€775,000 allocated for disability projects under the Dormant Accounts Action Plan 2018

Minister Mc Grath warmly welcomed funding of €775,000 specifically for disability projects, noting that “the measures approved in this Action Plan will put in place a number of supports to provide equality of opportunity for people with disabilities and their families, and improve the quality of their lives.” Summary of Dormant Account Measures National Survey [...]

2018-07-18T12:03:30+00:00July 18th, 2018|Disability, National Issues|

Minister McGrath launches the report of the Task Force on Personalised Budgets

Minister McGrath today published the Report of the Task Force on Personalised Budgets "Towards Personalised Budgets for People with a Disability in Ireland". The report sets out how personalised budgets could work as a funding mechanism for people with a disability, providing them with greater choice and control over the services and supports they receive. [...]

2018-07-17T20:09:58+00:00July 17th, 2018|Disability, National Issues|

14,000 Additional Carers to Receive Free GP Care

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris and the Minister of State for Disabilities, Finian McGrath have today (Thursday) welcomed the fact that following the passing of the Health (General Practitioner Service) Bill 2018 last night 14,000 additional Carers are now to receive Free GP Care. The Bill means that those in receipt of either full [...]

2018-07-12T15:13:35+00:00July 12th, 2018|Disability, National Issues|

€14million approved under the Disabled Persons Grant Scheme

Finian McGrath announces approval of €14million under the Disabled Persons Grant Scheme Minister for Disabilities, Finian McGrath today announced funding of €14m to help elderly people and those with disabilities continue living in the comfort of their own homes. This marks a €2m increase on the funding that was allocated in 2017. The Disabled Persons [...]

2018-07-02T14:24:21+00:00July 2nd, 2018|Disability, National Issues|

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+00:00June 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+00:00May 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+00:00May 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+00:00May 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+00:00April 19th, 2018|Disability, National Issues|
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