Taoiseach Acknowledges Governments Medical Cards Errors
Commenting on last night’s leaders debate John Dolan, Campaign Director of Disable Inequality and CEO Disability Federation of Ireland, said “Although people with disabilities were mentioned in the course of the debate, the issue was in no way dealt with. It was interesting to hear the Taoiseach, in response to presenter Colette Fitzpatrick, state in relation to taking medical cards from people with Motor Neuron and Down syndrome that ‘they could have done without this’ and commenting that he was glad the issue had been dealt with.”
John Dolan continued, “Not all the Party manifestos are published and there are further TV debates; so the 600,000 people with disabilities in Ireland wait to hear what the disability inclusion commitments are – and how they will be delivered by the various parties. There are real health issues for people with disabilities but this is not just a health issue, – it is also a societal issue. Ireland is a deeply unequal country for people with disabilities. It is a country where discrimination, segregation and bias is a daily experience. We’ve had lots of policies; we’ve had strategies; we’ve had promises but we have never had a serious robust plan implemented, which could end the unfairness that is a systemic part of life for thousands of people with disabilities and their families. The 600,000 people with disabilities and their families need to hear their issues being debated as part of Ireland’s future – and need to hear what actions will be taken over the next five years, so that they can make an informed decision when they vote.”
Dolan concluded “There are 600,000 people and their families living with disability, a huge proportion of the population and election debate and commentary is just now beginning to reference them. These people still need to hear the various political parties set out their plans and actions for the disability sector during the term of the next Dáil”
The Disable Inequality Campaign has written to the Parties to request that they set out publicly what their disability inclusion commitments are and we will publish them on www.disableinequality.ie on the 19th February.
Allen Dunne – 086 8502112