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Minister McGrath marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Minister of State with special responsibility for disabilities, Finian McGrath TD, today marked International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Since 1992, 3rd December has been annually observed as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The theme of this year's day is “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”. “The theme of the day is in keeping with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”, the Minister said. “Ratification was a key commitment in the Programme for Government and I was pleased to be able to deliver on that commitment earlier this year”, he added. The day of celebration is being marked by the [...]

2018-12-03T10:42:30+00:00December 3rd, 2018|Disability, National Issues|

New Medical Card Measures to Remove Barriers to Work for People with Disabilities

Minister for Health Simon Harris today (Friday) announced a significant improvement to the medical card assessment process which will enable persons in receipt of a Disability Allowance payment to have a greater earnings capacity and still retain their medical card. From the 1st December 2018, the medical card earnings disregard for persons in receipt of Disability Allowance will be significantly increased, from €120 to €427 per week and will apply to the assessment process for both single persons and to family assessments.  This increase of more than 250% means that the earnings of someone in receipt of Disability Allowance that can be disregarded under the medical card assessment process has [...]

2018-11-30T12:37:52+00:00November 30th, 2018|Disability, Jobs, National Issues|

New Affordable Childcare Scheme to Open for Applications in October 2019

Existing childcare subsidy schemes to remain in place for 2019/20 programme year, ensuring certainty for families and ‘continuity of care’ for children Comprehensive information and training supports to be rolled out from early 2019 offering a supported transition period for families and childcare providers Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, has announced that the new Affordable Childcare Scheme will open for applications in mid-October 2019, with payments flowing from November 2019. The scheme will offer a single, easy to access system of financial subsidies towards childcare for families in Ireland.  Through this, it will enhance affordability and accessibility, and provide a platform for investment in quality childcare [...]

2018-11-23T16:18:01+00:00November 8th, 2018|National Issues|

Minister McGrath opens Antoine House, Residential Centre & Sli na Daoine

On the 19th October, 2018, Minister for Disabilities Finian Mc Grath T.D., officially opened Antoine House, and Sli na Daoine, at Drumillard, Castleblayney, Co.Monghan to support people with disabilities and their families  Officiating at the opening Minister Mc Grath stated “I want to thank all those who have worked tirelessly to make sure Antoine house and Sli na Daoine happened and opened.  A number of volunteers gave selflessly of their time and resources over the past 25 years to get these marvellous new buildings we see here today. Volunteers are one of the most valuable resources a community can have.  I am very pleased that I have been able to both build [...]

2018-11-23T14:50:44+00:00October 19th, 2018|Disability, National 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|

14,000 additional carers are now eligible for free GP Care

Minister for Health, Simon Harris, and Minister of State for Disabilities, Finian McGrath, joined carers Moira Skelly and Rosemary Kratzchmer (both from Dublin) today at Bewley's on Grafton Street to encourage carers to register for their free GP Visit Cards at www.mymedicalcard.ie. From 1st September 2018 onwards, an additional 14,000 carers will be eligible for free GP services. Registration is now open and applies to carers who are currently in receipt of either full or half rate Carer’s Allowance or Carer’s Benefit, and who do not currently hold a medical or GP visit card. The HSE has set up a safe, fast and convenient online system for carers to register for their free GP [...]

2018-09-03T13:09:04+00:00September 3rd, 2018|Disability, National Issues|

€775,000 allocated for disability projects under the Dormant Accounts Action Plan 2018

Minister Mc Grath warmly welcomed funding of €775,000 specifically for disability projects, noting that “the measures approved in this Action Plan will put in place a number of supports to provide equality of opportunity for people with disabilities and their families, and improve the quality of their lives.” Summary of Dormant Account Measures National Survey of Existing Transport Provision within Disability Services €80,000 This project will see the HSE carry out a national survey of existing transport provision within disability services to establish the extent of the provision, the cost of the provision, identify the gaps in provision and make recommendations for better use of existing resource. Development of an [...]

2018-11-23T15:46:35+00:00July 18th, 2018|Disability, National Issues|

Minister McGrath launches the report of the Task Force on Personalised Budgets

Minister McGrath today published the Report of the Task Force on Personalised Budgets "Towards Personalised Budgets for People with a Disability in Ireland". The report sets out how personalised budgets could work as a funding mechanism for people with a disability, providing them with greater choice and control over the services and supports they receive. The Task Force was established in September 2016 by Minister Finian McGrath, and chaired by Christy Lynch. The Task Force, having reviewed the national and international research evidence and consulted with service users and their families, recommended that the Department of Health and the HSE should establish demonstration projects to test the delivery of personalised [...]

2018-07-17T20:09:58+00:00July 17th, 2018|Disability, National Issues|

14,000 Additional Carers to Receive Free GP Care

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris and the Minister of State for Disabilities, Finian McGrath have today (Thursday) welcomed the fact that following the passing of the Health (General Practitioner Service) Bill 2018 last night 14,000 additional Carers are now to receive Free GP Care. The Bill means that those in receipt of either full or half rate Carer’s Allowance or Carer’s Benefit will be automatically eligible for a GP service free of charge. The Minister for Health said “This measure is another important step by this Government to support our Carers, who are the backbone of the caring profession in every community.  The provision of a GP service, free [...]

2018-07-12T15:13:35+00:00July 12th, 2018|Disability, National Issues|

€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|
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