Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Disability, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has questioned the Taoiseach on the proposed junket by Disabilities Minister to North Korea and his failure to ensure the ratification of the UN Convention on the rights of people with Disabilities.

“Minister McGrath is planning to visit North Korea with his Independence Alliance colleagues, but does he realise that North Korea has already ratified the convention?

“Of course, ratification is very different to that of implementation, and North Korea has a terrible record on human rights

“However, if Minister McGrath is so focused on ensuring that when ratification takes place, that implementation of the Convention is of the highest standard, why is he wasting his valuable time on a junket to a failed dictatorship?

“I asked the Taoiseach today about the Minister’s trip and whether he would be travelling to North Korea for advice.

“Minister McGrath has been peddling the story that he is working very hard to ensure that ratification is followed by proper implementation.

“The Programme for Government was signed 18 months ago. The Minister must confirm what the roadblocks are, and who is blocking the ratification. Enough is enough.

“People with disabilities need to have this Convention ratified as quickly as possible. It’s completely unfair to let this continue without resolution,” concluded Murphy O’Mahony.