/2017

Launch of book by Mr. Paul Alford

Launch of book by Mr. Paul Alford Tuesday September 26th 2017 Good evening ladies and gentlemen and at the outset let me say how delighted I am to have been asked to be here with you this evening at the launch of Paul’s book. As many of you will know, the Department of Health has, for several years, been involved in a reform programme for disability services. Paul Alford is a classic example of this reform working properly. As a Government we must change how disability services are funded and provided. We must aim to shift choice and control from professionals and administrators to where it rightfully belongs – the [...]

2017-09-26T16:00:53+00:00September 26th, 2017|Disability|

Statements on the National Disability Inclusion Strategy – Seanad Éireann

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 [...]

2017-09-26T18:36:45+00:00September 26th, 2017|Disability, Jobs, National Issues|

Launch of €10m Ability programme for young people with disabilities

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 [...]

2017-09-19T16:17:05+00:00September 19th, 2017|Disability, National Issues|

Update on Clontarf to City Centre Cycleway – Fairview Trees

A lot of people have contacted me about the planned removal of trees adjacent to Fairview Park. I want to say from the very outset I was opposed to the removal of these trees and have worked to this end alongside my colleague Cllr Damian O’Farrell who made this point at all relevant meetings with Dublin City Council. In our written submission to Dublin City Council last March, while supporting the cycle track, we opposed the removal of these trees as we felt their removal was unnecessary considering the adjacent space inside Fairview Park for the cycle track.   Last February Cllr O’Farrell and I distributed over 3000 leaflets in [...]

2017-08-11T19:54:02+00:00August 11th, 2017|Local Issues|

Delegation of Ministerial Functions (DoSP)

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.

2017-07-26T13:44:45+00:00July 26th, 2017|Disability, National Issues|

Irish Men’s Sheds Association: malehealth.ie

Minister of State for Disability Issues, Finian McGrath T.D., was honoured to return to his political roots at Dublin City Hall, where he first elected as a councillor in 1999, to speak at the launch of malehealth.ie, an important website designed by the Irish Men’s Sheds Association. This is an organisation that encourages openness through shared activity and socialising as a method for improving men’s physical and mental health. The website is an easy to use resource that looks to erase the stigma surrounding being a man and seeking proper medical care. The Minister pointed out in his address that “research suggests that compared to women, men have limited contact [...]

2017-07-20T17:13:49+00:00July 20th, 2017|National Issues|

Minister of State Finian McGrath TD launches the National Disability Inclusion Strategy 2017-2021

Minister of State Finian McGrath launches the National Disability Inclusion Strategy 2017-2021 14 July 2017 The Minister for Disabilities, Finian McGrath T.D., today launched the new National Disability Inclusion Strategy 2017-2021.  The development of the Strategy involved a comprehensive public consultation process, including two rounds of regional public meetings and engagement with the Disability Sector. In launching the Strategy, Minister McGrath said that: “This is an all of Government Strategy which is aimed at significantly improving the lives of people with disabilities in a practical sense, and also in creating the best possible opportunities for people with disabilities to fulfil their potential.” Arising from the consultation process, eight themes were identified as [...]

2017-07-15T11:06:48+00:00July 14th, 2017|Disability, National Issues|

Update on Seawall (James Larkin Road/Clontarf Road), associated S2S/Cycleway Project and Recent Flooding in this Area

Dear Resident Thank you for previously contacting me regarding the seawall between the Wooden Bridge and Causeway Road (James Larkin Road/Clontarf Road). I wish to now provide you with the latest update and am attaching for your attention the recent Part 8 advertisement from DCC regarding the matter of reducing the seawall height, and I would invite you to read this advertisement and be assured that I am monitoring matters closely and will be supporting this proposed reduction..  This seawall height reduction proposal is the culmination of a period of hard work and public pressure supported by you, and I want to acknowledge this to you and also the work [...]

2017-07-13T14:57:57+00:00July 13th, 2017|Local Issues|

Jobs Section: Ronan Shaw

Mr Shaw is seeking employment in the area of Ag Science. He is eminently qualified and his exam results indicate that he would be a great hire. His CV is here: Ronan Shaw CV  

2017-07-08T11:11:49+00:00July 8th, 2017|Jobs|
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