Sir, – I have noted with interest a recent public debate on a proposal to support child-minding grandparents with a State-funded allowance of €1,000 per annum, roughly €20 weekly. Over 100,000 people with disabilities live on means-tested income supports. Poverty levels are increasing among them.
The Oireachtas Disability Group (ODG), which is made up of Members of the Oireachtas from all parties and none and Disability Organisations, today launched its 2019 pre-budget submission. The group, which is chaired by Senator John Dolan, is especially keen that Ireland’s ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) is reflected in the budget statement this October - and in forthcoming budgets.
Standing Orders for the Dáil and Seanad will be changed today to allow for three Oireachtas Committees to consider labour activation for people with disabilities
Oireachtas Standing Orders will be changed today to allow three committees to jointly discuss labour activation of people with disabilities - currently only two Oireachtas Committees can meet to progress their work. This innovation arose following a suggestion by Senator John Dolan at the Social Protection and Employment Affairs committee. He then highlighted the added value, which would accrue when any three Departments with an interest in an issue could meet and make decisions thereby making the entire process more efficient and effective.
Thursday 19th April 2018 - Ireland officially commences implementation of United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with a Disability (UN CRPD)
Senator John Dolan said, “Today, Thursday 19th April, Ireland commences the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with a Disability (UN CRPD). This is a good day for the 643,000 member disability community in Ireland – a day of hope and promise”
“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).
Senator John Dolan welcomes announcement by Minister Ross today on greater role for disability community in public transport decisions
I welcome the announcement by Minister Ross today to the effect that all boards of public transport bodies will have at least one member who has personal knowledge and experience of the needs and difficulties of people with disabilities when using public transport. This is a highly significant announcement that will be welcomed by the entire disability community.