No delivery on promise of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Budget 2019 – Ó Caoláin
Reflecting on the contents of Budget 2019 today, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Disabilities Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said that “persons with disabilities have yet again been failed by this Government in their statement on budgetary measures for the coming year”.
The Cavan-Monaghan TD said;
“I have advocated throughout the past 12 months that Budget 2019 provided this Government with an opportunity to finally deliver for persons with disabilities.
“In March of this year, Ireland ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. We all welcomed this measure. It suggested progress and promised hope.
“Today’s Budget represents a major let down. Minimal additional supports have been offered across the health, education, welfare and housing areas.
“I called for a cross-Departmental and whole of government rights based and social approach to persons with disabilities. Sinn Féin put forward this approach in our alternative budget.
“Sinn Féin would have invested an additional €250 million in 2019 across a joined up strategy involving welfare support, transport, housing, employment, and health. This was fully costed and deliverable.
“This Government had choices to make in Budget 2019. Unfortunately for persons with disabilities, they have once again made the wrong choices. This was political. The politics of Fine Gael and of their ‘confidence and supply’ colleagues in Fianna Fáil has once again relegated people with disabilities to an almost afterthought.
“They have also employed the fig leaf of committing to ‘commissioning research into the cost of a disability’ to cover their shame; something to do surely but not an excuse for doing nothing substantive on this occasion.
“Persons with disabilities, of course, do not need research. Their advocacy groups’ offices are bursting at the seams with this research. Government has only to ask or better still read what has already been presented to them.
“Persons with disabilities need their rights vindicated. Only real investment will deliver those rights.”