Funding for iCare must be ensured
FIANNA Fáil TD for
Donegal Charlie McConalogue has called on Minister
with responsibility for Disability Finian McGrath to
ensure that annual funding is provided to iCare and
The Bluestack Special Needs Foundation.
Both service providers were unsuccessful in their
application to the “Ability” programme last year,
but Minister McGrath allocated a one off allocation
of funding from the HSE.
Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal
commented, “These two organisations provide
exceptional support services and activities for
children with special needs and autism and their
families across Donegal. These are voluntary
organisations and depend solely on funding from the
government and fundraising.
“The funding allocated last year has now almost run
out and it is essential that recurrent funding is
allocated to these organisations as part of the 2019
Local HSE Service Plan. I am urging Minister McGrath
to ensure that additional funding is provided to
CHO1 so that annual funding can be made available to
both these groups.
“Minister McGrath has himself acknowledged the
excellent work undertaken by both groups in
providing services to young people with disabilities
and special needs. We now need him to ensure that
funding is provided so that this excellent work can
be continued”, concluded Deputy McConalogue.