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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|

€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|

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|
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