Press Release

Minister O’Malley welcomes the announcement of an additional €100m as part of the Government’s National Disability Strategy

Mr. Tim O’Malley T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children today welcomed the announcement that an additional provision of €100m is to be made as part of the Government’s National Disability Strategy.

Mr. O’Malley pointed out that today’s announcement signals an increase of 100% in the amount of extra funding which had already been anticipated for 2006 as part of the Government’s Multi-Annual Investment Programme for Disability Services over the period from 2006 to 2009.

The provision of additional residential respite and day places will make further inroads into the waiting lists which have been identified on the National Intellectual Disability Database, said Minister O’Malley. Further progress would also be made in the transfer of persons from inappropriate residential placements, including psychiatric hospitals.

The Minister said that the Health Service Executive was being asked to provide financial relief to service providers where core funding and core staffing issues were found to be particularly acute and he expressed confidence that the extra resource announced today would be a significant step in establishing the necessary infrastructure for the forthcoming implementation of the Disability Act 2005 and the Education for persons with Special Education Needs Act 2004.

The funding will also provide for the further development of mental health services for both adults and children, including the provision of additional community-based mental health facilities and the enhancement of multi-disciplinary teams.