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Sinn Féin question Minister over Disability Bill – O’Brien

31 January, 2017 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD


Speaking in the Dáil this evening, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice and Equality Deputy Jonathan O’Brien welcomed a Government Bill on ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, but said the Minister has questions to answer regarding the lack of consultation around the bill and that clarity is needed regarding many of its provisions.

The Cork North Central TD said:

“Sinn Féin support this Bill and have campaigned for years for full ratification of the UNCRPD, and it was a source of great disappointment that the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities was not ratified before the end of last year in line with the promises made by the Government that this would happen.

“I commend the work of the organisations such as Inclusion Ireland and the Disability Federation of Ireland who have worked tirelessly campaigning for the ratification of the Convention.

“However, we believe the Bill before the House this evening could have gone further in many respects and we have some very serious concerns about what the Bill has left out. We share the concerns flagged by many NGOs that there has been no public consultation with these organisations or with persons with disabilities on many aspects of the legislation.

“We are extremely concerned that the issue of deprivation of liberty will not be addressed until Committee stage as this is a core aspect that needs to be included in order to comply with the UNCRPD. This is unacceptable and we will be tabling amendments that address our concerns.” 

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