Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Disability Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has called on the Government to set out when exactly it intends ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Deputy Murphy O’Mahony made the comments as communities mark the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The day is celebrated on December 3rd each year, with the theme for 2017 focusing on the “transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”.

Deputy Murphy O’Mahony said, “Today is an important day as people come together to promote the rights and well-being of people with disabilities in all spheres of society. Today offers us the opportunity to raise awareness of the difficulties faced by people with disabilities on a daily basis, the progress that has been made to help improve integration over the years and the need to keep striving to promote the rights of people with disabilities in the years ahead.

“It’s deeply disappointing that yet another year has passed without the Government having ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Programme for Government clearly states that the legislation necessary to ratify the convention would be brought forward by the end of 2016. However, we are still waiting for this legislation to progress through the Oireachtas, with many changes needed before the UN Convention can be ratified.

“I fear that come this day next year we will still be waiting for the Government to ratify this important convention. This is unacceptable considering Ireland first signed the convention in 2006. People with disabilities, and their families, have been far too long for the convention’s ratification. It’s time that the Government got its act together by recommit to passing the legislation needed,” concluded Deputy Murphy O’Mahony.