Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Mental Health, Disability & Special Needs and General Election candidate for Galway East Colm Keaveney has said that disability inclusion will be a priority for Fianna Fáil in Government.

Following a protest today by people with disabilities outside the Dáil, Keaveney said, “Over the last five years people with disabilities have been sidelined by this Government. Fine Gael and Labour said the area of disability was going to be a social justice priority issue, however this commitment, like so many others, was quickly reneged on and people with disabilities are one group who were particularly affected by the 5 regressive and punitive budgets introduced by the coalition.

“Fianna Fáil has a different way, a fairer way, and we have outlined in our Manifesto and our recently published document ‘Supporting Disability Inclusion’ our key measures for people with disabilities.

“In Government Fianna Fáil will have a Minister at the cabinet table with responsibility for disability issues and this will ensure that disability inclusion will be a central tenet of the next Government. Furthermore, we will work towards the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Person with a Disability (UNCRPD) and we will introduce a cost of disability top-up payment in recognition of the additional costs faced by those with a disability. These are just a few of the measures that we will introduce to ensure that people with disabilities are able to live their lives as full and equal citizens.

“Fianna Fáil is committed to creating an Ireland for all and we will ensure that under our watch people with disabilities will see a real and tangible improvement in living standards and income adequacy”.