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Disability rights campaign succeeds in collecting 1 million signatures

2 October, 2007

Sinn Féin Equality Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has announced that the 1million4disability campaign has successfully collected 1 million signatures to put pressure on the European Commission and individual states to deliver disability rights in all aspects of life. Deputy Ó Snodaigh said Sinn Féin had taken up the gauntlet with signature drives throughout the Thirty-Two Counties as the deadline for the collection of signatures was fast approaching with Ireland falling 4,000 short.

The Dublin TD said, "I am delighted to announce that the 1million4disability has successfully met its target of collecting 1 million signatures for presentation to the European Commission and President of the European Parliament on October 4th.

"Two weeks ago, with Ireland lagging 4,000 signatures behind its target, Sinn Féin took up the gauntlet with signature drives throughout the Thirty-Two Counties to ensure that we met our own targets and I am delighted to announce that this target was met and far exceeded.

"The campaign is about getting the EU to introduce effective legislation to combat all forms of discrimination and guarantee full inclusion of the more than 50 million people in the member states who live with disabilities.

"The 1million signatures collected by the campaign sends a huge message to the European Parliament that must not be ignored and to member states that discrimination on the basis of disability is no longer acceptable and that equality legislation must be introduced.

"I would like to congratulate all those involved in this hugely successful and important campaign and I would call on our own Justice Minister Brian Lenihan to look at amending the Disability Act 2005 with a view to taking on board some of the recommendations I made at the time to ensure that people with disabilities are not discriminated against in Ireland." ENDS

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