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McGrath, Finian

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


National Stroke Programme Implementation

Before I respond to Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan, I warmly welcome the agreement between Vertex, the HSE and the Government on the drugs for treating cystic fibrosis. I want to commend all those invo...More Button

With regard to this Topical Issue, I am very grateful to Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan for providing me with the welcome opportunity to talk about stroke services in Ireland. Let me start by referri...More Button

Access to stroke unit care has been shown to improve stroke patient outcomes through reduced mortality rates, reduced dependency and shorter lengths of stay in hospital for patients. Since the c...More Button

National Stroke Programme Implementation (Continued)

I am particularly conscious that the early supported discharge service for stroke patients requires attention. Indeed, it has been recognised internationally that early supported discharge of stro...More Button

I take the Deputy's valid points in regard to quality of life and the return home. We need to develop community rehabilitation programmes and other services in the interests of the patient but a...More Button

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Ireland signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2007 and since then, successive Governments have emphasised Ireland’s strong commitment to proceed to ratification as qui...More Button

It is essential that the State is in a position to meet the obligations that it assumes under the terms of an international agreement from the moment of its entry into force for Ireland. Before t...More Button

Considerable progress has already been made to overcome the remaining legislative barriers to Ireland's ratification of the Convention. The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 was signed...More Button

The Disability (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2016 was published immediately prior to Christmas and completed Second Stage in February January 2017. The primary purpose of the Bill is to addres...More Button

The precise timing of ratification now depends on how long it will take for this Bill to progress through the enactment process and on issues in relation to commencement both of Deprivation of Li...More Button

The Convention creates no new rights, but rather requires that people with disabilities be treated on an equal basis with others. I should make the point that service standards and funding are s...More Button

Equal Opportunities Employment

The Providing Equal Employment Routes (PEER) project is run in Co. Louth by the Walkinstown Association for People with an Intellectual Disability (WALK). The project provides for customised suppo...More Button

The project was originally one of 14 disability activation projects (DACT), in the Border, Midlands & West region, that were jointly funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Department of...More Button

Research work by the National Disability Authority and Indecon has demonstrated that there are gaps between employment programmes for people with disabilities and what people with high support ne...More Button

Following representations from WALK PEER pending the introduction of the preactivation programme, it was decided to provide funding from the Department to this project to enable it to continue se...More Button

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.More Button

Disability Allowance Eligibility

Following a review, this lady was deemed to have means in excess of the statutory limit for her circumstances. She was notified in writing of this decision on 7 September 2016 and of her rights of...More Button

Disability Allowance

This question cannot be answered due to insufficient information. My Department has been in contact with the office of the Deputy and is awaiting a response.

  I trust this clar...More Button

Disability Support Services Provision

As the Deputy's question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Voluntary Sector Funding

The Health Service Executive (HSE) funds a range of health and personal social services to enable each person with a disability, including those with Parkinson's Disease, to achieve their full pote...More Button

The HSE liaises with the Parkinson's Association of Ireland through its membership of the Neurological Alliance of Ireland, which is a national umbrella organisation for voluntary groups, profess...More Button

The Deputy may wish to note that my colleague, the Minister for Health, has a meeting arranged with the Parkinson's Association of Ireland later this month. As the Deputy's question relates to s...More Button

Services for People with Disabilities

The 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...More Button

As the Deputy's question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

The 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...More Button

As the Deputy's question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

The HSE's report “Time to Move on from Congregated Settings – A Strategy for Community Inclusion” (2011) proposes a new model of support in the community by moving people from institutional ...More Button

The 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...More Button

As the Deputy's question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Care Services Provision

The 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...More Button

As the Deputy's question relates to an individual case, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Respite Care Services Provision

I propose to take Questions Nos. 536 to 538, inclusive, together.More Button

The 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...More Button

The Programme for Partnership Government states that the Government wishes to provide more accessible respite care to facilitate full support for people with a disability. More Button

As the Deputy's questions relate to service matters, I have arranged for the questions to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Disability Services Funding

The 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...More Button

The particular issue raised by the Deputy is a service matter for the HSE. Accordingly I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to t...More Button

Disability Support Services Funding

The 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...More Button

The particular issue raised by the Deputy is a service matter for the HSE. Accordingly I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to t...More Button

Disability Services Data

The 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...More Button

As the Deputy's question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

HSE Properties

I propose to take Questions Nos. 587 and 588 together.

  The HSE’s report “Time to Move on from Congregated Settings – A Strategy for Community Inclusion”, (2011) pro...More Button

Respite Care Services Availability

The 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...More Button

Respite Care Services

I propose to take Questions Nos. 619 to 621, inclusive, together.More Button

The 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 servic...More Button

The Programme for Partnership Government states that the Government wishes to provide more accessible respite care to facilitate full support for people with a disability. More Button

As the Deputy's questions relate to service matters, I have arranged for the questions to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Home Help Service Eligibility

As Deputy's question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

  Question No. 641 answered with Question No. 555.More Button