Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Disability, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony TD has said that the announcement by An Taoiseach in Dáil Éireann yesterday that he could not confirm when the Government would move to get Oireachtas ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is deeply disappointing.

“The Programme for Government clearly states that the legislation necessary to ratify the convention would be brought forward by the end of 2016.”

“With just four sitting days left, the Government will fail to meet this commitment, and it’s simply not acceptable any longer.”

“While we accept that legislative changes are required to ensure that the ratification of the convention is more than a soundbite, the Government must now set out immediately a timeframe for when the four remaining pieces of legislation needed to fulfil our obligations under the convention will be brought forward.”

“A previous roadmap towards ratification was published by the last Government in October 2015. 15 months later, people with disabilities in Ireland are still waiting for convention to be enshrined into law.”

“The four main legislative changes needed to allow us ratify the convention are not emergency pieces of legislation. They have been on the Order Paper for some time, and I am confident that my party would be willing to provide time to facilitate their timely and speedy passage.”

“People with disabilities, and their families, have been waiting over nine years for the convention’s ratification. It’s time that the Government got its act together by recommit to passing the legislation needed. My party will not be found wanting,” concluded Murphy O’Mahony.