Latest: McGrath to present draft bill which will put Ireland step closer to ratifying UN disability rights treaty

Update 1.55pm: Finian McGrath, Minister with responsibility for Disability says he will present a draft bill to cabinet this week which will put Ireland a step closer to ratifying the UN disability rights treaty.

We are currently the only EU country not to have implemented it.

Today is International Day for Persons with Disabilities, and Finian McGrath explained why the depravation of liberty measure is so important.

He said: "This will have an impact on the capacity side in relation to people with intellectual disabilities who are in institutions but also in the broader society, people who have alzheimer's or dementia or issues like that.

"It will have an impact and it is important that we get the legislation right ."

Earlier: Calls for Government to ratify disability rights treaty

There are calls for the Government to ratify the disability rights treaty on the International Day for Persons with Disabilities.

It is10 years since we signed the treaty and we are the only EU country not to have implemented it.

The UN document consolidates existing rights, such as the right to an adequate standard of living, social protection and access to justice.

Campaigners say the Government's commitment to provide €300m for disability over the next 10 years falls short of what isneeded.

Around 643,000 people in Ireland are living with a disability.


 

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