esponding to the publication of the new National Disability Inclusion Strategy Fianna Fail Spokesperson on Disability Margaret Murphy O’Mahony said:

“While I welcome the publication of the new strategy and am looking forward to studying it in detail, the Government’s ability to deliver it and improve significantly the lives of people with disabilities will be the only metric that matters.

“Progress must be made as quickly as possible with regard to implementation. Many disability groups are rightly sceptical about delivery and a convincing effort is required on the part of Minister McGrath and the Government.

“This scepticism is understandable when you consider that we are still awaiting the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

“All Minister McGrath has managed on that so far was to publish half a Bill. It was debated in the Dáil at the end of January and we are still awaiting the promised further amendments.

“Similarly we have long waiting lists for many essential therapies, especially for children. Nor are people with disabilities having their right to an assessment of need vindicated within the statutory timeframe.

“These are all challenges that must be addressed if we are to significantly improve the lives of people with disabilities in a practical sense.

“Fianna Fáil will continue to closely monitor and scrutinise the implementation of services to people with disabilities, and will keep the Government on its toes,” concluded Murphy O’Mahony.