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Advocacy services to start January 2011

The Minister for Social Protection, Eamon O Cuiv, announced to Michael Ring (FG, Mayo) that the Citizen’s Information Board would set up the National Advocacy Service for people with disabilities in January 2011, providing, independent, representative advocacy services.  Existing pilots, which had helped more than 5,000 people, would be replaced by five regional teams in Dublin, Westmeath, Offaly, Waterford and Leitrim, who would be supplemented by advocacy support workers in the mainstream services (Dail Eireann, Debates, 30th November 2010, 586).  Funding would be €3.2m in 2011 within the board’s allocation.