Budget 2019: main points for health and disability

In light of this week’s budget here are the main points for disability and healthcare.

An extra €1.05 billion in funding for health to include:

  • Extra €150 million for disability services- total 2019 budget €1.8m
  • Extra €84 million for mental health – total 2019 budget €1 billion
  • Extra €20 million for the National Treatment Purchase Fund – total budget 2019 €75 million

In addition

National Conference Video: Donna Kennedy

Donna Kennedy is a three time bestselling author, psychologist, business and life coach and a highly sought after professional speaker. She regularly features in national and international media as an expert in the areas of personal and business development and she has given seminars to thousands of people and companies worldwide. Her work has also been recognised and cited in international journals by leading organisations and faculties. Donna experienced several challenges including an epilepsy diagnosis in her early years but overcame those challenges against all odds.

Epilepsy Ireland Quiz

Epilepsy Ireland is pleased to announce details of our annual table quiz.

Venue: McGrattans, 76 Fitzwilliam Lane, Dublin (Off Baggot Street). 

Date: Thursday November 22nd from 7.30pm.

Cost: €50 for a team of 4.

MC: RTE Gold Broadcaster and Epilpesy Ireland, Patron, Rick O’Shea.

Complimentary finger food and great prizes on offer.

Email to reserve your team. 

National Conference 2018: thank you

A huge thank you to all who attended our National Conference last Saturday. Thanks also to all our fantastic speakers, who included Donna Kennedy and Dr Colin Doherty. Their presentations will be available on our website over the next two weeks. If you are interested in viewing any slides presented on the day, please email

Please see a selection of images below taken by Robbie Fry. 


Epilepsy in Irish psychiatric inpatient settings

A study published in the Irish Medical Journal has found that the prevalence of epilepsy in seven psychiatric inpatient units in Ireland was three times that of general population estimates. The prevalence of epilepsy in the general population is approximately 1% but the study has found that nine of a total of 267 patients (3.4%) in the participating psychiatric inpatient units had a diagnosis of epilepsy.

Epilepsy Ireland's new membership plan!

Since the foundation of Epilepsy Ireland in 1966, we have always been a membership based organisation. This means that we are run by our members in accordance with our constitution for the benefit of people with epilepsy and their families. While technological advances in recent years have made it easier for us all to communicate and form virtual communities, it remains vitally important that there is a strong, vibrant membership base in order to best support and represent the epilepsy community.