Independent Senator Rónán Mullen has secured a commitment from the Minister of State for Disability Issues, Finian McGrath, that he will provide interim funding to the National Platform of Self-Advocates to enable it to continue its work.
Senator Mullen raised the need for urgent financial support for the organisaiton with the Minister of State during a Commencement Matter debate in the Seanad earlier today:
“The National Platform for Self-Advocates is Ireland’s first disabled persons’ organisation (DPO) and the only one to consist of and be directed solely by people with intellectual disabilities.
“Up to this afternoon however it was faced with the threat of imminent closure and the loss of service to its members after the discontinuation of private philanthropic support.
“I am therefore delighted to confirm that this threat has been removed in the short term following a commitment from the Minister that interim funding will be offered enabling the National Platform to continue in its vital leadership role.
“This is a significant and positive development.
“I took the opportunity however to impress upon the Minister the urgent need to provide greater detail and substance around how he intends to secure a long term and financially stable source of funding.
“The National Platform of Self-Advocates provides an exemplary model of participatory decision-making for people with physical and intellectual disabilities.
“It is noteworthy that that this news of guaranteed interim funding has come on the International Day of People with Disabilities.
“I will continue to make every effort to help ensure that credible, stable and meaningful support is provided to this organisation and others doing vital work in the disability sector,” concluded Senator Mullen.