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Ó Caoláin sets out package of Budget 2018 measures to increase investment in disability rights

28 September, 2017 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Disabilities Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has today published his party’s Budget 2018 proposals to increase investment in disability rights and equality.

Teachta Ó Caoláin said it is important that the upcoming Budget invests in services that can help some of the most vulnerable and neglected people in society.

Speaking this morning, the Cavan-Monaghan TD said;

“Sinn Féin has a vision for a society in which all citizens can fully participate in life without being left behind.  Unlike previous governments, we will further the rights of people with disabilities, not diminish them.

“It is clear from the sham fight between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil over tax cuts that will put a measly few euro in the pockets of the vast majority of workers, that there will be little or no room for investment in services that are so badly need by some of the most vulnerable and neglected people in our society.

“Sinn Féin has taken a different approach.  At a time of unprecedented crises in our public services, we believe that we must use all available resources to invest in these services.

“Recently published census figures show that there are some 643,131 people with a disability in this state.

“In this package that Sinn Féin is publishing today, we outline a package of measures to improve the income supports, health, education, employment, transport, and housing of this section of our society.

“In this Budget, Sinn Féin has chosen a side and it is the side of ordinary people who have yet to see the economic recovery in their quality of life.” 

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