Cabinet being urged to ratify UN disabilities convention
Minister of State with responsibility for Disability Finian McGrath will this morning ask the Cabinet to intensify its efforts to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Ireland signed the convention more than ten years ago but remains the only EU country not to ratify it.
It is 11 years since the then UN secretary general Kofi Annan spoke of the "dawn of a new era" for around 650 million people worldwide living with disabilities.
That is when this convention was adopted by the UN and it aimed to guarantee equal human rights to people with disabilities.
It essentially brought together all existing rights in one document.
Once ratified it requires countries to bring forward laws and measures to improve disability rights.
Ireland was one of the first countries to sign up to the UN Convention in March 2007 but still has no t ratified it.
Minister McGrath will tell his cabinet colleagues that there should be no further delays on this front.
He will argue that key legislation underpinning the convention can be passed through the Oireachtas after the convention has been ratified.
This would, he believes, allow the convention to be ratified with reservations before the end of the year.
Separately, the Cabinet will also discuss a bill today that would grant official recognition to Irish sign language.
The bill, which was originally proposed by Fianna FÃ¡il senators, could be debated in the DÃ¡il next week.Source: Google News