UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will not be ratified until 2018

The Minister of State with responsibility for disabilities, Finian McGrath, has acknowledged that his target to have the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) ratified by the end of 2016 will not come to pass, citing “blockages within the legislative process”.

Ireland has now exceeded the 10-year anniversary of signing the Convention in March 2007 without ratifying it – clear evidence that people with disabilities are not a priority for this Government.  

This is a deeply worrying development for persons with disabilities who, as the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission warned recently, are currently at risk of being further excluded from decisions, which impact their daily lives, from employment to voting.

The Convention sets out in clear terms that the rights of persons with disabilities are human rights and these rights apply equally to persons with disabilities; the fact that the UNCRPD has yet to be ratified shows that people with disabilities in Ireland are not a priority for this Government.

Further information 

Opinion Piece by CEO Paddy Connolly

Press Release - Delay in ratification of UNCRPD