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Sinn Féin in government would protect people with disabilities, not abandon them - Ó Clochartaigh

16 February, 2016


Sinn Féin General Election candidate Trevor Ó Clochartaigh has said Sinn Féin in government would protect people with disabilities, not abandon them, as has been the case with successive governments.

Speaking today, as Fianna Fáil launched their policy to support disability inclusion, he said

“Fianna Fáil, followed in turn by Fine Gael and the Labour Party, all promised to protect and prioritise people with disabilities. In power they did the opposite.

“From 2008 to 2011 Fianna Fáil cut close to €64.4 million from the disability services budget while at the same time using the State's coffers to bail out bankers and developers. 

“That was the default reaction of Fianna Fáil during the crisis - protect the wealthy and make cuts to the most vulnerable.

“The outcome of these austerity policies for people with disabilities and their families has been devastating.

The Galway West-South Mayo candidate continued, 

“Sinn Féin in Government will extend an automatic full medical card to every child qualifying got the Domiciliary Care Allowance and introduce a secure medical card for people with disabilities, immune from changes to household finances or employment status. 

“We will tackle further barriers to employment for people with disabilities by opening positive mainstream jobseeker supports to people with disabilities on a voluntary basis.

“We will increase investment in disability specific services, personal assistant hours and respite care services.

“Sinn Féin in government would protect people with disabilities, not abandon them.” ENDS

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