Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin and Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Mental Health, Disability & Special Needs Colm Keaveney have launched the party’s policy for supporting disability inclusion, which includes a commitment to appoint a Minister to Cabinet with responsibility for disability issues.
Speaking at the launch Micheál Martin explained, “After five years of Fine Gael and Labour in Government, Ireland is a more unequal, divided, and fractured country. This is not simply because of the economic recession, but rather as a result of the decisions that this Government has taken. Promises were made and swiftly broken. People with disabilities were told that they were going to be this Government’s number one social justice priority issue; the reality is a different story.
“Fianna Fáil has a different way, a fairer way and will ensure that people with disabilities have the income and services they require to live full and independent lives. We will have a Minister at the Cabinet table with responsibility for disability inclusion and we will ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with a Disability”.
Spokesperson on Mental Health, Disability & Special Needs Colm Keaveney added, “Fianna Fáil will improve income adequacy by €20 for those in receipt of the Disability Allowance, Carers Allowance, Blind Pension and Invalidity Pension.
“In addition, we will establish onsite early intervention teams in schools for children with special needs and we will ensure a medical card for all children whose carer is in receipt of the Domiciliary Care Allowance. We will establish a more humane and flexible assessment regime for discretionary medical cards so that the financial burden that people with serious illnesses or disabilities are forced to endure is lifted.
“Fianna Fáil will ensure that under our watch people with disabilities will see a noticeable improvement in income adequacy and living standards. We believe in an Ireland for all, and an Ireland in which people with disabilities are given the resources that they need to live their lives as full and equal citizens. It is our goal that this objective is realised”.