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“Today promises to be the dawn of a new era
– an era in which disabled people will no longer have to endure the discriminatory practices and attitudes that have been permitted to prevail for all too long. This Convention is a remarkable and
forward-looking document,”
Kofi Annan
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Welcome to Senator John Dolan's website

I welcome you all to this website, especially members and supporters of the disability community in Ireland.

I sought election to the Seanad as a single issue candidate. I have dedicated all of my work and efforts in supporting people with disabilities and their families and carers during my time here.

It is an honour to represent the disability community in every possible way as a member of Seanad Éireann. I have continually raised disability inclusion issues in the Seanad, in Oireachtas Committees, and with members of the Government and Oireachtas whenever possible, and in the media as opportunities emerged.

I took a central role in pushing for the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by the Government. Now with ratification in place I am working hard to ensure that every government department and local authority is aware of the urgent need to fund and resource the commitments that flow from ratification.

In my ongoing fight to ensure that people with disabilities can actively participate as full citizens in our society I am currently focusing on issues related to community services, public transport, housing, education, employment and the many challenges faced by so many in the disability community.

I continue to meet and work with people with disabilities along with the many disability organisations that represent them.

Be assured of my firm commitment to continue the fight for people with disabilities during my time in the Seanad.

Regards,
John

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Senator John Dolan surprised and disappointed that Government have ignored disability inclusion in Budget 2019

"I am surprised and disappointed that Minister Donohue and the government have again ignored the 643,000 member disability community in today’s budget statement. This is the sixth post recession budget and the first since Ireland ratified the UN CRPD, in March, - yet the expectations of the disability community have again been ignored – despite the well-publicised surplus available to the government.

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SENATOR JOHN DOLAN INVITES NEWLY ELECTED LORD MAYORS, MAYORS AND CATHAOIRLIGH TO THE OIREACHTAS ON 26TH SEPTEMBER FOR A BRIEFING ON DISABILITY ISSUES

Senator John Dolan has extended an invitation to all recently elected Lord Mayors, Mayors and Cathaoirligh of all Local Authorities to a briefing in Leinster House on a range of disability issues  -  for today Wednesday 26th September. The event is also designed to mark the recent election of Lord Mayors, Mayors and Cathaoirligh and the recent Ratification by Ireland of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD).

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Budget 2019 must avoid the cost of not investing in public services

See the Seanad Civil Engagement Group's pre-budget video "The Cost of Not Investing"
The six members of the Civil Engagement Group in Seanad Éireann have outlined their concerns in advance of Budget 2019, highlighting the cost of not investing in public services here: https://youtu.be/ZyqkmaJGGHw
Among many other areas, the group highlighted that the government needs to demonstrate a commitment to lone-parent families, climate change, education, people with disabilities, addiction support services, and home care, which have suffered from years of austerity-era cuts.
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Latest News / Media

Senator John Dolan surprised and disappointed that Government have ignored disability inclusion in Budget 2019

"I am surprised and disappointed that Minister Donohue and the government have again ignored the 643,000 member disability community in today’s budget statement. This is the sixth post recession budget and the first since Ireland ratified the UN CRPD, in March, - yet the expectations of the disability community have again been ignored – despite the well-publicised surplus available to the government.

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SENATOR JOHN DOLAN INVITES NEWLY ELECTED LORD MAYORS, MAYORS AND CATHAOIRLIGH TO THE OIREACHTAS ON 26TH SEPTEMBER FOR A BRIEFING ON DISABILITY ISSUES

Senator John Dolan has extended an invitation to all recently elected Lord Mayors, Mayors and Cathaoirligh of all Local Authorities to a briefing in Leinster House on a range of disability issues  -  for today Wednesday 26th September. The event is also designed to mark the recent election of Lord Mayors, Mayors and Cathaoirligh and the recent Ratification by Ireland of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD).

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Michael D has replied to my #DisabilityInclusion letter. Thanks for the reply @MichaelDHiggins. You can read it bel… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

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Lovely and decent man, always welcoming whenever I met him. May he Rest In Peace. twitter.com/rtepolitics/st…

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Hi @CaseyPeterJ. I am looking forward to receiving a reply to my recent #DisabilityInclusion letter sent on Fri 12t… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

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Hi @GavinDuffy. I am looking forward to receiving a reply to my recent #DisabilityInclusion letter sent on Fri 12th… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…