Disability sidelined: different and prudent choices could have been made to turn around the experience of exclusion and poverty for 643,000 people with disabilities and their families.
“Granny dumping” in nursing homes, pilfering from pensions, and lack of clear obligation on the State to protect vulnerable adults are among the reasons adult safeguarding legislation was needed, an Oireachtas committee heard.
The Civil Engagement Group in the Seanad is calling on the Government to deliver equality, transparency and sustainable development in Budget 2018. The group have highlighted five principles which they say should underpin the budgetary decision-making.
1. Budget 2018 must deliver joined-up thinking for sustainable development.
2. Budget 2018 must prioritise investment in public services and social infrastructure
3. Budget 2018 must address social, economic and gender inequality
4. Budget 2018 must be clear and transparent around taxation
5. Budget 2018 must meet international standards and commitments.
Obituary: He became active in the Irish Wheelchair Association and the Muscular Dystrophy Association and helped found the first Centre for Independent Living in Ireland. Martin Naughton, who has died aged 62, was a lifelong campaigner for the rights of the disabled. From early in his life, he became determined to change the historic culture that existed in Ireland that a disabled person was, in his own words, “more someone to be cared for than cared about”.
Over 200,000 family carers in Ireland currently deliver nearly €4 billion worth of care annually. “HUNDREDS OF CARERS in this country are held to ransom because we do something out of love and I think that’s the biggest insult. If we dumped all our loved ones, young and old, on the doorsteps of our hospitals tomorrow morning, what have the government put in place? “That’s what we as family carers are doing, we’re taking the pressure off them.”
The Cork woman says more investment is needed in disability services to ensure Ireland is a fair and equal society. CLAIRE MITCHELL IS a mother of two, a graphic designer and a proud Cork woman. She also suffers with Multiple Sclerosis, a neurological condition which sees the immune system attack the protective layer around nerve fibers.
As Budget 2017 approaches, Claire, like the other 9,000 Irish people who have MS, will wait and see what measures will befall those living with a disability. Claire, who lives in Montenotte in Cork city, believes she is lucky; she can work and provide for her two children.
Carmel Geoghegan looked after her dying mother in 2014 but has hit out at what seriously sick people face today.cCARMEL GEOGHEGAN watched her father receive acute palliative care as he battled cancer for his last two weeks. Little did Carmel know that, years later, her mother’s late dementia diagnosis would change her own life forever, leading to a life of care and compassion for those with life-limiting illnesses.