I very much welcome news that the Government has agreed to provide an additional €2 million in funding for Rehab.
The group faced a funding crisis as a result of additional health services it provided during the recession years, coupled with rising insurance and regulation compliance costs.
Rehab provides a whole range of services throughout Rural Ireland, in particular for people with disabilities, both physical and intellectual.
I had meetings with Minister for Health Simon Harris and Minister of State for Disability Issues Finian McGrath about the funding crisis facing Rehab, which was causing great distress to those whose services were under threat.
We had a lot of representations to the constituency office from people who were worried and I am very pleased that the situation has now been resolved.
Three thousand adults and children use services provided by Rehab, which employs 1,500 people at 117 locations around Ireland.
The organisation held an information briefing for members of the Oireachtas at Leinster House yesterday ahead of the agreement.