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Little progress on implementation of United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

7 March, 2019 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD


Today marks one year to the day since the ratification of the UNCRPD in this State after a wait of 11 years following Ireland’s initial signing in 2007.

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Disabilities Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD today said:

“The ratification of the UNCRPD on this day last year, after so much campaigning and protesting over a number of years, offered the hope to Persons with Disabilities living in Ireland that there would be significant improvement in their lives and a delivery of their rights.

“The Disability (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2016 awaits scheduling for Report Stage and the Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015 has not been fully introduced.

“This legislation, we are told, must be fully operational before the Optional Protocol can be ratified.

“I am urging Government to please prioritise this legislation. Over the years we have seen emergency Bank legislation and currently emergency Brexit legislation. When priority status is applied to an issue, the political will can be found. It is long past time for that priority status to apply to the disability sector.

“The disability community need this legislation in order to give effect to the Optional Protocol which will in turn give effect to their being able to hold the Government and State to account for the delivery of rights and services to this significant sector.

“Let us all work together in 2019 to accomplish this.”

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