Saturday, April 29, 2017

In this opinion piece, David Quinn, Managing Director of Pascal Software, Board member of Inclusion Ireland and member of the Social Democrat party, has taken a close look at the current Irish taxation system. Here he offers a view of a different way of doing it, to be more equitable and eliminate the poverty trap for low-income earners, which could benefit people at all levels of society, including people with disabilities...

Back in the 1930’s, The New Deal was an imaginative but wholly necessary series of programmes enacted in America between 1933 and 1938. They were inspired and enacted by Franklin D. Roosevelt

In advance of the Fine Gael / Labour government’s “Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities”, Kate Butler of Thundercut Alley takes a look at independent living initiatives and opportunities for people with disabilities, and the barriers faced in accessing them due to systemic discrimination and the lack of consistency across services and planning.

This year, a 17 year old girl was given the brilliant opportunity of doing work experience at RTÉ, on the set of Winning Streak. However, because she was a minor and had an intellectual disability, RTÉ requested that she would have support with her.....

Andrew Murray tells us about his sucesses in College, sport and his busy work life. Work has made him more independent, allowing him to have new experinces, meet new people and build his confidence.

Andrew-Murray eating food

Born in Hong Kong 7 April 1992. Moved to Dublin in July 2000- I have one older brother, James and a younger Sister, Lianne. I love travelling and meeting people. I play golf, table tennis and basketball with Blackrock Flyers Special Olympics club. I won a silver medal for golf at the national games in Limerick last year. I did the CCL course in Trinity College from 2010 to 2012.

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Helen McQuillan, Project Leader, explains Let’s Get Started, Brothers of Charity Clare – a new project to aid those with disabilities who wish to start their own business.

L to R: Fran Frey, Pauline Malone, Rebecca Fowler, who set up ‘Upstairs Downstairs’, a second hand vintage charity shop in Ennistymon, Co. Clare

Supported self-employment is a relatively new concept in Ireland. A pilot project—Let’s Get Started—led by the Brothers of Charity Clare service and funded by The Genio Trust—is exploring the best ways to help individuals with a disability or illness to plan and set up a small business in their local are, with family and community supports.

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The Walkways project team: Catherine Kelly, Project Leader; Des Henry, Project Coordinator and Margaret Bergin describe their project

PEER ‘buddy’ trainees

WALK is a progressive organisation where people who have intellectual disabilities are supported to live self-determined lives within socially inclusive communities. WALK is an innovative, forward-thinking organisation that is renowned for leading change within the community and voluntary sector...

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Pauline O’Dwyer explains the services provided by Employability Galway

Róisín McDonagh, EmployAbility Galway, accepts the Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh from Minister of State for the Gaeltacht, Dinny McGinley TD, April 2012.

EmployAbility Galway ( is one of the national network of 23 supported employment services funded by Department of Social Protection. Founded in 2001 as Galway Supported Employment Consortium Ltd., since 2009 we have been trading as EmployAbility Galway. Our Board of Directors give their time voluntarily and are senior-level managers in Ability West, Brothers of Charity Services and Rehabcare. We have six full-time staff...

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Orla Coppinger explains the two year project which aims to give access to the labour market to those with an intellectual disability

The Brothers of Charity Services Galway have embarked on an exciting new ‘Let’s Get to Work’ supported employment initiative, under the Disability Activation Project launched by Pobal, which is a not-for-profit company which manages programmes on behalf of the Irish government and the EU. Pobal promotes social and economic inclusion, reconciliation and equality through the piloting of new initiatives...

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COME IN, WE’RE OPEN! Celebrating the launch of the Open Door project are Carmel Hanley, Michael Boylan (left) and Michael DeLoughrey (right), Western Care, Belmullet, Co. Mayo.

A new project to engage with employers across the Border, Midlands, West (BMW) region and to increase the number of people with disabilities working in the open labour market was launched recently by Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan TD...