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Sinn Fein supports Autism Bill 2012 – McLellan

8 March, 2013

Speaking in Dáil Eireann this morning on the Autism Bill 2012, Sinn Fein TD for Cork East, Deputy Sandra McLellan said:
“Sinn Fein supports the Autism Bill 2012 but it does so in the interest of adults with autism, their families and carers. In political terms there is an almost breath-taking hypocrisy attached to this Bill.
“The coalition government has been in power for almost two years. Yet in all that time they have done nothing to tackle this issue. Moreover, Fianna Fáil throughout all its years in office , and right through the so called “Celtic Tiger” era when it had significant financial resources at its disposal did absolutely nothing for people with autism.
“So the fact that a Labour Party backbencher is now bringing this legislation before the Dáil to make a Fine Gael minister, with whom his own party is in coalition, act with regard to autism, is somewhat ironic.
“Sinn Fein believes that a best practice model of service delivery, assessment, diagnosis and intervention for adults with autism drawing on best international practice is the way forward. And that an integrated approach of service provision is of the upmost importance.
“Sinn Fein supports this bill. Adults with autism are human beings first and foremost. They deserve to have their rights as citizens fully vindicated. Sinn Fein will continue to speak out in favour of this and to oppose all cuts to services and benefits that impact negatively on them.”

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