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Disability News for Ireland

Updated/Revised Date: 2022-04-09
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Synopsis: Irish disability and health news and information from both The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, including new Irish medical research. The Republic of Ireland, ratified 21 January 1919 and officially formed on the 6 December 1922, (officially Ireland), a sovereign state that covers five-sixths of the island. Its capital is Dublin. Northern Ireland, established on the 3 May 1921, is a part of the United Kingdom that covers the remaining sixth. Its capital is Belfast. Results from the Northern Ireland Survey of people with Activity Limitations and Disabilities (NISALD) show that 18% of the Northern Ireland population of all ages living in private households face limitations in their daily living as a consequence of a disability or long-term condition.

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Ireland is the third-largest island in Europe and the twentieth-largest island in the world. It lies to the northwest of continental Europe and is surrounded by hundreds of islands and islets. To the east of Ireland is Great Britain, separated from it by the Irish Sea. Ireland is occupied by two political entities:


Disability Allowance in Ireland

This is a long-term means-tested weekly allowance made to people with a disability from the age of 16 onwards. The disability must be expected to last at least a year, and allowance is subject to medical suitability. If you qualify for Disability Allowance, you may also get extra social welfare benefit with your payment and other supplementary welfare payments.

Blind Welfare Allowance

This is a means-tested supplementary payment to a person who is blind or has low vision and is getting a maintenance payment from the Department of Social and Family Affairs (such as Disability Allowance), and who needs extra support or resources to meet their needs.

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Disability Statistics for Ireland 2006 - 2007

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