John Brady TD pays tribute to those who have made the ratification of the UNCRPD a reality
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection, John Brady TD, has welcomed the long-awaited ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (UNCRPD), in the Dáil this evening.
Speaking during the Dáil debate, Teachta Brady paid a special tribute to the late disability campaigner John Doyle who played his part in ensuring that this day would come, because of his and others’ unwavering dedication and commitment throughout the years.
Teachta Brady said:
“Today is a good day. It sends out a signal that Ireland acknowledges, respects, and values all of our citizens, including those living with a disability.
“Today is also a day for ensuring that the ratification of the UNCRPD is followed by all of the necessary legislation needed to ensure that there is real meaning behind the ratification.
"Signing the convention is one thing but enacting rights for disabled citizens is another, and that is what is important here.
“In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to be told to sit at the back of the bus. Here, in this State people with disabilities find it near impossible to even get on the bus, or any other public transport, for that matter.
"I want to commend Padraic Moran for exposing the difficulties people with disabilities face every day in trying to access public transport.
"Access to transport must be a priority for both Minister Ross and Minister McGrath, in this regard.
“If this ratification is to mean anything we need to give a platform to people with Disabilities, people like Padraic, and we need to listen to them and their experiences in order to make life better for them.
“From the dangerous levels of deprivation experienced by people with Disabilities to the absence of a replacement for the Mobility Allowance and the Motorised Transport Grant, there is much to do.
"If we ensure that people with Disabilities are central to everything we do, then the sky is the limit.”