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Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017

  JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS COMMISSION BILL 2017 DRAFT SPEECH FOR MINISTER OF STATE WITH RESPONSIBILITY FOR DISABILITY ISSUES FINIAN MCGRATH TD 28 JUNE 2017     Ceann Comhairle, I wish to welcome the introduction of the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017 to this House by Minister Flanagan. Radical reform of the current system of judicial appointments was a key demand of the Independent Alliance during last year’s government formation negotiations. The Programme for Government committed the Government to reforming that system to ensure that it is transparent, fair and credible and, with the introduction of this Bill, we are delivering on this promise. There has been a lot of debate, both [...]

2017-06-29T14:11:32+00:00June 29th, 2017|National Issues|

Health Research Board – National Disability Database Report Launch

Wednesday 21 June 2017 Minister of State for Disability Issues Finian McGrath TD visited St Michael's House on Wednesday 21 June 2017 for the launch of the National Disability Database Report. Speaking at the launch, the Minister said "This is an important piece of research for future planning, particularly for residential, respite and day care services" Minister McGrath met two disabled artists John Murphy & Olga Forde, whose work was featured on the report cover. Speaking at the launch Minister McGrath emphasised the importance of the arts in the disability community, as a tool for personal development in building confidence and self esteem. The two reports (featuring the aforementioned artwork) are [...]

2017-06-22T12:49:39+00:00June 22nd, 2017|Disability, National Issues|

Minister McGrath launches Acquired Brain Injury Ireland’s Research Report – “Getting my life reset – Living with an Acquired Brain Injury: The Irish experience”

Brian Hogan, who lives with Acquired Brain Injury, together with ABI Ireland CEO Barbara O’Connell and Finian McGrath, Minister of State for Disabilities at the launch of a report which tells the experiences of people who live with brain injury and how to improve rehabilitation. www.abiireland.iePhotography: Conor Healy / Picture It Photography Brian Hogan, who lives with Acquired Brain Injury. Minister for Disabilities Finian McGrath TD today officially launched Acquired Brain Injury Ireland’s Research Report “Getting my life reset – Living with an Acquired Brain Injury: The Irish experience”. The Minister paid tribute to the 15 participants in the research who live with an acquired brain [...]

2017-06-19T15:42:46+00:00June 19th, 2017|National Issues|

Minister McGrath officially opens new Dialysis Therapies Centre at Beaumont Hospital

  This morning (Thurs 1st June) the Minister of State with responsibility for Disability, Finian McGrath, T.D., officially opened the new Dialysis Therapies Centre in Beaumont Hospital - the new home for our outpatient Haemodialysis and Home Therapies services Since opening in February, the new Centre has increased capacity in the outpatient haemodialysis unit from 20 to 34 stations. This has allowed Beaumont to eliminate early morning and late night dialysis sessions, ensuring that patients are now dialysed during more social hours - between 7am to 11pm- improving their and their family’s quality of life and wellbeing. The Home Therapies department facilitates both peritoneal dialysis (PD) and home haemodialysis (HHD), [...]

2017-06-22T14:27:16+00:00June 1st, 2017|Local Issues|

Dublin Bay North Childcare providers can avail of new funding

Dublin Bay North childcare providers can apply for support from a new national €4m fund, according to Independent TD for Dublin Bay North, Minister Finian McGrath. Minister McGrath said the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, informed him that local crèches, community services and other childcare providers can apply for money for new places, maintenance and outdoor play areas. Minister Zappone says individual childcare centres can receive funding of up to €50,000 under the 2017 Early Years Capital Funding Scheme. Minister McGrath welcomed the announcement saying: "More capital investment in childcare has been badly needed for some time now. I encourage childcare providers in the area to [...]

2017-05-29T14:49:06+00:00March 21st, 2017|Local Issues|

Minister Finian McGrath welcomes Oireachtas approval for establishment of Commission of Investigation

  Minister of State for Disabilities, Finian McGrath TD, has welcomed the approval given today (9th March) by both Houses of the Oireachtas to the draft Order establishing a Commission of Investigation into the care and protection of Grace (pseudonym) and others in a former foster home in the South East, which has been the subject of abuse allegations. The Minister said “every person in the protection of the State is entitled to expect and receive care of the highest standard and to live in dignity and safety. The very least that Grace and the other vulnerable people who resided in the foster home deserve is a Commission of Investigation [...]

2017-05-29T15:41:07+00:00March 10th, 2017|Disability, National Issues|

Medical cards for children on Domiciliary Care Allowance

Minister for Health Simon Harris together with Minister Finian McGrath today published the Health (Amendment) Bill which means that 9,800 children in receipt of a Domiciliary Care Allowance (DCA), who have a disability, will receive a full medical card. Commenting Minister Harris said; “I’m really pleased to be publishing this Bill today. There are 33,000 parents who receive DCA for their children, but 9,800 of these children currently do not have a full medical card. This Bill rights this wrong and I hope it will of assistance and relieve some of the stress these families experience. I would especially like to acknowledge the trojan work done by Our Children’s Health [...]

2017-05-29T14:54:17+00:00March 2nd, 2017|Disability, National Issues|

Publication of the Devine and Resilience Reports

Minister of State with special responsibility for Disabilities, Finian McGrath, TD, today (28th February 2017) welcomed the publication by the HSE of the Devine and Resilience reports into certain issues relating to a former foster home in the South East. This follows the Minister’s request to the HSE to engage with An Garda Síochána with a view to the publication of the reports without any further delay. “From the outset, I have been mindful that at the heart of this matter is the care of vulnerable people who have relied on the State to look out for their best interests and our concerns that this care has not been of [...]

2017-05-29T14:53:53+00:00February 28th, 2017|Disability, National Issues|
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