72 hour Day and Night Protest by Disability Activists

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from Áiseanna Tacaíochta

Leaders of the disability movement have staged 72 hour protest a Day

Campaigners at the Dáil

Campaigners at the Dáil

and Night action outside Leinster house. The action aims to focus critical attention on the serious neglect of people with disabilities and their families, and the failure of the Government to implement long delayed Human Rights and Equality measures, as well as the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

The protesters told An Taoiseach Enda Kenny that the Government’s announcement that it is to provide a further €450m to nursing homes, effectively residential institutions, is a complete kick in the teeth to the wishes and needs of most people with disabilities and their families.

The protestors are demanding their human rights as equal citizens.  This starts, they said, with listening to people with disabilities and to recognising their expectations to be able to live independently where possible.

“Putting an extra €450 million into an outdated and dysfunctional system is a complete kick in the teeth to us and to what we are looking for.”

“The street is a very cold place to be,” Martin Naughton said.  “We shouldn’t have to do this.  But this is what we have been driven to.  We have to fight for our recognition as independent and equal citizens of Ireland.   We have to camp at the doors of power to be heard.”

“We know how things can be improved and it is not by pumping money into residential centres.  We, and our families, can make decisions for ourselves about the best services we need to live our lives, without reliance on the discretion of others.  This is why it is so important that Ireland catches up with the modern world and moves to a system of self-directed living supports and direct payments for people with disabilities, instead of burying more tax payers money in services that are often dysfunctional.”

Naughton, along with other activists, made the decision to take the streets following appalling and alarming reports about the treatment of people, mainly with disabilities, at some residential centres.

The protestors invite you to engage with their campaign on social media, to make links with local, regional and national media in order to help us to sustain the important public debate and political campaign.

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