Fianna Fáil’s Spokesperson on Disability, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony TD has said that Ireland must urgently ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Person with Disabilities.

Deputy Murphy O’Mahony was commenting as the world stops to commemorate the December 3rd, International Day for People with Disabilities.

“Ireland signed the convention in March 2007. We are one of a very small number of EU countries that has yet to formally ratify the Convention, and this must happen urgently if we are to realise the full potential of people with disabilities.

“2016 is the 10 year anniversary of the convention, and the Government must commit to putting the convention before the Oireachtas for final ratification.”

“The Programme for Government committed to bringing forward legislation by the end of 2016 to begin the ratification process. There are two Dáil sitting weeks left before the end of 2016. The Minister must act quickly, if she is to meet her own Government’s promise.”

“The Convention works to ensure the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms by persons with disabilities.”

“Ireland still has much to do achieve a society that treats people with disabilities properly, ensures their rights to equal treatment, and respects their full value of citizens. More is required if we are to support people with disabilities to realise their full potential as active, participative citizens,” concluded Murphy O’Mahony.