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Ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities is just the first step - Martin Kenny TD

7 March, 2018 - by Martin Kenny TD

Martin Kenny, Sinn Féin TD for Sligo, Leitrim, North Roscommon and South Donegal, has welcomed Ireland’s ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, with some concerns as to its implementation. 

Speaking today, Deputy Kenny said:

“I welcome this important step forward in ratifying the UNCRPD and hope that it might encourage us all to work harder to ensure that the rights of people with disability are vindicated.

“Ratification is welcome but it must be followed by the legislative provisions to make the Convention significant on the ground, where often the necessary services and provisions for people with disabilities are lacking.

“In my own constituency, it is normal to see parents of children with disabilities, who need energy and time to spend caring for their loved ones, having to become campaigners in the struggle for the provision of services.

“People with disability need the supports to allow them to fulfill their potential and live as independently as possible. We find that at every stage of their lives, people with disability have to fight for their rights, even the most basic ones.

“So, although I welcome the ratification of the UNCRPD, we have to make sure that this is not an empty gesture but the first step on the road to the vindication of the rights which it details.”

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