Press Release

Minister O’Malley addresses Enable Ireland Conference “Enabling Excellence – Ní neart gan cur le chéile”

Mr Tim O’Malley TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, today (Wednesday 21st September, 2005) addressed the Enable Ireland Conference “Enabling Excellence – Ní neart gan cur le chéile” in Croke Park.

Minister O’Malley noted that the conference title serves to reflect its strong partnership/teamwork theme and stated “it is this theme of partnership and forging links with those achieving excellence in their specific fields that is allowing Enable Ireland clients achieve their full potential.”

The Minister commended Enable Ireland’s service provision for people with disabilities over the last number of decades and their ability to adapt and change with Irish society. Some of the significant changes we have seen in Ireland include;

  • recognition of the need for the development of a more person centred approach in providing support services;
  • awareness of and emphasis on abilities of people with disabilities, the move from institutional settings to community based services and a recognition of the need for a greater range of support services delivered in a flexible manner which meets individual needs;
  • very significant investment by Government in supports for people with disabilities including personal allowances, employment schemes and revenue and capital funding for education, health and personal social and other services.

Minister O’Malley said “I believe that this has been achieved through the partnership approach that Enable Ireland is emphasising. Partnership cannot be confined to a relationship between the statutory and non-statutory sector.”

The Minister congratulated Enable Ireland on its adoption of the European Quality Management Excellence Model saying “by implementing the Excellence Model, Enable Ireland has further developed a national approach to team working and it is significant that today they acknowledge the need to look outward and are prepared to share the experiences that they have gained with others”.

“Enable Ireland’s desire for excellence within its own organisation will ultimately enhance the excellence of the services it provides” said the Minister.