FF Hits Out At Govt For Failing To Ratify UN Disability Convention

Fianna Fáil has hit-out at the Government for not yet ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The party's Spokesperson on Disability, Margaret Murphy O'Mahony, has called on Ministers to clarify when it intends to produce the legislation necessary to ratify the convention.

Speaking on the United Nations' International Day of Persons with Disabilities, celebrated on 03 December each year, Deputy Murphy O'Mahony said: "It's deeply disappointing that yet another year has passed without the Government having ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

"The Programme for Government clearly states that the legislation necessary to ratify the convention would be brought forward by the end of 2016. However, we are still waiting for this legislation to progress through the Oireachtas, with many changes needed before the UN Convention can be ratified.

"I fear that come this day next year we will still be waiting for the Government to ratify this important convention. This is unacceptable considering Ireland first signed the convention in 2006. People with disabilities, and their families, have been far too long for the convention's ratification. It's time that the Government got its act together by recommit to passing the legislation needed."


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