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Ratification Date Needed for the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - Mac Lochlainn

19 November, 2015 - by Pádraig Mac Lochlainn

Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice and Equality has called on the government to treat the rights of disabled people seriously.

Speaking yesterday in the Dáil,  Deputy Mac Lochlainn said

“In relation to equality of disabled people, the question remains: Why was ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities not dealt with in this Dáil term?

“The only plain conclusion, given the raft of legislation that this government has introduced, is that the rights of the disabled, while they may be important to individual ministers, are not a priority for your parties and TDs as a whole.

“The government needs to provide concrete and specific dates for the actions needed before ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities takes place and the date of Ratification.

“The government needs to ensure that measures are brought forward that would ensure at least an equivalent level of protection of human rights as pertains in the six counties. Piecemeal reform does not fulfil this state’s obligations under the Good Friday Agreement, nor does it ensure equality is pervasive throughout this state.

“The sad reality is that Séan Mac Diarmada, a key organiser in conjunction with Tom Clarke of the 1916 Rising, would not be treated equally with his cousins in Fermanagh were he alive today."

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