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

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.

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.