People with disabilities sidelined by successive Governments – Brady
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Social Protection John Brady TD has said that concerns raised by people with disabilities in relation to the Government’s Disability Bill debated last night must be addressed by Minister McGrath.
Speaking in the Dáil last night, Teachta Brady said:
“It is a real shame that we are reaching the 10-year anniversary of signing the Convention without ratifying it. Unfortunately, this is clear evidence that people with disabilities have not been a priority for successive Governments.
“It is because of this that Ireland remains the only country in the EU that has yet to ratify the Convention.
“Other countries have ratified the Convention without recourse to changing legislation and it is the view of many disabled people that there was and is no legislative barrier to Ireland’s ratification.
“In the era of so-called New Politics we see that many of the most significant provisions in the Bill have not yet been published, and will not be introduced until Committee stage as amendments. This impedes any proper discussion of this Bill; it leaves little opportunity for public debate and even less opportunity for amendments of provisions once introduced at Committee stage.
“The most alarming aspect of this Bill before us is the sudden removal of the word Equality. I would ask that the reference to equality is reinstated in the title of the Bill to take account of the wider reforms proposed under the Bill.
“We cannot rush through this legislation just for the sake of it – we owe it to those with disabilities, who have been sidelined by successive Governments to ensure that ratifying this UN Convention will mean that those with disabilities are no longer and never again will be sidelined.”