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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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Response to Budget 2020 08.10.19

It is most surprising that Minister Donohue and the government have once again sidelined the 643,000 members of the disability community in today’s budget statement. The government has rightly attempted to address the challenges faced by some sections of our society, however, its failure to once again specifically address the issues confronting many people with disabilities is most disappointing in the wake of the ratification of the Convention Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) in March 2018. Disabled people have not made it on to the list of Irelands high priorities for whole of government action.

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The Oireachtas Disability Group (ODG) today called on the government to ensure that the funding required to enable the implementation of the UNCRPD is made available, and to invest in people with disabilities in Budget 2020.

Speaking at the launch today, Vice-Chair of the ODG, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said, “Budget 2020 is an opportunity for Ireland to become compliant with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), which we ratified in 2018. Government is due to report in spring 2020 on progress made since ratification last year, and this budget is an opportunity to promote the rights of people with disabilities and to realise the principles of the Convention. It is vital that the Government takes this opportunity in Budget 2020.

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Senator John Dolan urges Mayors and Cathaoirligh to ensure people with disabilities treated as full citizens within Community 24th September 2019

Senator John Dolan, addressed recently elected Mayor’s and Cathaoirligh in the Oireachtas today.
They had been invited to the Oireachtas by Senator Dolan for a briefing on disability issues.

In addressing his annual reception “The Local Authority – Champion for Disability Inclusion” Senator Dolan said, “Councils across the country are involved in a range of initiatives to establish the rightful place of people with disabilities and their families in the centre of their local community. You also collaborate with other bodies to achieve this. One immediate example being, ‘Make Way Day’ on Thursday next. An initiative between a growing number of local authorities and the Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) with the support of disability organisations and people with disabilities. An Garda Siochána are also committed and involved”

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Latest News / Media

Response to Budget 2020 08.10.19

It is most surprising that Minister Donohue and the government have once again sidelined the 643,000 members of the disability community in today’s budget statement. The government has rightly attempted to address the challenges faced by some sections of our society, however, its failure to once again specifically address the issues confronting many people with disabilities is most disappointing in the wake of the ratification of the Convention Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) in March 2018. Disabled people have not made it on to the list of Irelands high priorities for whole of government action.

Read more ...

The Oireachtas Disability Group (ODG) today called on the government to ensure that the funding required to enable the implementation of the UNCRPD is made available, and to invest in people with disabilities in Budget 2020.

Speaking at the launch today, Vice-Chair of the ODG, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said, “Budget 2020 is an opportunity for Ireland to become compliant with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), which we ratified in 2018. Government is due to report in spring 2020 on progress made since ratification last year, and this budget is an opportunity to promote the rights of people with disabilities and to realise the principles of the Convention. It is vital that the Government takes this opportunity in Budget 2020.

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RT @SeanadCEG: @SenLynnRuane "This is exactly the sort of organisation that we need to align with the theme of this year’s UN day," - @SenL

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RT @SeanadCEG: @SenLynnRuane "This is key in the Irish context and I was therefore concerned to see yesterday that the National Platform fo…

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RT @SeanadCEG: @SenLynnRuane "The theme of this important day is promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leaders…

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RT @SeanadCEG: @SenLynnRuane "The Articles of the UN CRPD are interconnected. In order to realise one right, the others must also be realis…