by Andrew Power
According to Martin Murphy of the Epoch Times, Minister for Social Protection, Éamon Ó Cuív, TD on Tuesday announced that a new National Advocacy Service will be set up for people with disabilities under the guidance of the Citizens Information Board.
The Minister explained further that the new service will have a regional focus with five teams servicing the nation, this new approach will replace the existing pilot projects which provided assistance to more than 5,000 people with disabilities. The Citizens Information Services in Dublin, Westmeath, Offaly, Waterford and Leitrim will be tasked with the running of these new services.
The new service will be in place from January 2011 and is scheduled to start as the Citizens Information Board 5-year national pilot programme finishes.