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O’Brien condemns withdrawal of funding for People with Disabilities Ireland

24 November, 2011 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD


Sinn Féin justice and equality spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien TD has condemned the government’s decision to withdraw funding for People with Disabilities Ireland (PwDI) and called on the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter to reverse this decision.

The Cork North Central TD said;

“The government’s decision to withdraw funding for People with Disabilities Ireland will have a devastating effect on its 8,000 members. This organisation was established as the result of “a Strategy for Equality” which the Labour party instigated when previously in government.

“This body has been in operation for 15 years and is the only umbrella organisation which gives a voice to people with disabilities. It is a shame that Kathleen Lynch, Minister for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older People was supportive of the disability sector on being appointed but is now silent on this.

“We are extremely disappointed with the Department’s decision and it demonstrates a complete disregard for the voluntary work of its members. Not only will this have an impact on individuals but it will also have a negative impact on smaller groups across the state. I am calling on the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter to demonstrate a commitment to the empowerment of people with disabilities and intervene and ensure that PwDI receives adequate funding to continue their activities in to the future.”

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