Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Disability, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony TD has said that a survey conducted by the Department of Social Protection on those in receipt of Disability Allowance highlights that people with disabilities are being left behind in the areas of education and employment, and has called on the Government to do more to support people with disabilities.

Commenting on the issue Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony said: “this survey of approximately 3,200 people in receipt of Disability Allowance highlights that, in the areas of education and employment, people with disabilities are being left behind when compared to the general population.

“A minority of those who participated in the survey reported that the Junior Certificate was their highest level of education, whilst 31% of those surveyed have said that they have never worked,” said the Cork South West TD.

“The survey also highlighted the barriers that prevent people with disabilities from entering employment. “

“While 75% of those surveyed said that their level of disability was a barrier to them entering the workforce, the fear of losing essential benefits such the medical card and other social welfare benefits as well a lack of transport, and adequate employment supports to find the right work were given as reasons.”

‘The Government must step up and do more to support people with disabilities. This survey gives a very clear overview of the barriers that prevent people with disabilities from participating in employment.”

“The Minister, and his colleagues, must use this information to design and implement systems and services that work for people with a disability,” added Murphy O’Mahony.

“It is clear that people with disabilities have been left behind and if the Government are serious about creating a fairer and more equal society , where no one is left behind, they must address the systematic and institutionalised barriers that prevent people with disabilities from fully participating in education, the workforce, and society in general,” concluded Murphy O’Mahony.