International Day of Persons with Disabilities a day to reflect on how we treat our most vulnerable – Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD
The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Health and Children, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD speaking today on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, has said;
“Today offers us an opportunity to look at how we care for those with disabilities. There are over one billion people in the world with some form of disability. Approximately 13% of the population of Ireland have to deal with a disability. These are people who are challenged physically and mentally but also have to deal with the shortcomings of Government and in some cases societal support.
“There is no doubt in my mind but that disability services have not been a priority for the present Government. Sinn Féin calls again for significant investment in these services. We have seen the services cruelly and continually cut since 2008, amounting to an overall cut of €159 million. This needs to be reversed year on year. Government has a duty to ensure an appropriate and equitable service for all who need it.
“People with disabilities have the same rights as anyone else and we must support them to reach their potential in all aspects of life; including full access to education and support to enter the work force where required.
“Today is a day to reflect on how we treat our most vulnerable and to once again demand that the Government properly and equitably provides for all.”