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Statement on Áras Attracta HIQA Overview report

Áras Attracta HIQA Overview report Statement from Minister with special responsibility for Disabilities, Finian McGrath T.D. I am deeply disappointed by the reports that have come out today regarding the lack of progress in improving the safety and quality of life for residents in Áras Attracta in Swinford, Co. Mayo. Like everyone in the country, I was shocked and dismayed by the revelations that came out in December 2014 about the appalling treatment of vulnerable residents at this centre. Since I became Minister with special responsibility for Disabilities, I have taken a close interest in the measures to improve the services at Áras Attracta. My priority is the delivery of [...]

2017-11-29T11:57:04+00:00November 29th, 2017|Disability|

€4.5m fund to support the reform of disability services

The Minister of State with special responsibility for Disabilities, Finian McGrath TD, today announced a €4.5m fund to support the reform of disability services. The Minister said, “This Government’s objective is to deliver disability services that are person –centred, putting those who need supports at the centre of all our activities. The objective of this fund is to put people with disabilities at the heart of service delivery and supports, enabling them to lead self-directed lives in the community. This is in line with my philosophy since being appointed Minister – that the person with the disability is at the very centre of our focus of attention.The Service Reform Fund [...]

2017-11-24T10:23:52+00:00November 24th, 2017|Disability, National Issues|

Statement on behalf of Minister Finian McGrath TD

Statement on behalf of Minister Finian McGrath TD Dublin Bay North Constituency My only thoughts today are with the families of the victims of the terrible Stardust tragedy that took place 36 years ago. The tragedy was the biggest loss of life in a single incident in living memory in Ireland. Forty-eight people went out for a night of celebrations and never came home. To the extended families of those 48 young people – and the many others who were injured and traumatised by the event – they are foremost in my mind today. One of the commitments that was negotiated into the Programme for Government was to look seriously [...]

2017-11-07T16:17:33+00:00November 7th, 2017|Local Issues|

McGrath gets green light for new €40 million accident and emergency department at Beaumont Hospital

MCGRATH GETS GREEN LIGHT FOR NEW €40 MILLION ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT AT BEAUMONT HOSPITAL   Minister Finian McGrath has confirmed that he has got the green light for the construction of a new €40 million Accident and Emergency Department at Beaumont Hospital. Finian has been in detailed discussions with the Department of Health, HSE and Beaumont Hospital for the last few weeks. “This new Department is great news for patients, the staff and for the Northside of Dublin” said McGrath. “It’s also a fantastic project for the future of our Health Service “ said the Northside Minister. He also confirmed that the budget of €100,000 will be made available [...]

2017-10-19T15:59:45+00:00October 19th, 2017|Local Issues, National Issues|

Recognition of ISL for the Deaf Community Bill 2016

Minister McGrath welcomed the passage of the Recognition of ISL for the Deaf Community Bill 2016 through the Seanad yesterday. This important legislation, published by Senator Mark Daly, not only formally recognises ISL as a distinct language but provides for access to interpretation services and extra supports that are essential for deaf, hard of hearing and deafened citizens. Minister McGrath was keen to highlight that the bill also included funding for access to cultural life. Minister McGrath thanked his colleagues in Seanad Eireann on what was a historic day for the Irish deaf community. The Bill enjoyed cross party support after comprehensive engagement with members of the deaf community. A special [...]

2017-10-19T12:20:53+00:00October 19th, 2017|Disability, National Issues|

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|
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