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Press Release - The 10th International Day of Persons with Disabilities »»

Press Release - The 10th International Day of Persons with Disabilities What: The 10th International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which coincides with the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) When:...


Press Release from the Disability Federation of Ireland: Nov. 21st , 2016, Dublin Castle, Conference Centre »»

Press Release from the Disability Federation of Ireland: Nov. 21st , 2016, Dublin Castle, Conference Centre The People, Their Stories at #MakeItWorkDFI   At a major conference today in Dublin Castle organised by the Disability Federation of Ireland, a capacity audience heard that everyone...


BUDGET 2017 Must Deliver on Government’s Promises to People with Disabilities »»

BUDGET 2017 Must Deliver on Government’s Promises to People with Disabilities   JOINT PRE-BUDGET STATEMENT ISSUED BY EIGHT LEADING DISABILITY ORGANISATIONS, 29 September 2016   September 2016 – We, the under-signed national voluntary disability umbrella...


Press statement from Disability Federation, 23 August 2016 »»

Press statement from Disability Federation, 23 August 2016 The Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) has forwarded a review of the Government’s first 100 days in office to all cabinet members, in light of the commitments to disability made in ‘A...


Government need to clarify plans on income support for people with disabilities »»

Government need to clarify plans on income support for people with disabilities The Disability Federation of Ireland has said that the controversy caused by ministerial briefing documents, which suggest cost saving measures for payments to people with disabilities, is causing...


Disability Federation of Ireland welcomes the publication of the Programme for Government »»

Disability Federation of Ireland welcomes the publication of the Programme for Government The Disability Federation of Ireland has welcomed the publication of the Programme for Government. The CEO of the Disability Federation of Ireland, Senator John Dolan, said: “After a...


Disability Federation of Ireland Welcomes Appointment of Super Junior Minister for Disability Inclusion »»

Disability Federation of Ireland Welcomes Appointment of Super Junior Minister for Disability Inclusion DFI Press Release The Disability Federation of Ireland has warmly welcomed the appointment of Finian MGrath, TD as Minister for Disability. Congratulating Minister McGrath on his new position,...


John Dolan elected to Seanad Éireann - Statement from Disability Federation of Ireland, 28 April 2016 »»

John Dolan elected to Seanad Éireann - Statement from Disability Federation of Ireland, 28 April 2016 Press Release John Dolan, CEO Disability Federation of Ireland, elected to Seanad Éireann DFI welcomes the appointment of John Dolan to the Administrative Panel of Seanad Éireann. DFI...


Disability Federation concerned that Political Impasse is Impacting on People with Disabilities »»

Disability Federation concerned that Political Impasse is Impacting on People with Disabilities Statement from Disability Federation of Ireland, 10th April 2016  The Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) is deeply concerned that the present remarkable delay in forming a Government...


Launch of SOLA - The Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Quality in the Community and Voluntary Sector »»

Launch of SOLA  - The Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Quality in the Community and Voluntary Sector Launch of SOLA  - The Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Quality in the Community and Voluntary Sector Media Release 27 November 2015 Quality in organisations in the community,...


Press Release: Comprehensive Employment Strategy Launch »»

Press Release: Comprehensive Employment Strategy Launch 2nd October 2015 – The Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) today acknowledged the publication of the Comprehensive Employment Strategy, however they have raised concerns that the strategy...


Press Release: National Economic Dialogue Must Address the Real Issues »»

Press Release: National Economic Dialogue Must Address the Real Issues Tuesday 14th July 2015 - The Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) are one of a number of organisations invited by Government to attend the ‘National Economic Dialogue’ in Dublin Castle...


Press Release: DFI and NAI relieved at reinstatement of SSNO funding »»

Press Release: DFI and NAI relieved at reinstatement of SSNO funding The Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) and the Neurological Alliance of Ireland (NAI) announced today that they were relieved that the Scheme to Support National Organisations (SSNO) funding had...


Press Release: By Election Candidate Event 28th April »»

Press Release: By Election Candidate Event 28th April Tuesday 28th April – Tonight, the Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) has invited a number of candidates standing in the Carlow Kilkenny By-election to an event in Bagenalstown so that they...


DFI states free GP care roll out is “wrong decision by Government” »»

DFI states free GP care roll out is “wrong decision by Government” 13 April 2015 - The Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) has expressed concern regarding the announcement over the weekend that a deal had been reached with doctors' representatives regarding...


DFI Disappointed at Response to Recent Aras Attracta Inspections »»

DFI Disappointed at Response to Recent Aras Attracta Inspections Dublin, 1 April 2015 The Disability Federation of Ireland is disappointed with the response to the issues which emerged in the recent Aras Attracta inspections.   Allen Dunne, Deputy...


CEO John Dolan in the Irish Times »»

CEO John Dolan in the Irish Times People with disabilities and their families will view the current round of party conferences as a marker on whether or not their voices are being heard. These conferences will be “setting out...


DFI Response to Prime Time Investigates Programme »»

DFI Response to Prime Time Investigates Programme Dublin, 9th December - The Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) stated that it is “gravely concerned and shocked” by the footage shown in the Prime Time Investigates programme this evening...


DFI Response to HSE Service Plan 2015 »»

DFI Response to HSE Service Plan 2015 Disability Federation Concerned with Lack of Investment in Services The Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) today welcomed the publication of the HSE Service Plan and the allocation of an extra...


Budget 2015 doesn’t start the recovery for people with disabilities »»

Budget 2015 doesn’t start the recovery for people with disabilities Dublin, 14th October 2014 The Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) stated that the measures announced in Budget 2015 today do not have the vision or ambition to ensure that people with disabilities...


DFI calls on Government to Invest in Personal and Social Services in Budget 2015 »»

DFI calls on Government to Invest in Personal and Social Services in Budget 2015 Press Release by the Disability Federation of Ireland 23rd September 2014; Dublin The Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) today called for the Government to invest in personal and social...


Joint Statement: To call on Government to develop a cross-departmental plan to restore and grow funding for public services »»

Joint Statement: To call on Government to develop a cross-departmental plan to restore and grow funding for public services The Care Alliance Ireland, Disability Federation of Ireland, Irish Rural Link, Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups, National Youth Council of Ireland and The Wheel call on Government to develop...


‘Minister Varadkar raises key issue in regard to services’ says John Dolan of the Disability Federation of Ireland »»

‘Minister Varadkar raises key issue in regard to services’ says John Dolan of the Disability Federation of Ireland 12th September 2014 Dublin The Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, recently revealed his belief that people would be unlikely to welcome modest increases to their income in Budget 2015 “if...


Almost 10,000 more disabled people could benefit from Water Charge Allowance through structure change »»

Almost 10,000 more disabled people could benefit from Water Charge Allowance through structure change 1st August Dublin The Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) is today urging Government to review the structure and management of water charges to avoid pushing people with disabilities into...


DFI Welcomes the Restoration of SSNO Funds to Disability Organisations »»

DFI Welcomes the Restoration of SSNO Funds to Disability Organisations 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...


DFI Calls On Government to Restore SSNO Funding to Disability Organisations »»

DFI Calls On Government to Restore SSNO Funding to Disability Organisations 16 July 2014 Dublin The Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) today called on Government to restore €1.2 million in funding lost to 26 disability organisations before the commencement...


DFI Highlights Huge Concern at Withdrawal of Government Funding to Disability Sector: Press Release; 9th July 2014 »»

DFI Highlights Huge Concern at Withdrawal of Government Funding to Disability Sector: Press Release; 9th July 2014 Press Release Dublin, 9 July 2014 The Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) today urged the newly formed Cabinet to reinstate funding to 26 organisations supporting people with disabilities. 26...


Disability Federation of Ireland Urges Support for PA Service in Seanad »»

Disability Federation of Ireland Urges Support for PA Service in Seanad Press Release Wednesday, 7 May 2014 The Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) is urging Senators to vote in favour of the motion on the Personal Assistant (PA) service for people with disabilities...


Disability Federation of Ireland Calls on People with Disabilities and Disability Organisations to Engage in Local Government Reform »»

Disability Federation of Ireland Calls on People with Disabilities and Disability Organisations to Engage in Local Government Reform ‘Citizen Engagement – Local Government by Local People’ Dublin Castle, 3rd April 2014  The message emerging from the DFI National  Conference, being organised by...


DFI launches report highlighting importance of personal assistant services for people with disabilities »»

DFI launches report highlighting importance of personal assistant services for people with disabilities Press Release Dublin, Thursday 6th February 2014 Today, Thursday 6th February, the Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) launched a report highlighting the importance of community based services...


DFI Welcomes the Charities Regulator Announcement »»

DFI Welcomes the Charities Regulator Announcement Media Release  17th January 2014, Dublin The Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) today (17th January) welcomes Charities Regulator Announcement.  John Dolan, CEO of DFI stated,...


Changes to Housing Grants Causing Grave Concern »»

Changes to Housing Grants Causing Grave Concern Media Release by Disability Federation of Ireland Dublin, 9th January 2014 The Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) today expressed concern at the changes announced in the media to the Housing...


DFI Urges Government To Take Action On Disability Following Its Mid-Term Review - 30th December 2013 »»

DFI Urges Government To Take Action On Disability  Following Its Mid-Term Review - 30th December 2013 Press Release Dublin, Friday 27th December The Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) is seeking the appointment of a Senior Minister for Disability Inclusion following its Mid-Term Review...


Bailout exited, but recession still impacting on people with disabilities, Press Release: 13th December 2013 »»

Bailout exited, but recession still impacting on people with disabilities, Press Release: 13th December 2013 Press Release from Disability Federation of Ireland Dublin, 13th December 2013 Ireland will exit the bailout on the 16th December, but the message emerging today from the Disability Federation...


Quality and Innovation in Voluntary Disability Organisations Highlighted at UL/DFI Symposium - Media Release, 5th December 2013 »»

Quality and Innovation in Voluntary Disability Organisations Highlighted at UL/DFI Symposium - Media Release, 5th December 2013 Media Release 5th December 2013 On Friday the 29th of November in the Pavilion, University of Limerick, the Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) and the Enterprise Research Centre, University...


Chair of Neuroscience praises online portal to neurological charities in Ireland. »»

Chair of Neuroscience praises online portal to neurological charities in Ireland. Neuronetwork developed by Neurological Alliance of Ireland and the Disability Federation of Ireland Press release Thursday 21st November 2013 Ireland has a long track record of positive working...


Disability Federation of Ireland Raises Concerns Over Medical Card Review »»

Disability Federation of Ireland Raises Concerns Over Medical Card Review 18th October 2013 Dublin The Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) today raised a number of concerns regarding the review of medical cards announced by Minister Reilly in Budget 2014. The...


Budget 2014 confirms that there is no coherent plan of action for people with disabilities »»

Budget 2014 confirms that there is no coherent plan of action for people with disabilities 15th October 2013 Dublin The Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) has expressed disappointment at the Government’s failure to protect and invest in people with disabilities...


Budget 2014 – Time for Government to demonstrate its commitment to People with Disabilities and those with Mental Health Needs »»

Budget 2014 – Time for Government to demonstrate its commitment to People with Disabilities and those with Mental Health Needs Statement issued to media by eight national voluntary disability organisations in Buswells Hotel at 10.30am on Monday 30th September 2013   (L to R) Michael McCabe: Center for...


Joint Statement by Six Organisations: 23rd September 2013 »»

Joint Statement by Six Organisations: 23rd September 2013 23rd September 2013 The Care Alliance Ireland, Disability Federation of Ireland, Irish Rural Link, Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups, National Youth Council of Ireland and The Wheel call...


Media Coverage of the Publication National Disability Strategy Implementation Plan »»

Media Coverage of the Publication National Disability Strategy Implementation Plan July 2013 Below are links to the media coverage regarding the publication by the Government of the NDS Implementation Plan on Monday 29th July 2013. Allen Dunne, Deputy CEO of Disability...


Publication of the National Disability Strategy Implementation Plan - Press Release by DFI, 29th July 2013 »»

Publication of the National Disability Strategy Implementation Plan - Press Release by DFI, 29th July 2013 Publication of the National Disability Strategy Implementation Plan Press Release by the Disability Federation of Ireland 29th July 2013 The Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) today...


Launch of Research: “Living in the Community: Services and Supports for People with Disabilities.” »»

Launch of Research: “Living in the Community: Services and Supports for People with Disabilities.” Services and Supports for People with Disabilities Often Hidden From View Report by Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) and Not for Profit Business Association (NfPBA) launched...


DISABILITY FEDERATION SHOCKED BY WITHDRAWAL OF MOBILITY ALLOWANCE »»

DISABILITY FEDERATION SHOCKED BY WITHDRAWAL OF MOBILITY ALLOWANCE 26th February 2013, Dublin - The Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) are today shocked by the Department of Health’s announcement of the withdrawal of the Mobility Allowance scheme...


UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities it’s Time for Ireland »»

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities it’s Time for Ireland European Disability Forum and the Disability Federation of Ireland Media release Dublin, 24 February 2013  The European Disability Forum (EDF) and the Disability Federation of Ireland...


Press Releases from DFI in 2012 »»

Press Releases from DFI in 2012 January to December 2012 For more details contact: Jacqueline Grogan, Communcations Officer Mobile: 086 388 2600 Landline: 01 7080108 E: jacquelinegrogan@disability-federation.ie ...


Press Releases from DFI in 2011 »»

Press Releases from DFI in 2011 January to December 2011 For more details contact: Jacqueline Grogan, Communcations Officer Mobile: 086 388 2600 Landline: 01 7080108 E: jacquelinegrogan@disability-federation.ie ...


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