Sinn Féin advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities
Sinn Féin MEP for Ireland South, Liadh Ní Riada, has pledged to support the implementation of the Convention of Rights for Persons with Disabilities.
Ms Ní Riada was representing the Budget Committee at a meeting with groups representing persons with disabilities.
‘’We had a very productive meeting where representatives of persons with disabilities presented their issues to us.
“However, during the meeting I was embarrassed, as an Irish MEP, to reveal that Ireland is among the only three member states of the European Union that has not yet ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. What message is that sending to the 595,355 Irish people who are recorded as having a disability?
‘’It’s really typical of the ruling parties of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael that while they pontificate the message of equality and treating all the children of the nation equally, they have yet to sign up to the convention. This is really an example of hypocrisy at its height.
“On the budget Committee, we oversee and coordinate the process of adopting the annual budget, through which disability-related activities are funded, be it in policy areas or through the institutions' administrative expenditure.
“This puts me in a position to scrutinise these areas more closely and I will work with groups representing persons with disabilities on what we can do from a budgetary aspect to assist them.
“My colleague Martina Anderson, as Vice Chair of the disability intergroup in the European Parliament, has worked intensively on this, and we will continue to work together to ensure the case of those with disabilities is strong on the agenda.”