Louise O’Reilly TD welcomes move to ratify UNCRPD
Speaking in the Dáil this evening Sinn Féin spokesperson for Health has welcomed movers by the Government to finally ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).
Deputy O’Reilly said:
“Tonight is a night of progress for the Island of Ireland. Tonight is a night of inclusion, equality and respect.
"Tonight is a night for all persons with disabilities and sadly those who have left us without seeing the ratification of this convention which has the capacity to markedly transform the lives of a section of our people who have been marginalised and secluded for far too long.
“This Convention provides the framework to promote, protect and ensure the rights of all people with disabilities and promotes equal rights in all areas of life.
“These are the basic fundamentals that should be afforded to any person in a decent and modern society - able-bodied, disabled, or otherwise.
“Whilst the ratification of this Convention is most welcome here tonight, I must stress it is only the first step. The real measure of delivery in terms of the rights that are contained in this Convention will be in the implementation of it.
“Persons with disabilities have waited far too long and fought on the streets outside this very house to have their rights afforded through this.
“It is now up to this Government to bring forward this legislation without delay. Engage with us and other parties, engage with the disability groups, engage with persons with disabilities themselves and let’s get this right without delay.
“Today is a day for all those persons with Disabilities who fought in their own groups, on the streets, in this House and at Committees to deliver the ratification of this Convention. Today is your day and you should be all proud of yourselves. Do not rest here however. Keep this Government on its toes. Do not let them rest on their laurels.
“Ratification is not an ends in itself, we need to ensure that legislation and funding follows to ensure true equality for all those persons with disabilities in our society."