Press Release

Minister for Primary and Social Care welcomes collaboration with The Atlantic Philanthropies

Grants of almost €15 million to improve care for people living with dementia

The Minister for Primary and Social Care, Kathleen Lynch TD, today (14 August) welcomed confirmation that The Atlantic Philanthropies will make grants of €14.7m available to improve the care and wellbeing of people living with dementia in Ireland.

“That Atlantic Philanthropies have been generous in their investments in Ireland over recent years is not in doubt”, the Minister said, “but this latest announcement is one of the most important. The collaboration with Atlantic reinforces our commitment to effectively implement the forthcoming National Dementia Strategy so that we can improve the situation for those living with dementia and their families. It also enables us to carry out much needed research in the area of dementia”.

Substantive agreement has been reached with The Atlantic Philanthropies on a number of collaborations which will include:

A collaboration to implement elements of the draft National Dementia Strategy

A programme of research relevant to dementia, in conjunction with the Health Research Board. This will include applied research to address specific policy concerns and will also be open to other research proposals which may emerge.

“The Department of Health is providing some €1 million in matching funding to support the research element of the collaboration and the HSE is providing matching funding of some €15 million for the three priority areas of intensive home care supports, GP education and training, and dementia awareness. We will be sure to measure and report on implementation of this collaboration”, said the Minister.