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Government must publish comprehensive rights-based disability legislation

29 September, 2003

Sinn Féin County Councillor Gerry Murray has called on the Government to publish its comprehensive rights-based disability legislation in November 2003. Councillor Murray said he was amazed at how Government cuts backs were impacting on people with disabilities. Many Parents have contacted me in relation to resource teachers not been made available to their children, while even school transport has not escaped the wrath of the Government's cuts, and all of this in the aftermath of the Special Olympics.

Councillor Murray said:

"Following the debacle of its totally inadequate disability legislation which was rejected by people with disabilities and withdrawn last year, the Government has given a clear commitment to publish a new Disability Bill in November. This legislation must be rights-based. It must recognise that every person living with a disability has the legally enforceable right to have their whole person recognised, their capabilities valued and developed to full potential, and their dignity respected. People with disabilities must have the right to access appropriate, coordinated services. The state has the duty to provide such services, as well as proper individual needs assessments.

"Sinn Féin in the Dail will be holding the Government to its promise to publish such legislation in November. People with disabilities must not be disappointed yet again."ENDS

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