Buttimer congratulates new chairperson of National Disability Authority

Tuesday, 17th September 2014

  • Ms Helen Guinan appointed chairperson-designate of the National Disability Authority. 

Jerry Buttimer TD with Helen Guinan - Chairperson National Disability AuthorityHelen Guinan is a person of exceptional ability and integrity, she has vast experience in the area of disability policy and will make an excellent chairperson of the National Disability Authority.  Ms Guinan’s experience, as a principal of a large school for people with disabilities and at a policy level make her an ideal candidate for this position.

At a national level Ms Guinan has been involved in policy development and with a number of organisations, including the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, the National Council for Special Education and the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies.  Having both practical and policy experience Ms Guinan will be of great assistance to the National Disability Authority in advising Government and public bodies about the policy issues that affect people with disabilities.

I have known Ms Guinan for many years, both when she was principal of St Paul’s Special School in Cork and also through her involvement with the COPE Foundation.  She has always been a great advocate for people with disabilities and I am sure that she will continue to be a strong advocate in her new role.

I would like to congratulate Ms Guinan on her appearance before the Oireachtas Justice Committee today and wish her every success in her new role as chairperson of the National Disability Authority.

Posted under Cork, Health, Justice & Equality, National Work

Buttimer welcomes 150 New Jobs at Mater Private, City Gate Mahon

Thursday, 11th September 2014

  • 150 new jobs at the Mater Private, City Gate, Mahon, Cork. 


Taoiseach at Mater Private jobs announcementThis investment by Mater Private, creating 150 new jobs, continues the trend of recent jobs announcements for the Cork region. It again recognises the vibrancy of the region and demonstrates that Cork is a place where highly skilled people and businesses want to base themselves. I congratulate all involved in this expansion of Mater Private in Cork and I look forward to the benefits to our city of another 150 new jobs.

The jobs announced today will include doctors, nurses and postgraduate research roles. I hope that this will give an opportunity for career development to those working in the relevant fields, that it might provide an opportunity for some people who left Ireland to seek work to return home and continue their careers.

As well as the extra jobs created by Mater Private this announcement will also impact on health services. Having extra frontline staff will increase the health services offered to the people of Cork.  The development of health services is of crucial importance and these new roles will provide further opportunities to access much needed healthcare.


Posted under Cork, Cork City, Health, Jobs Enterprise & Innovation, South East

Buttimer welcomes Minister’s decision on funding under SSNO scheme

Friday, July 18th 2014

  • Minister for the Environment restores funding to a number of health, disability and other organisations following review of the SSNO scheme

A number of organisations which provide great work were left not just extremely disappointed, but facing closure, after they failed to secure funding under the Scheme to Support National Organisations (SSNO).

I expressed concern about the impact of this on the groups involved on a number of occasions over the last few weeks. Many of these groups only get a small amount of funding from the Government, but it is absolutely vital for their survival. And without their good work, minority groups would suffer.

Minister Kelly has now decided to restore funding to groups which had previously received monies under the scheme, and which submitted valid applications this year. Bridging finance totalling just under €1.3 million for a 12 month period is being approved to avoid a sudden and adverse impact on these organisations.

A review will now be undertaken to ensure public money is being well spent and that there is no unnecessary duplication. While we must ensure efficiency and transparency, we must also not lose sight of humanity in the process. Small groups such as those funded under the SSNO scheme provide fantastic support, and I am glad that they can now plan ahead for the next twelve months with certainty.

Posted under Children & Youth Affairs, Environment, Health, National Work