Disability needs to be a priority in this election – Disable Inequality Campaign
Dublin, 3 February 2016 – Following today’s decision by An Taoiseach to call a General Election, the Disable Inequality campaign is asking voters to think about people with disabilities when they cast their vote, to talk to candidates on their doorstep and to help make disability a defining issue in General Election 2016.
John Dolan, Disable Inequality Campaign Director, stated “The 600,000 people with disabilities and their families need more than stability from the next government. They urgently need strong whole of government action delivered consistently over the next five years if there is to be any hope that they can participate and play a valued part in their local community. For people with disabilities the recovery has not been fair and balanced. People with disabilities need to see determined action commencing with the appointment of a cabinet minister for disability inclusion to pull all public services together to ensure decent income, education, health supports and work.”
He continued “People with disabilities and their families are one of the largest groups of voters in Ireland, and yet we live with daily inequalities and discrimination. We’ve had lots of policies and promises, however we have never had serious political commitment to end the unfairness that people with disabilities and their families face daily. In this year of election and reflection we must disable inequality once and for all.”
The Disable Inequality campaign is calling on voters to ask their candidates three powerful questions:
1) What they will do to ensure the appointment of a full Minister for Disability Inclusion?
2) What they will do to ensure that people with disabilities have a fair income?
3) What they will do to ensure that people with disabilities have the same access to supports and services as everyone else?
Mr Dolan concluded “Now is the moment to fundamentally tackle disability exclusion, which has always been at the heart of discrimination in our society. Our campaign has been born out of a frustration that people with disabilities in this country shouldn’t have to continue to wait to be afforded the same opportunities as every other Irish citizen. In Election 2016, we are asking the public to vote for candidates who are committed to taking positive action on disabilities issues. One vote at a time, we will disable inequality for people with disabilities.”
Contact: John Dolan, Campaign Director , Disable Inequality
Allen Dunne, Deputy CEO, Disability Federation of Ireland – 086 8502112