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Ministers to meet with management of Lakers service next week after fire damage

The Minister for Health Simon Harris and Minister of State with special responsibility for disabilities Finian McGrath are to meet with management of the Lakers Service next week. Services for more than 400 people with special needs have been suspended due to the damage caused by a fire. On Friday, Minister Harris met with the management, staff and service users at the premises and offered his support to them .  "This is a very upsetting day for the community, most particularly for the people who rely on this vital service.  "I would encourage anyone who can assist with alternative venues or transport to please contact the local management. This is [...]

2018-11-23T15:24:52+00:00October 5th, 2018|Uncategorised|

Agreement reached on Pay Restoration for Section 39 Workers.

Ministers Harris & McGrath Welcome Agreement on Pay Restoration for Section 39 Funded Organisations. Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, & Minister of State with special responsibility for Disabilities, Finian McGrath TD, have today (Wednesday) welcomed the agreement reached between health sector management and unions at the WRC yesterday evening which will see pay restoration for staff organisations funded by the HSE under Section 39 of the Health Act.  While not public servants, many were subject to pay cuts during the economic crisis.    In 2017, staff of these organisations balloted for industrial action seeking pay restoration.  In order to avert this action, the Minister for Health asked the HSE [...]

2018-11-23T15:28:18+00:00October 3rd, 2018|Uncategorised|

Minister McGrath appoints new Disability Stakeholder Group

The Minister of State with special responsibility for Disability Issues, Finian McGrath today announced details of the new membership of the Disability Stakeholders Group (DSG).   “The Disability Stakeholders Group plays an important role in the review and implementation of the National Disability Inclusion Strategy 2017 – 2021 as well as contributing to the State’s programme of implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities following its ratification earlier this year.” Appointments to the DSG are for a three-year term and are being made following an open selection process where expressions of interest were invited.  The purpose of the group is to provide a forum within which disability [...]

2018-11-23T15:33:18+00:00August 30th, 2018|Uncategorised|

Minister Mc Grath welcomes World Down Syndrome Day on Wednesday 21st March 2018

The Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Disabilities, Finian McGrath TD, is pleased to recognise Wednesday 21st March as World Down Syndrome Day. World Down Syndrome Day is a global awareness day which has been celebrated all over the world since 2006. Minister Mc Grath welcomed World Down Syndrome Day, which aims to create a single global voice for advocating for the rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down Syndrome as a positive development. He said “Today there are celebrations in over 100 countries all over the world with an annual conference in the UN in both New York and Geneva in conjunction with the Human Rights [...]

2018-03-21T17:30:49+00:00March 21st, 2018|Uncategorised|

Free admission for Disabled Visitors and Carers at OPW Heritage sites 

Minister Kevin “Boxer” Moran announces scheme to commence on 1st May 2018 Kevin “Boxer” Moran T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief, has today (22nd February) announced free admission for disabled visitors and their carers into OPW Heritage Sites from the 1st of May this year. Speaking about the initiative Minister Moran said, “The OPW is entrusted with looking after wonderful heritage sites and I feel passionately that everyone should be able to enjoy these cultural assets on our doorstep.  This includes those with disabilities and I am delighted to announce today that the OPW will, at all its paid admission sites, admit [...]

2018-02-23T15:18:13+00:00February 23rd, 2018|Uncategorised|

Independent Alliance firmly on the side of distressed borrowers with Homes Bill

Press Statement from Independent Alliance The Independent Alliance is on the side of borrowers who are in mortgage distress and their proposed legislation in the area offers the best long-term solution to keeping people in their homes. The fast-tracking of legislation to keep people in their homes remains a priority of the Independent Alliance. Government has prioritised legislation in the current Dail term regarding keeping people in their homes and the Alliance has said the major component of Minister of State Moran’s private members bill, Keeping People in their Homes 2017 has been transposed into a proposed amending Bill to the Land and Conveyancing Reform Act 2013, entitled Courts & Land Conveyancing [...]

2018-02-21T21:25:43+00:00February 21st, 2018|Uncategorised|

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 hours over the 2016 target of 1.3 million hours. The Home Support target for 2017 is 2.75 million hours an increase of 150,000 hours over the 2016 target of 2.6 million hours. This is being supported by an additional budget of €5.5 million. PA/Home Support hours activity in 2016 is running at 500,000 hours over [...]

2017-05-29T15:01:12+00:00February 14th, 2017|Uncategorised|
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