People with disabilities must have real access to the labour market – Quinlivan
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Maurice Quinlivan TD has called on the government to stop dragging its feet on the issue of rights for people with disabilities. Speaking following indications from the Minister of State with responsibility for Disability that the government may ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by the end of the year, Deputy Quinlivan said:
“This is important legislation and I welcome any moves towards its ratification.
“The government have dragged its feet on this issue and turned a blind eye to the rights of disabled people.
“Despite signing the Convention in March 2007, Ireland now has the unique distinction of being the only EU country not to ratify the Convention.
“The government also failed to resource the implementation of the Comprehensive Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities 2015-2024.
“Instead they allowed this innovative policy initiative to collect dust and have never given it the priority it deserves.
“The government’s failure to act compounds the social and economic exclusion of disabled people and reproduces a segregated and discriminatory labour market.
“The rights of disabled people must be enshrined in law and the onus is on the government to ensure their full participation in the labour market.”