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Enough waiting – delivery of promise of UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities needed without delay –  Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

2 December, 2018 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Marking International Day for Persons with Disabilities, Monday 3rd December, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Disabilities Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD stated that 2018 was an important year for Persons with Disabilities but that “much has still to be achieved”. 

He said, “We need to stay focussed and make 2019 the year that rights are finally delivered and fully enforceable.”

Teachta Ó Caoláin said;

“In March this year, 20 years after Ireland signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Irish Government finally ratified the Convention.  This was an important and welcome decision, albeit years later than it should have happened.

“I stressed at the time publicly that ratification was only a first step and that the real measure of delivery in terms of the rights contained in the Convention would be in its’ implementation.

“Sadly, Government did not also ratify the Optional Protocol, as they had previously promised.  I have consistently pressured the Government since last March to do so and to progress delivery of the hope and promise of the Convention as speedily as possible.

“It has been slow to say the least.

“It seems some movement is now on the horizon.  I have at last been able to schedule Committee Stage of the Disability (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2016 which will come before the Justice and Equality Committee, that I Chair, on December 19th. I would urge its final passage at the earliest possible after that date.

“The Assisted-Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015 remains at a standstill with the essential establishment of a Decision Support Service still awaited.

“This work and these measures require speedy advancement.

“On this International Day for Persons with Disabilities I urge Government to make this work a priority in early 2019 and that they make good on the promises they have so far failed to keep.

“Finally, I wish to commend and extend best wishes of this special day to all those living on our island with disabilities, the same sentiments to their family members and to the wider advocacy sector who work extremely hard on behalf of all who depend on them” concluded Deputy Ó Caoláin.


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