Press Release

8,000 people with disabilities to benefit from extra £4 million for aids and appliances and wheelchair accessible transport

The Minister for Health and Children, Mr Brian Cowen TD today (1 December, 1998) announced that extra funding of £4m is being made available this year to fund much needed equipment such as wheelchairs and accessible transport for people with disabilities. This £4m is additional to the £1m already allocated this year, bringing the total amount allocated in 1998 to £5m.

A number of organisatons providing services to people with disabilities will benefit from the grant announced by the Minister. These are as follows:-

The Rehab Group £500,000
Irish Wheelchair Association £1,500,000
C.R.C. £500,000
Cerebral Palsy £500,000
Sensory Disabilities £500,000
Smaller Bodies £500,000 (including £100,000 for
National Rehabilitation Hospital)

At the end of last year, grants totalling £4.325m were made available to voluntary agencies providing services in this sector for aids, appliances and equipment for people with physical and sensory disabilities, bringing the total investment in aids and appliances over twelve months to £9.325m.

Mary Wallace TD, Minister for State at the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform with special responsibility for Disability, warmly welcomed today’s announcement. Speaking in Leinster House, she said that this additional grant is further evidence of the Government’s commitment to ensuring that the needs of people with disabilities are comprehensively addressed and represents the most significant investment in equipment and transport ever for people with disabilities.