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UNCRPD ratification ‘painfully slow’ – Ó Laoghaire

30 March, 2017 - by Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

This morning outside the gates of Leinster House, a protest was held calling for the Government to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.

Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson on Children & Youth Affairs Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire expressed his dismay at how painfully slow this process has been and the attitude of the Government and how they treat those with disabilities in Irish society.

The Cork South-Central said:

“For the tenth consecutive year, we have people calling on the Government to ratify the UNCRPD, which was signed on this day in 2007.

“The Government have long cited required updates in legislation as being an obstacle to the ratification of this convention. In my view, the Government have had ample time to get their house in order.

“I understand that the legislative process is generally arduous and prolonged, but 10 years is excessive and is painfully slow for those who rely on the convention rights.

“The Government pay lip service to people with disabilities on a regular basis, but their inaction speaks volumes.

“I spoke to some of those on the protest this morning and it was clear the frustration they feel.

“Protestors believe that far from being a priority of this Government, they are barely an afterthought.

“The Government must act with urgency and ratify the Convention immediately, and not drag their heels on this process any longer.” 

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