MARTIN NAUGHTON (1954-2016)
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.
As a founding member of the Centre for Independent Living, along with others, Martin brought the rights of persons with a disability out of the institution and into the mainstream - a fight that continues for many people still and one which Martin continued to advocate.
In recent times, and with the establishment of Áiseanna Tacaíochta, Martin has demonstrated innovative approaches to direct payments for persons with a disability; leading the way not only through advocating and providing leadership, but also by demonstrating how direct payments can work.
I know Martin was excited by the potential of the Government's taskforce on personalised budgets; the establishment of which is another example of Martin's enormous contribution.
Martin has served as a friend and inspiration for many persons with a disability and, as a community, we will feel the loss of his advocacy, leadership, agitation for real change and demand that we keep fighting for the rights of all persons with a disability.
Inclusion Ireland pays tribute to Martin and offers condolences to his family, personal assistants and close supporters and friends.
Paddy Connolly, CEO, Inclusion Ireland