Press releases

You can browse through Inclusion Ireland's media releases below, there is a pager at the foot of the page. Click on the title of any item to read its full text.

Release date: Wednesday, 15th February 2017

Wednesday, February 15th 2017

Provisions of new Sexual Offences Bill are narrow, protective and paternalistic

New Bill leaves people with intellectual disabilities pre-judged in the eyes of the law

Inclusion Ireland is disappointed that the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2015, which passed through the final stage in the Seanad yesterday evening, uses terms that will mean persons with intellectual disabilities can be pre-judged in the eyes of the law.

Release date: Wednesday, 21st December 2016


Wednesday, December 21st 2016

Funding for commencement of Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 will help to protect vulnerable persons from abuse

Inclusion Ireland welcomes launch of National Safeguarding Committee’s Strategic Plan 2017-2021

Inclusion Ireland insists that all efforts to strengthen the rights of vulnerable adults to live lives free from abuse will be undermined without funding to commence the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015. 

Release date: Thursday, 8th December 2016


Monday, December 12th 2016

New study reveals serious gaps in the supports available to siblings of people with intellectual disabilities or Autistic Spectrum Disorder throughout the life course

Supports for siblings of people with intellectual disabilities or Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ID/ASD) must be improved according to the main findings of a recent study undertaken by a research team from University College Cork in partnership with Inclusion Ireland.

Release date: Wednesday, 7th December 2016

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will not be ratified until 2017 – 10 years after Ireland signed the human rights treaty

Lack of commitment to timely ratification demonstrates that Ireland is out of step with international norms on rights of persons with intellectual disabilities

Release date: Wednesday, 30th November 2016

Inclusion Ireland Self-Advocacy Conference 2016 to demand further and higher education are made accessible to persons with an intellectual disability

Inclusion Ireland to mark UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities with conference to discuss lack of opportunity and best practice examples in accessing education options after 18 years of age

Release date: Wednesday, 19th October 2016

Inclusion Ireland welcomes partial commencement of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015

Ground-breaking legislation will result in significant improvements in the lives of persons with intellectual disabilities

Positive step forward on road to ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)

Release date: Friday, 14th October 2016

Inclusion Ireland pays tribute to disability advocate Martin Naughton

It is with great sadness that Inclusion Ireland has learned of the death of our friend and fellow advocate Martin Naughton.

For many decades Martin has been a leader and an inspiration to those of us who campaign for equality and human rights for persons with a disability.

Martin has a long history of being an innovator and pioneer of new movements or initiatives to advance the right of persons with a disability to choice and control over the services and supports they receive.

Release date: Thursday, 6th October 2016

Self-Advocates call on Ministers to fund key disability legislation in Budget 2017

Legislative reforms must be delivered to repeal the Lunacy Act and ratify of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Release date: Tuesday, 6th September 2016

Inclusion Ireland calls on Minister of State for Disabilities Finian McGrath to guarantee the closure of institutions for people with an intellectual disability over a five-year period

Cross-Government oversight group should be established to ensure the recommendations of the McCoy Report are implemented without further delay

Release date: Tuesday, 9th August 2016

Inclusion Ireland welcomes Government indication that UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will be ratified by Christmas

Minister for Health and Justice & Equality must issue clear timescale for commencement of Capacity Act 2015

State must deliver key legislative reforms to pave way for ratification of Convention

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