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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|

Opening speech on Disability (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2016

Disability (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2016 Dáil Éireann Opening Speech 31 January 2017 Statement by Finian McGrath TD, Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Disability Issues A Cheann Comhairle, I am delighted to present this Bill to the House today, the purpose of which is to amend a number of pieces of legislation so that [...]

2017-05-29T15:28:15+00:00 February 1st, 2017|Disability|

Disability (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2016: Second Stage

Dail Eireann Tuesday, 31 January 2017 Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy Finian McGrath): I move: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time." I am delighted to present this Bill to the House, the purpose of which is to amend a range of legislation so that Ireland is [...]

2017-05-29T15:41:21+00:00 January 31st, 2017|Disability|

Investigation into the Stardust Tragedy

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 [...]

2017-05-29T15:04:09+00:00 January 25th, 2017|Local Issues|

Minister Finian McGrath opens new premises of the Kerry Branch of Down Syndrome Ireland in Tralee

The Minister of State with special responsibility for Disabilities, Finian McGrath TD, today officially opened the new premises of the Kerry Branch of Down Syndrome Ireland in Tralee. The Minister said, “Through dedication of its committee, the Kerry Branch of Down Syndrome Ireland is a vibrant organisation which provides support to over 260 members and [...]

2017-06-22T13:17:32+00:00 January 11th, 2017|Archive, Disability, National Issues|
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