Sinn Féin to table Private Members Motion on Disability Rights – Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD
Sinn Féin will table a Private Members Motion this Tuesday in the Dáil on Disability issues and the requirement for additional resources and funding.
Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Disability Rights, states:
“Sinn Féin has welcomed the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
“We have campaigned for this step over many years. We said on the night of its ratification that there was still much work to be done in order to deliver the rights contained in this Convention to persons with disabilities.
“It is with the intent of extending those rights, of pushing for the necessary legislation to be enacted, of extending the additional resources and services needed, that we are tabling this PMB Motion.
“There are also two very specific issues contained in our Motion that require immediate attention.
“The Optional Protocol to the UNCRPD that puts in place an oversight mechanism controlled by the UN to ensure that all states live up to their obligations under the Convention has not been adopted by the Irish Government.
“Similarly, the loco parentis clause in homecare nursing contracts for sick children is causing unnecessary stress, worry and constraint on the parents of sick children.
“We are calling in this Motion for the immediate adoption of the Optional Protocol and the immediate abolishment of the loco parentis clause in homecare nursing contracts for sick children.
“We are now calling on Government and all opposition parties and independents to support our Motion recognising the importance of all its component parts to those living with a disability or disabilities.”