Inclusion Ireland to take part in disability rights protest outside Government Buildings

INCLUSION IRELAND OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE

Tuesday, 15th September 2015

Inclusion Ireland to take part in disability rights protest outside Government Buildings

Government has failed to deliver key disability reforms

Cross-section of disability rights activists taking part in the protest

Inclusion Ireland will be taking part in a disability rights protest outside Government Buildings for over two days between 10.00am on Tuesday, September 15th and 2.00pm on Thursday, September 17th.

The protest will include a cross-section of disability activists including representatives from the Center for Independent Living and the AT Network.

Protesters will be calling on the Government to take action in the following areas – restore funding in disability supports; introduce direct payments for persons with disabilities; protect Personal Assistant (PA) supports; and to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

Inclusion Ireland CEO Paddy Connolly said:

“This Government has no credibility when it comes to disability reforms that were promised in the Programme for Government. The Minister for Health has failed to deliver the much trumpeted ‘money follows the person’ model and the Minister of State Kathleen Lynch and the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald have broken a key promise to introduce new assisted decision-making legislation. Without these key reforms, we will continue to see the abuse of persons with a disability on our TV screens.

“The Government has a final opportunity over the next six months to restore their credibility amongst persons with a disability and their families. Introducing direct payments, so that disability services become consumer-led, and introducing assisted decision-making legislation are key reforms which cannot wait until after the next General Election.”

Notes to the editor:

Inclusion Ireland is the national association for people with an intellectual disability. We provide a central forum for our members to identify priorities and formulate nationally agreed policies to present to government, statutory bodies, other relevant groups as well as the general public. Inclusion Ireland campaigns for changes in services and legislation that will improve the quality of life and participation of people with an intellectual disability in Irish society.

Inclusion Ireland also provide an information and advice service to people with an intellectual disability, their families and also to services that support people with an intellectual disability as well as students and others doing research in the sector etc.