Minister O’Malley Addresses National Federation of Voluntary Bodies Award Ceremony

23 February 2006

Mr Tim O'Malley TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, today (Thursday, 23rd February 2006) addressed the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies National Competition Award Ceremony in Nenagh Tipperary.

The Minister commended the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies for its nationwide work in the provision of services to people with an intellectual disability. Minister O’Malley said “The information available from the NIDD enables priorities to be set based on an objective evaluation of the needs of people with intellectual disability”

The Intellectual Disability Database (NIDD) was established in 1995 to ensure that information is available to enable the Department of Health and Children, the Health Service Executive and non-statutory agencies in Ireland to provide appropriate services designed to meet the changing needs of people with intellectual disability and their families. The information available from the NIDD enables priorities to be set based on an objective evaluation of the needs of people with intellectual disability, and services that are sensitive to these needs can be delivered.

The Minister congratulated everyone involved with the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies on their contribution to the delivery of services to people with intellectual disability and Mr Francis Gleeson whose winning design has been used for the cover of the National Disability Database Committee’s Annual Report 2005.

Minister O’Malley said “The commitment of all services and agencies involved in the maintenance of the database is significant and their continuing commitment and co-operation is crucial in ensuring the ongoing availability of accurate information.”

Full Text of Minister O'Malley's Speech