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Release date: Monday, 3rd September 2018

For immediate release


Inclusion Ireland calls for whole of government approach to Budget 2019 to ensure that the rights of people with disabilities are strengthened.

Inclusion Ireland is calling on the government to take measures in Budget 2019 to give effect to the newly ratified United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), including investment in education, de-institutionalisation, accessible transport and anti-poverty measures.

Release date: Wednesday, 8th August 2018

Inclusion Ireland, the National Association for People with an Intellectual Disability, has called on the Government to end its practice of depriving disabled people of their liberty via the Ward of Court system and State run institutions.

The advocacy organisation made its call following a court case in which a man was made a Ward of Court under the basis of conflicting medical evidence that left uncertainty around whether the person was able to make their own decisions or not.

Release date: Tuesday, 17th July 2018

Fine Gael-led Government condemned for excluding families of children with disabilities from major disability reform

Inclusion Ireland calls on Minister for Disabilities Finian McGrath TD not to miss ‘once in a Ministerial term’ opportunity for reform

Release date: Tuesday, 26th June 2018


Inclusion Ireland has criticised the Government’s plans to exclude children from key disability reform called ‘personalised budgets’ and has called for an immediate reversal of the proposal.

A personalised budget is an amount allocated to a person to cover the cost of providing their care and support needs following an assessment of need or personalised planning process. The aim of a personalised budget is to allow a person and their family to decide what services and supports that individual receives, and who provides those services and supports.

Release date: Friday, 13th April 2018


Organisations focusing on disability issues have welcomed the publication of the draft final report by the Task Force on Personalised Budgets on progressing personal budgets for people with disabilities in Ireland. However, the four member partnership has criticised a number of the report’s recommendations, such as the decision to exclude children from the proposed system.

Release date: Wednesday, 28th February 2018
    • The national association for people with intellectual disability warns, however, that Ireland is not compliant with the international agreement.    
Release date: Thursday, 22nd February 2018

Inclusion Ireland welcomes today’s report by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice & Equality on Wards of Court and in particular the recommendations by the Committee that an independent audit be held into both handling of wards' funds and the interaction of the Courts Service with wards and their families.  

Together with the Justice for Wards group, which was formed by family members of Wards of Court, Inclusion Ireland is calling on the Minister for Justice to implement the Committee's recommendations as a matter of urgency and to meet with the families involved.

Release date: Thursday, 8th February 2018


On the occasion of a visit to Ireland by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency, Inclusion Ireland again calls on the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) to investigate the continued institutionalisation of persons with a disability in Ireland Inclusion Ireland calls on IHREC to publish the ‘confidential’ information they received from the HSE which persuaded them not to inquire.


Release date: Monday, 15th January 2018

Inclusion Ireland, the National Association for People with an Intellectual Disability, has today (15/01/2018) called on the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Ms Katherine Zappone TD, to review the decision to exclude children with a disability from the remit of Tusla.

Release date: Thursday, 7th December 2017


Inclusion Ireland, the National Association for People with an Intellectual Disability, today launched a toolkit that will guide disabled people in claiming their rights and achieving equality in disability services across Ireland.

Making Equality and Rights Real: A toolkit for setting up Equality & Rights Committees in Disability Services, is an Easy to Read, how to guide to setting up these committees and is being launched in the lead up to the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (03/12/2017).

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