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€14million approved under the Disabled Persons Grant Scheme

Finian McGrath announces approval of €14million under the Disabled Persons Grant Scheme Minister for Disabilities, Finian McGrath today announced funding of €14m to help elderly people and those with disabilities continue living in the comfort of their own homes. This marks a €2m increase on the funding that was allocated in 2017. The Disabled Persons Grant Scheme provides funding for extensions and adaptations to existing social housing stock such as grab rails, disabled access ramps, wet rooms etc. The Scheme also provides extensions in cases of overcrowding.  “This will greatly improve the housing conditions for our older tenants and those living with disabilities and address issues of overcrowding in existing [...]

2018-07-02T14:24:21+00:00July 2nd, 2018|Disability, National Issues|

Ministers Doherty and McGrath announce funding of €16 million for 27 Projects under ‘Ability’ Programme for young people with disabilities

Ministers Doherty and McGrath announce funding of €16 million for 27 Projects under ‘Ability’ Programme for young people with disabilities The Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, T.D., together with the Minister of State with special responsibility for Disabilities, Finian McGrath, T.D., today (1st of June 2018) announced funding of €16 million for 27 projects* to deliver a new pre-activation Programme for young people with disabilities, called “Ability”. The Ability Programme will provide supports to over 2,600 young people with disabilities aged between15 to 29 years old. The focus of the Programme is on projects aimed at young people with disabilities and is designed to assist in their transition [...]

2018-06-01T22:34:50+00:00June 1st, 2018|Disability, Jobs, National Issues|

Minister McGrath Speaks Out on Inappropriate Use of Posters

Speaking after the Autism Conference in Croke Park this morning, Minister of State with special responsibility for Disabilities, Finian McGrath TD, said, “that children with Down Syndrome should not be used in this debate especially not in posters in the same way any children shouldn’t  be in poster for a Referendum campaign”.  He also said that, “Disability as grounds for termination is specifically outlawed in the draft legislation”. He strongly challenged the No campaigners on their misleading information.   “Downs Syndrome Ireland (D. S. I.) have already asked campaigners not to use children with Downs Syndrome in this debate.  As a former chairperson of D. S. I., and a parent, I support that [...]

2018-11-23T15:52:56+00:00May 14th, 2018|Disability, National Issues|

Government announces funding to Improve the Homes of Older People and People with a Disability

Today the Government announced that €66.25 million will be made available in 2018 for Housing Adaptations for Older People and People with a Disability living in private houses.  This investment will facilitate changes needed to make homes suitable for a person with a physical, sensory/intellectual disability or mental health difficulty, to enable older people and people with disabilities to remain living independently in their own homes for longer and also to facilitate early return from hospital.    The Housing Adaptation Grant helps people to make changes and adaptations to their home, for example, making it wheelchair-accessible, extending it to create more space, adding a ground-floor bathroom or toilet or adding a stair-lift. [...]

2018-05-04T15:11:12+00:00May 4th, 2018|Disability, National Issues|

Locations announced for €10m National Respite Programme

Finian McGrath TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for Disabilities, today announced where new respite facilities will be located nationally to support people with disabilities and their families. The Minister said, “This Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. We are particularly committed to providing a range of accessible respite care supports for people with a disability, and their families. I am acutely aware of the pressure on carers of [...]

2018-05-03T13:57:16+00:00May 3rd, 2018|Disability, National Issues|

Minister Finian McGrath travels to New York to officially mark Ireland’s ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Independent Alliance Minister of State with responsibility for Disabilities, Finian McGrath, will officially mark Ireland’s ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the United Nations in New York today. The ratification of the UN Convention took place in the Dáil last month. Now Minister McGrath is delivering the formal ratification decision to the United Nations to mark this historic milestone. Ireland signed up to the UNCRPD in 2007. All political parties since signing have campaigned for ratification but according to Minister McGrath, none brought us to today’s event. Minister McGrath has overseen and taken charge of, in less than two years as Minister for [...]

2018-05-03T13:15:47+00:00April 19th, 2018|Disability, National Issues|

Ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

  The Minister of State for Disability Issues, Finian McGrath T.D., today welcomed the decision of Dáil Éireann to approve the terms of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) “Today marks a key moment, not only for people living with a disability, but also for their families, friends and support networks and for Irish society generally. Today we have seen all parties come together to demonstrate a shared commitment to the protection of the rights of persons with disabilities by approving the terms of the Convention” said the Minister. The purpose of the Convention is to promote, protect and ensure the full and [...]

2018-04-19T00:13:44+00:00March 7th, 2018|Disability, National Issues|

Recognition of Irish Sign Language Bill 2016 – Speech

Recognition of Irish Sign Language Bill 2016 Dáil Second Stage Minister of State with special responsibility for Disability Issues Finian McGrath TD 14 December 2017 Thank you [Chair].  Can I say at the outset that I am delighted to be here again and delighted that we have been able to achieve a consensus on this Bill in the Seanad, with very little work left for us in the Dáil to do before the Bill can be referred on to the President for signature.  I want to commend Senator Daly and members of the Deaf Community for all the work that was put into achieving that consensus.   I particularly want [...]

2017-12-14T17:00:22+00:00December 14th, 2017|Disability, National Issues|

Additional €10m for Respite Care Services

Minister McGrath secures an additional €10 million for respite care service. 12 December 2017 Minister of State with special responsibility for Disability Issues, Finian McGrath TD, today (12th December 2017) announced the securing of an additional €10 million for respite care. €8 million will provide for nine new dedicated houses for respite in each Community Health Area plus an additional three houses in the greater Dublin area to respond to the very high demand for respite from this part of the country. The remaining €2 million will be used for respite based on Home Sharing and also for day options such as extended day services. In response to many meetings [...]

2017-12-12T16:40:04+00:00December 12th, 2017|Disability, National Issues|

Public Consultation on Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards now open

Ministers Harris and McGrath announce opening of a Public Consultation on Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Minister for Health, Simon Harris, TD, and Minister of State for Disability Issues, Finian McGrath, TD, today announced the opening of a public consultation on draft legislation relating to deprivation of liberty. The draft legislative provisions outline proposed safeguards for older people, persons with a disability and certain categories of people with mental health issues to ensure that they are not unlawfully deprived of their liberty in residential facilities. This public consultation is being carried out in order to help inform the next draft of the legislation which will be submitted to Government for approval [...]

2017-12-11T16:32:00+00:00December 11th, 2017|Disability, National Issues|
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