/Local Issues

Minister McGrath officially opens Windrock Respite Centre

The Minister for Disabilities Finian McGrath TD, today officially opened a new respite house in Co Wexford to support people with disabilities and their families. The Minister said, “This Government is 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 people with disabilities who are often under tremendous strain to keep going. That is why I sought and secured an additional €10m for this year, to specifically enhance respite services”. The Minister pointed out that there are now eight new houses open across the country, with another four to open in [...]

2018-10-15T16:01:32+00:00October 15th, 2018|Disability, Local Issues, National Issues|

Fingal Youth Sports (Small Grant)  Scheme 2018 – Open for Applications

Are you a community, voluntary or sporting organisation working with young people based in the Fingal area? Fingal County Council Sports Office in conjunction with Sport Ireland are inviting applications for funding under the Youth Sport Small Grants Scheme (2018). This is open to Voluntary  Sporting  Organisations working with young people and based in the Fingal administrative area. Through an application form process, clubs who are affiliated recognised National Governing Body or a recognised disability organisation can apply for this grant. Whilst clubs may apply for grant aid for equipment purchase, referee or coaching fees etc, applications that create a positive impact on participation levels and demonstrate sustainability within the [...]

2018-09-25T16:38:18+00:00September 25th, 2018|Disability, Local 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|

Update on Clontarf to City Centre Cycleway – Fairview Trees

A lot of people have contacted me about the planned removal of trees adjacent to Fairview Park. I want to say from the very outset I was opposed to the removal of these trees and have worked to this end alongside my colleague Cllr Damian O’Farrell who made this point at all relevant meetings with Dublin City Council. In our written submission to Dublin City Council last March, while supporting the cycle track, we opposed the removal of these trees as we felt their removal was unnecessary considering the adjacent space inside Fairview Park for the cycle track.   Last February Cllr O’Farrell and I distributed over 3000 leaflets in [...]

2017-08-11T19:54:02+00:00August 11th, 2017|Local Issues|

Update on Seawall (James Larkin Road/Clontarf Road), associated S2S/Cycleway Project and Recent Flooding in this Area

Dear Resident Thank you for previously contacting me regarding the seawall between the Wooden Bridge and Causeway Road (James Larkin Road/Clontarf Road). I wish to now provide you with the latest update and am attaching for your attention the recent Part 8 advertisement from DCC regarding the matter of reducing the seawall height, and I would invite you to read this advertisement and be assured that I am monitoring matters closely and will be supporting this proposed reduction..  This seawall height reduction proposal is the culmination of a period of hard work and public pressure supported by you, and I want to acknowledge this to you and also the work [...]

2017-07-13T14:57:57+00:00July 13th, 2017|Local Issues|

Minister McGrath officially opens new Dialysis Therapies Centre at Beaumont Hospital

  This morning (Thurs 1st June) the Minister of State with responsibility for Disability, Finian McGrath, T.D., officially opened the new Dialysis Therapies Centre in Beaumont Hospital - the new home for our outpatient Haemodialysis and Home Therapies services Since opening in February, the new Centre has increased capacity in the outpatient haemodialysis unit from 20 to 34 stations. This has allowed Beaumont to eliminate early morning and late night dialysis sessions, ensuring that patients are now dialysed during more social hours - between 7am to 11pm- improving their and their family’s quality of life and wellbeing. The Home Therapies department facilitates both peritoneal dialysis (PD) and home haemodialysis (HHD), [...]

2017-06-22T14:27:16+00:00June 1st, 2017|Local Issues|

Dublin Bay North Childcare providers can avail of new funding

Dublin Bay North childcare providers can apply for support from a new national €4m fund, according to Independent TD for Dublin Bay North, Minister Finian McGrath. Minister McGrath said the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, informed him that local crèches, community services and other childcare providers can apply for money for new places, maintenance and outdoor play areas. Minister Zappone says individual childcare centres can receive funding of up to €50,000 under the 2017 Early Years Capital Funding Scheme. Minister McGrath welcomed the announcement saying: "More capital investment in childcare has been badly needed for some time now. I encourage childcare providers in the area to [...]

2017-05-29T14:49:06+00:00March 21st, 2017|Local 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 Glasnevin. The building is an old HSE building which has been renovated and updated into a very modern centre for service users. Seven staff are employed at Botanic Horizons and the service provides day services and community outreach support for adults. Autism Initiatives Ireland (Autism Spectrum Disorder Initiatives ASDI) offer person centred services which tailor [...]

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