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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 [...]

2017-05-29T15:41:07+00:00 March 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 [...]

2017-05-29T14:54:17+00:00 March 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 [...]

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

Minister McGrath opens a new service for people with autism in Glasnevin

  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 [...]

2017-05-29T14:58:08+00:00 February 23rd, 2017|Disability, Local Issues|

EmployAbility Galway’s #100jobs campaign

  Minister of State with special responsibility for Disabilities, Finian McGrath TD, today (20th February 2017), visited EmployAbility Galway to announce the results of its #100jobs campaign. EmployAbility Galway is one of the 23 organisations that operate the EmployAbility service throughout the State. The EmployAbility service is a national employment and recruitment service dedicated to [...]

2017-05-29T14:59:30+00:00 February 20th, 2017|Disability, Jobs|

Regarding the 2017 National Service Plan provision of Personal Assistance & Home Support Hours

Statement from Minister Finian McGrath regarding the 2017 National Service Plan provision of Personal Assistance & Home Support Hours Minister McGrath wishes to clarify the position regarding the 2017 National Service Plan provision of Personal Assistance & Home Support hours. The Personal Assistance target for 2017 is 1.4 million funded hours an increase of 100,000 [...]

2017-05-29T15:01:12+00:00 February 14th, 2017|Uncategorised|

Task Force on Personalised Budgets – FAQs

The Task Force on Personalised Budgets has produced a Frequently Asked Questions document to assist members of the public to understand the key issues around personalised budgets and the work of the Task Force itself. The FAQ document is available on the Department of Health website here: http://health.gov.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/FAQs-TF-on-Personalised-Budgets.pdf Further information of the Task Force is [...]

2017-05-29T15:25:39+00:00 February 10th, 2017|Disability, National Issues|
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