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 older people, persons with a disability and certain categories of people with mental health issues to ensure that they are not unlawfully deprived of their liberty in residential facilities. This public consultation is being carried out in order to help inform the next draft of the legislation which will be submitted to Government for approval [...]
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 in Ireland’s process for ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. He will be asking the Government to approve publication of these provisions on Deprivation of Liberty for public consultation. The Deprivation of Liberty provisions are intended to provide safeguards for older people, persons with a disability and certain categories of [...]
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 fund is to put people with disabilities at the heart of service delivery and supports, enabling them to lead self-directed lives in the community. This is in line with my philosophy since being appointed Minister – that the person with the disability is at the very centre of our focus of attention.The Service Reform Fund [...]
Here's a video update on the Task Force on Personalised Budgets, which I set up in September 2016.
MCGRATH GETS GREEN LIGHT FOR NEW €40 MILLION ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT AT BEAUMONT HOSPITAL Minister Finian McGrath has confirmed that he has got the green light for the construction of a new €40 million Accident and Emergency Department at Beaumont Hospital. Finian has been in detailed discussions with the Department of Health, HSE and Beaumont Hospital for the last few weeks. “This new Department is great news for patients, the staff and for the Northside of Dublin” said McGrath. “It’s also a fantastic project for the future of our Health Service “ said the Northside Minister. He also confirmed that the budget of €100,000 will be made available [...]
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 deafened citizens. Minister McGrath was keen to highlight that the bill also included funding for access to cultural life. Minister McGrath thanked his colleagues in Seanad Eireann on what was a historic day for the Irish deaf community. The Bill enjoyed cross party support after comprehensive engagement with members of the deaf community. A special [...]
Statements on the National Disability Inclusion Strategy Seanad Éireann, 26 September 2017 Opening remarks by Finian Mc Grath, Minister of State for Disability Thank you a Chathaoirligh for the opportunity to speak to the House this evening about the work that is underway on implementation of the New National Disability Inclusion Strategy 2017 – 2021 which I published on 14 July and the range of related initiatives, including in the employment sphere, that are underway at present. Through eight key themes, consisting of some 114 actions, the Strategy seeks to significantly improve the lives of people with disabilities in a practical sense, and also in creating the best possible opportunities [...]
Ministers Doherty and McGrath announce the launch of the Ability programme, a €10 million pre-activation programme for young people with disabilities The Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, TD, together with the Minister of State with special responsibility for Disabilities, Finian McGrath, TD, today (18th September 2017) announced the launch of a new pre-activation programme for young people with disabilities called “Ability”. Attending the launch was Jerry Murphy, Deputy CEO of Pobal, who will be managing the programme on behalf of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. The funding for this programme will amount to some €10 million over a three year period and is [...]
This week I received a Delegation Order from Minister Regina Doherty outlining my ministerial duties in the Dept of Social Protection. As stated in the letter these duties are unchanged from those delegation by the previous minister in this department, Leo Varadkar. I look forward to working with Minister Doherty on this issues.