Minister of State with special responsibility for Disabilities, Finian McGrath TD, today (Thursday 23rd February 2017), opened Botanic Horizons, a new service for people with autism, in the heart of Dublin’s Northside. Botanic Horizons is a service run by Autism Initiatives (ASDI). It is situated on Botanic Avenue, near the picturesque Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin. The building is an old HSE building which has been renovated and updated into a very modern centre for service users. Seven staff are employed at Botanic Horizons and the service provides day services and community outreach support for adults. Autism Initiatives Ireland (Autism Spectrum Disorder Initiatives ASDI) offer person centred services which tailor [...]
DÁIL ÉIREANN Sitting Time: 18:50 Sitting Date: 25/01/2017 Establishment of Commission of Investigation into the Stardust Tragedy: Motion [Private Members] Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy Finian McGrath): I thank the Leas-Cheann Comhairle for giving me the opportunity to address this very important debate. Next month marks the 36th anniversary of one of the worst tragedies in Irish history that claimed the lives of 48 young people who went out to celebrate St. Valentine's Day but never came home. For as long as I have been involved in politics, both locally and nationally, I have worked with the Stardust survivors and their families to bring [...]
Deputy Finian McGrath (Ind) has strongly attacked Northside Politicians for their silence in recent months. “Where were these politicians during the Senior Citizens Medical Card row, the Cervical Cancer issue and the huge cuts in Education”? Said the Northside T.D. “Their silence was deafening when vulnerable people needed them most” added McGrath. Most of these T.Ds and Councillors stayed off the pitch during the tough times and now all of a sudden we see them again in the build-up to the local elections. Finian urged Northsiders to challenge them on the doors on how their parties voted in the Dail and in the Council? “Its time to end the old [...]
Deputy Finian McGrath has warmly welcomed the granting of Planning Permission for a new €297 million Independent Hospital at Beaumont. “This is a major investment on the Northside of Dublin” said McGrath. “It will create 500 new direct jobs and 780 indirect jobs. It will also provide 245 beds and on top of this they will assist the main hospital in funding and new services” added McGrath
Deputy Finian McGrath has come out strongly in favour of the new Cystic Fibrosis Unit at Beaumont Hospital. I totally support the recent planning application for the 6 new beds as part of the isolation facilities and wards for In-Patients. “We need these new services to commence and we need to move to the building phase in early 2009” said Deputy McGrath. He also commended the staff at Beaumont and also the families.