Fine Gael Senator Cáit Keane has welcomed the announcement by the Government that funding has been restored to 30 organisations under the Scheme to Support National Organisations (SSNO). This funding will last for 12 months before being reviewed by Pobal, and will cost €1.28 million. Just some of the organisations who will benefit include:
- The Dyslexia Association of Ireland,
- Irish Deaf Society
- Arthritis Ireland,
- The Irish Heart Foundation
- Suas Educational Development.
Fine Gael Senator for Dublin South- West Cáit Keane, has welcomed this week’s news that €30 million is to be made available for dementia care and research. Atlantic Philanthropies are to make grants of €14.7 million available to improve the care and wellbeing of people living with dementia in Ireland. This will be matched by funding from the HSE and the Department of Health.
“The news of €14.7 million in grants from Atlantic Philanthropies to improve the care and wellbeing of people living with dementia is very welcome. The HSE will providing matching funding of some €15 million for the three priority areas of intensive home care supports, GP education and training, and dementia awareness.
I welcome the Minister to the House. As was said, we must wake up to the problem. The Minister has been, and has been shown to be, very courageous and wide awake. He went into the Department with his eyes wide open and his actions have demonstrated courage. He could never be accused of not being courageous. He has been a very courageous Minister who took a stand where necessary and on issues where other Governments failed.
Today we are talking about the climate change Bill. Before I became a Senator I looked at things from the outside and had great faith and hope that something would done about climate change, particularly as the Minister at the time was John Gormley. Perhaps he got an anaesthetic and slept during his watch. However, I commend and compliment the current Minister, Deputy Hogan, on his assurances.