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Doolan attends conference to mark The International Day of Disabled Persons

3 December, 2004

Sinn Féin Representative for Dublin South East Councillor Daithí Doolan speaking today following a disabilities conference hosted by "People with Disabilities in Ireland" to mark The International Day of Disabled Persons said, "The adoption of the Barcelona Declaration was a major step forward but is only a stepping stone to ensuring that we make our towns, cities and society more open and accessible to those with disabilities."

"To ensure this progress is built on, the government must redouble their efforts to make sure that the disabilities bill currently going through the Oireachtas is a rights based bill that can receive the endorsement of all those with disabilities in this state.

"To make the Barcelona Declaration a reality in Dublin we must:

  • ensure proper consultations with the disability groups
  • get Dublin City Council in tune with the principles of the Barcelona Declaration
  • agree on an action plan with timelines for the implementation for agreed action
  • ringfence resources to tackle priority actions.

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