Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell has said the approval of €31 million in additional funding for disability services by Government is a positive move in providing essential supports and services to those who need them in the North County, and across the country.
“I am delighted with the announcement that the Government has approved additional funding of €31 million for disability services. €28 million of this funding will be utilised to address the financial pressures which are being experienced as a result of the on-going service improvements. The purpose of this is to cover the costs of compliance with national residential standards, the provision of emergency residential places, and the services which have been put in place to meet the changing needs of people who have disabilities.
“The remaining €3 million will be used to support new initiatives this year. This includes the additional provision of resources and services to meet the needs of school leavers who have disabilities, while also putting in place the funding to cover the costs which are anticipated in relation to emergency residential placements throughout 2016.
“It is of the utmost importance that people with disabilities are provided with the resources and services which they require. We must work to ensure that people who have disabilities have access to the supports which will empower them and enhance their lives.
“As the Government TD in Dublin Fingal, I will actively engage with the Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, and his Department to ensure the needs of everyone in the North County who has a disability are heard, and acted upon.”