Fianna Fáil Press Office
Cllr Jack Chambers
Dublin West

16 February 2016

Fianna Fáil supports disability inclusion – Chambers

Fianna Fáil candidate for Dublin West Cllr Jack Chambers says his party is committed to appointing a Minister  to Cabinet with responsibility for disability issues.

“Fianna Fáil has vowed to find 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”.

Cllr Chambers pointed out that the party’s policy document on disability inclusion –  which was launched earlier today (Tuesday 16 February)  – also states that 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.

“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,” added Cllr Chambers.