Inclusion Ireland has launched its Local and European Election campaign

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Inclusion Ireland has launched its Local and European Election manifestos and is calling on all candidates to prioritise the rights of people with disabilities.

Inclusion Ireland interim CEO, Sarah Lennon said “There are 643,131 disabled people in Ireland and each one of those individuals is a potential voter, as are their family members. Inclusion Ireland is asking prospective candidates to consider this constituency of people and to commit to working to ensure equality for disabled people in Ireland and Europe.”

Inclusion Ireland is asking all candidates running for local election to promote the rights of persons with intellectual disabilities in their roles as local Councillors and to:

  • Ensure access to housing
  • Ensure accessibility
  • Promote participation
  • Support employment 
  • Promote rights and equality

Sarah Lennon said “Locally elected councillors have a fantastic opportunity to work to ensure their constituents with a disability are fully included and we are asking Councillors to ensure the participation of people with disabilities in the planning of services by local authorities”.

“Inclusion Ireland is asking that Councillors work to ensure that people with disabilities will have access to a good supply of accessible accommodation in which they can live independent and well connected lives within the community and that transport that is accessible and affordable is ensured.”

Ms Lennon also called on candidates in the European elections to ensure the recently ratified UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) was central to their campaigns and said “Inclusion Ireland is asking European candidates to commit to work towards full equality for people with disabilities.

This will involve working to close residential institutions for people with disabilities and to bring forward an EU law that would make sure that Ireland does not discriminate against people with disabilities in the ways it currently can.”

Inclusion Ireland is asking candidates to work to promote the rights of persons with intellectual disabilities in their roles as MEP’s and to: 

  • Support people to live in the community 
  • Stop discrimination
  • Ensure accessibility 

Read more about Inclusion Ireland’s Election campaign at this link