Speeches

Speech by Minister O’Malley TD to the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies awards ceremony Thursday 23rd February

I am delighted to be here this afternoon would like to thank the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies for asking me to present an award to the winner of their National Competition to design the front cover of the Annual Report of the National Intellectual Disability Database Committee.

The National Federation of Voluntary Bodies is a national umbrella organisation for voluntary and /or non statutory agencies which provide direct services to people with an intellectual disability. The National Federation consists of 61 affiliates who provide approximately 80% of this country’s direct service provision for people with an intellectual disability.

Each year they organise a National Competition amongst their service users to design the front cover of the Annual Report of the National Intellectual Disability Database Committee Annual Report which is published by the Health Research Board.

The Intellectual Disability Database (NIDD) was established on 1995 to ensure that information is available to enable the Department of Health and Children, the Health Service Executive and non-statutory agencies in Ireland to provide appropriate services designed to meet the changing needs of people with intellectual disability and their families.

The information available from the NIDD enables priorities to be set based on an objective evaluation of the needs of people with intellectual disability, and services that are sensitive to these needs can be delivered.

The commitment of all services and agencies involved in the maintenance of the database is significant and their continuing commitment and co-operation is crucial in ensuring the ongoing availability of accurate information.

The winner of this year’s competition whose wonderful design has been used for the cover of the National Intellectual Disability Database Committee’s Report 2005 is Mr Francis Gleeson who attends day services here at Ormond Resources which is part of St. Anne’s Services.

Francis has a great interest in art and crafts in addition to his paintings he makes cards, candles and copper trees. He and his brother James painted a banner celebrating the Special Olympics which was displayed here in Nenagh. I am delighted to be presenting James with a certificate today for his entry in this years Competition.

Francis works one day a week in the Whiskey Still in Dromineer, Co Tipperary and I believe that he plans to use his prizes to further his career in the arts area.

May I take this opportunity to wish everybody involved here in Ormond Resources and the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies good wishes with their continued work and Francis every success in his future and long may he continue to produce his wonderful works of art.