Advocacy Matters

Inclusion Ireland is asking for your help to highlight the importance of advocacy. 

Inclusion Ireland recently (10th May 2019) announced that a significant funding cut is being imposed by the Health Service Executive (HSE) for 2019. Read our press release at this link

Despite a record budget of over €1.9billion for disability services in 2019, Inclusion Ireland will have a cut in funding of around 20% from the Health Service Executive (HSE) and no commitment or assurance on funding in 2020. Inclusion Ireland has not been given clarity from the HSE on why this level of funding cut has been imposed.

This cut has the potential to seriously restrict the organisation’s work and to silence the voice of people with intellectual disabilities. It is a crucial time for people with intellectual disabilities in Ireland with the state only ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities last year, after a long, 10 year wait. Advocacy organisations, such as Inclusion Ireland, play a critical role in holding the State to account and making sure that promises are kept.

You can help in a number of ways:

  1. Write to the disability, health, social protection or justice spokespeople in your local constituency. We have developed a template letter and a guide to the spokespeople.
  2. Support our social media campaign on Twitter and Facebook by retweeting or sharing our posts over the coming days. Our campaign is saying that #advocacymatters and #myvoice is essential.
  3. Providing Inclusion Ireland with a testimonial or feedback on how they have supported you over our almost 60 years in existence by emailing info@inclusionireland.ie, phoning on 01-8559891 or posting on our Facebook or Twitter 

Find a guide to spokespeople at this link

Find a template letter at this link

Find an easy to read template letter at this link