DFI Welcomes Restoration of SSNO Funds to Disability Organisations

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18 July

Dublin

The Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) today welcomed the announcement from the Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly, that 23 disability organisations are to see their funding continued under the Scheme to Support National Organisations for a twelve-month period.

Under today’s development, these organisations will see this support reinstated, along with eight other organisations from the wider community and voluntary sector.  The funding has been made available as a bridging provision for a twelve-month period, with the amount granted to each organisation based on their allocation so far this year.

Chief Executive of DFI, John Dolan, stated, “We have fought hard to see this funding restored since the announcement of the 2014-2016 SSNO allocations just over two weeks ago, and our response is one of sheer relief that 23 disability organisations will continue to receive funding for a further year.  The support we have received from members of the Oireachtas and the early decision by Minister Kelly in taking this practical and necessary step is appreciated”.

He continued, “DFI looks forward to working with the Minister and the Department to ensure that the continuation of this necessary funding is secured and to enable the community-focused work of these and other organisations to carry on.  The future of this country rests on whether we’re going to be an open, inclusive and participatory society; community services and supports must be protected and invested in so that this future fully includes people with disabilities”.

Mr Dolan concluded, “This funding secures the delivery of vital community-based supports and services for the year ahead, and it comes as a welcome relief”.

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  • John Dolan     Chief Executive Officer                      086 795 7467

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