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Final Step in UN CRPD Ratification by the Government Welcomed

“I very much welcome a long overdue Dáil resolution later today (Wednesday 7th March), which is the final step for Ireland in ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with a Disability (UN CRPD).

“The aim of the Convention is to ensure that the human rights of citizens with disabilities, rights shared by all people, are fully and routinely present in their everyday lives. These include obvious areas such as employment, education, free and easy movement, public transport, housing, health and social services and income supports. There are other important issues for people with disabilities such as freedom of choice, respecting will and preference, bodily autonomy and dignity, which must also be addressed”.

“I must also stress that the disabled people of Ireland and their families will only experience the benefits of the convention if the implementation phase of this convention is fully and effectively implemented. And this implementation is entirely the responsibility of government”.

“The UN CRPD simply seeks to ensure that people with disabilities experience their rights. Ireland is a party to the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UN 1948”. There are a range of fundamental rights in Bunreacht na hÉireann. Rights related to the person, family, children, education etc.”

“The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the fundamental rights in our Constitution, since 1937, have not been able to vindicate the human rights of people with disabilities. This is a chilling fact. Our Taoiseach and his government must recognise this and act with strength and determination year by year, to make this Republic one of opportunity for people with disabilities. The current National Disability Inclusion Strategy 2017-2021 will only frustrate the achievement of this result”.

"A more robust plan led and driven by An Taoiseach is a basic requirement for success".