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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 [...]

2018-12-12T13:03:57+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|

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|

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|

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 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|
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