Inclusion Ireland announces departure of CEO Paddy Connolly


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Chairperson of Inclusion Ireland, Lorraine Dempsey, has today (02/10/2018) announced the departure of CEO Paddy Connolly.

Paddy will soon take up the role of CEO at Age Action and a recruitment process for his replacement will commence shortly.

The Chairperson thanked Paddy for his work with persons with a disability over the past six and a half years. “Paddy has shown great leadership and energy in driving the organisation forward. He has ensured that the values of the organisation are evident in the work of the staff and everyday interaction with people with intellectual disabilities and their families. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to wish Paddy well in his future role.”

Outgoing CEO Paddy Connolly said: “It has been a great privilege to work with persons with a disability, family members and allies in pursuit of equality and human rights for persons with a disability.”

“The commitment of Inclusion Ireland’s Board and staff to ensuring the voice of persons with a disability is at the centre of everything it does has enabled the organisation to make an important contribution to a rights-based and equality analysis of disability and the move away from paternalistic and institutionalised approaches to disability legislation, policy and services. I’d like to thank the Board and staff for their support over the years and wish them the best in the years ahead.”

“I’d particularly like to acknowledge the work and support of the far-to-many-to-mention disability activists who have advised me or supported the work of Inclusion Ireland. In the context of laws which remain on statute that diminishes the status of disabled persons, decision-making forums which are structured to protect the providers of institutionalised services and the hundreds of millions of Euro that the Government spends on those institutionalised and segregated models of service provision, the absence of properly funded Disabled Persons Organisations (DPOs) remains as a stain on Ireland’s disability rights record.”

“The promise of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with a Disability will never be fully realised if disabled people don’t represent themselves at all levels of the political and policy system. I look forward to continuing to support this goal into the future.”