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.
Dolan said today, “As this is the first budget following ratification by the Oireachtas of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability UN CRPD, there is an expectation in the disability community that the intent and detail of this UN convention will be delivered. The annual budget is central to delivering this commitment.
It is vital that all government departments contribute in an integrated and centralised way, through the 2019 Budget Statement, to kick-start the years of concerted action, which will be required to fully implement the UN CRPD in Ireland. This is what the 643,000-member disability community expect and deserve.
Problems in sourcing and accessing appropriate public services such as housing, transport and health, are blocking people with disabilities from getting on with their lives. All of us know that this is unacceptable. These are key services to support people in taking up education, training and jobs; moving out of the family home, nursing home or congregated setting, and participating in their community.
Every person and family will at some point be faced with a disability issue. Disability is also a community and societal issue, which must be tackled, and this requires funding and commitment. Budget 2019 is a major opportunity for the Government to show real and meaningful support to people with disabilities, their families and carers in this country.
We know that there are major issues in health and housing. Disability and mental health is equally a major issue and I expect Party Leaders to routinely name it as such.”