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 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|

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|
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