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.
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.
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”
SENATOR JOHN DOLAN TO BRING FROWARD PROGRESSIVE PRIVATE MEMBERS BILL THIS WEEK - four key disability inclusion issues included in the Bill 19.06.19
Senator John Dolan will bring forward the ‘Community Participation (Disability) (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2019’ in the Seanad this week, Wednesday 19th June.
Senator John Dolan says “the Abuse of Designated Parking Spaces for People with Disabilities is Deplorable” 27.02.19
At 12pm today (Feb 27th) Senator John Dolan will speak at the ‘Irish Wheelchair Association’s Tipperary Resource Outreach Centre’ on the abuse of Disabled Parking Spaces by members of the able bodied community. The event being held in Brodeen, Cashel Road, Tipperary Town, has an overall objective of raising local awareness on all matters relating to Disabled Parking Permits and Spaces.
A total of 11,393 people with one or more disabilities and 3,581 carers live in Laois.
These figures were presented by Independent senator John Dolan, who is CEO of the Disability Federation of Ireland.
He said that across Ireland 643,131 people, or 13.5% of the population have one or more disabilities.
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.
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