Two weeks ago I contacted all presidential election candidates asking how they could as our President contribute to disability inclusion, if elected. I firmly hold the view that despite the perceived limitations of the office, our President can be a powerful and important advocate for the 643,000 member disability community.
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.
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).
Statement issued by Senator John Dolan after photocall outside Lenister House - to highlight disability inclusion in the forthcoming budget
Senator John Dolan today arranged a photocall with all party leaders outside Leinster House to highlight the many issues affecting people with disabilities in the context of the forthcoming budget. In attendance were Senator John Dolan, Deputies Margaret Murphy O Mahony TD Fianna Fáil (representing Micheál Martin), Brendan Howlin TD Labour, Mary Lou McDonald TD Sinn Fein, Roisin Shortall TD Social Democrats, Richard Boyd Barrett TD People Before Profit, Senator Martin Conway (representing An Taoiseach), Catherine Murphy TD Social Democrats and Seamus Healy TD Independent.
Review of Supports Available to People with Disabilities Transitioning from Education or Training into Employment
The report of the combined Joint Committee on Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Education and Skills, and Health was published on the 27th July 2018 and received favourable coverage in the media the following day. The report is entitled, ‘Review of Supports Available to People with Disabilities Transitioning from Education or Training into Employment’
Sir, – I have noted with interest a recent public debate on a proposal to support child-minding grandparents with a State-funded allowance of €1,000 per annum, roughly €20 weekly. Over 100,000 people with disabilities live on means-tested income supports. Poverty levels are increasing among them.
The Oireachtas Disability Group (ODG), which is made up of Members of the Oireachtas from all parties and none and Disability Organisations, today launched its 2019 pre-budget submission. The group, which is chaired by Senator John Dolan, is especially keen that Ireland’s ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) is reflected in the budget statement this October - and in forthcoming budgets.
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