Inclusion Ireland will be looking at all of the party manifestos and comparing them to our asks of the next government.
We hope this will give people an idea of the various party commitments on disability issues.
The first manifesto we have examined is that of Fianna Fáil.
Inclusion Ireland welcomes Fianna Fáil’s commitments and hopes that these commitments would be reflected in the party’s Programme for Government if they are to form the next Government. However, it is also important that the party addresses the issues that are absent from their manifesto and listen to what people with disabilities and their families say, and ensure their voices are heard in the next Dáil.
The Fine Gael manifesto can be found here.
Overall, the Fine Gael manifesto does touch on many important issues for people with disabilities, especially on employment and mental health, while failing to adequately address the detail in others such as housing. It is important that Fine Gael listen to people with disabilities and ensure their voices are heard during the next Dáil term.
You can access the Green Party manifesto here.
Inclusion Ireland welcomes the Green Party’s various commitments, namely on accessibility, transport, and more resources for therapy supports. However, the party manifesto falls short on addressing the issues facing people with intellectual disabilities, and it is important that the party addresses these core issues that are absent from their manifesto and ensure that the voices of people with disabilities and their families are heard in the next Dáil.
Read the Labour Party manifesto here.
The Labour Party’s manifesto is strong on some disability-related issues, while failing to address others. It is welcome to see Labour showing leadership in producing an easy to read version of their manifesto, and we hope other parties follow suit in the future. However, it is important that the party addresses the issues that are absent from their manifesto and listen to what people with disabilities and their families say, and ensure their voices are heard in the next Dáil.
People Before Profit
The People Before Profit manifesto can be found here.
The People Before Profit party make some good commitments on the issues affecting people with disabilities including on housing and supports to live independently, accessibility, mental health, health care and education. It is disappointing that there is no mention of the cost of disability, employment, the EPSEN Act or ensuring rights through implementing the UNCRPD and Assisted Decision-Making Act. It is important that the party addresses the issues that are absent from their manifesto and ensures that the voices of people with disabilities and their families are heard in the next Dáil.
Sinn Fein manifesto can be found here.
The Sinn Fein manifesto touches on almost every Inclusion Ireland disability ask. There is also a host of commitments made that go way beyond the asks of Inclusion Ireland. The greatest disappointment is the absence of any commitment to move people from institutions and funding for Assisted Decision-Making. This manifesto will make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities if it translates into a program for government. There is a lack of focus on involving people with disabilities in decisions that affect their lives so we would ask that Sinn Fein consult people with disabilities during the next Dáil.
The Social Democrats manifesto can be found here.
The Social Democrats election manifesto is comprehensive in its scope on disability related issues, and puts forward a whole of government approach to disability which is to be welcomed.