18.7.2014 NAI spokesperson welcomes Minister Alan Kelly's decision but a long term solution is required

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18th July 2014

BRAIN CHARITIES UMBRELLA WELCOMES REPRIEVE FROM MINISTER BUT A LONG TERM SOLUTION IS REQUIRED

 

The Neurological Alliance of Ireland (NAI) welcomes the step taken by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Alan Kelly, today to restore its funding for a twelve month period in order to allow a review to take place. Funding will also be sustained to ten of its member organisations which provide frontline supports to people living with neurological conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, Huntington's disease and motor neurone disease.  

The decision to restore funding under the Scheme to Support National Organisations (SSNO) means that the NAI, the only advocacy group representing 700,000 Irish people will be able to remain in existence, pending the outcome of the review.

Professor Orla Hardiman, co-founder and spokesperson for the NAI welcomed the decision "This is a very sensible step by the new Minister which recognises the need to prevent the withdrawal of vital services and representation for society's most vulnerable. This is certainly a sign of the new approach heralded by the Government".

 

Professor Hardiman highlighted the crucial importance of the proposed joint review by the Department of the Environment and Department of Health of the organisations funded under the SSNO scheme "This is a real opportunity to ensure that the work of neurological charities, including the NAI, is appropriately funded so that they can continue to work in partnership with the State, the model of patient organisations which work closely with health professionals is one I see every day in my work, and its hugely effective. The NAI as the crucial link, bringing all this together, has to be put on a secure funding basis so that we can plan and deliver for the future".

 

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Notes for Editors

The Neurological Alliance of Ireland is the national umbrella group for over thirty neurological charities working to promote the development of services and supports for all those affected by neurological conditions. It advocates for 700,000 Irish people with neurological conditions and their families, creating awareness, providing information and contributing to the development of policy in this area.

 

To organise interviews with Professor Hardiman, contact Mags Rogers at 086 1216957

 

 
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