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Remain vote must be respected to protect rights of people with disabilities - Anderson

4 November, 2016 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the remain vote of the North must be respected to protect the rights of people with disabilities. 

Speaking at the Unite for Rights conference she hosted in Louth, Ms Anderson said; 

"This conference is very timely as we, as a community, face several challenges in relation to the protection of our hard-earned and essential rights for people with disabilities. 

"We face the challenges of austerity, the failure to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the British government's plan to scrap the Human Rights Act and we face Brexit.

"It is shameful and unacceptable that the Irish government has not ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

"It has taken decades to build rights and protections, to put people at the centre of policies, whether at a European level or indeed here. 

"Brexit will take us backwards. We need to unite to protect those rights. 

"The people of the north voted to remain and we need to raise our voices and demand that our vote is fully recognised and respected." 

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