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CRPD Ratification Protest

Ireland is the only EU member state that hasn’t ratified the United Nations Convention of Rights for People with Disabilities


Written by Niamh Herbert | View this authors Twitter page and posted in news


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I am a 20 year old student in Trinity College studying European Studies. As well as this, I suffer from a rare genetic condition called Friedreich Ataxia. I have a passion for disability rights, and am shocked by the fact that Ireland is the only EU member state to not have ratified the UN Convention of Rights for People with Disabilities.

This prompted myself and my friend to take action and mandate a proposal in our SU. I have also organised a protest for January 19th outside Leinster House: 

Check out the Facebook event for more info

Niamh writes:

"Did you know that Ireland is the only EU member state that hasn’t ratified the United Nations Convention of Rights for People with Disabilities?

This absolutely vital piece of documentation states the basic human rights of people with disabilities of any kind, and it’s shameful that our government don’t recognise it. There are over 600,000 people in Ireland living with a disability, so the chances are that this effects somebody you love.

I’m hoping to see members of SUs from all around the country, because the welfare of college students is especially important to me. Please join us on Thursday the 19th of January as we take to Leinster House and protest for rights!"

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Published December 19th, 2016
Last updated January 3rd, 2017
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