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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|

Disability Update

INDEPENDENT T.D.S BACK YOUNG PEOPLE WITH A DISABILITY Today a group of Independent T.D.s came out strongly in support of the 220 young people with a disability.   Spokesman for the group Finian McGrath T.D. said “It is a disgrace that a Government can find €2 billion for roads and buildings and yet cannot find €2-€3 [...]

2017-06-22T13:33:43+00:00 July 19th, 2012|Archive, Disability, National Issues|

Independent Living

Greater Dublin Independent Living (GDIL) Principles of Independent Living Adapted from those launched in 1990 by the European Network on Independent Living 1. Independent living is a process of consciousness raising, empowerment and liberation. This progression enables all persons with a disability to achieve equal rights and opportunities in life. It allows them to take [...]

2017-06-22T13:23:18+00:00 October 22nd, 2010|Archive, Disability|

McGrath Back Teachers

I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32 to discuss an issue of national importance and concern, namely, the urgent need to save and protect the primary teacher substitute supply panel, which has been in existence since 1993, as the greatest losers will be tens of thousands of children in disadvantaged communities [...]

2017-06-22T12:54:50+00:00 March 10th, 2010|Archive, National Issues|
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