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Senator John Dolan welcomes Cabinet Meeting dedicated to Disability Issues, but stresses the need for real and tangible outcomes 8th Jan 2020

Senator John Dolan said today, “Tomorrow’s Cabinet meeting, which will focus solely on disability, is a momentous occasion and something I have called for in the recent past”

 

 

“In advance of tomorrow’s meeting, I contacted the Taoiseach and Cabinet members to highlight matters, which I believed warranted serious consideration at this meeting, as follows:

- Disability brings and increases, poverty, exclusion and lack of opportunity. It saps any hope for a life of inclusion and participation.

- The Department of An Taoiseach must take responsibility, to progress implementation of UN CRPD. The Taoiseach must also appoint a Minister of State, within the Department of An Taoiseach, who attends Cabinet meetings, to assist An Taoiseach to progress implementation.

- The Government must establish a Joint Oireachtas Committee to scrutinize and support implementation of UN CRPD. Furthermore, the National Disability Authority (NDA) should be in direct contact with the Department of An Taoiseach to support and monitor the ongoing implementation.

- The state is strongly investing in education, health, social welfare and public transport. It is only just and right that all of these benefits are equally accessible to all our citizens, which is currently not the case for a significant number of the disability community”.

Dolan concluded, “This cabinet meeting dedicated to disability issues is to be welcomed by the 643,000 people directly affected - and possibly twice that indirectly - by disability. However, it must have positive and tangible outcomes for members of the disability community all around the country, or it will be viewed as just another pre-election PR exercise. The disability community need and deserve better than that”.