On 19th April Ireland became the final EU Member State to ratify and enter into force the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
The enforcement of the UN CRPD follows, the Irish government ratification of the UN CRPD on 7th March 2018, 11 years after Ireland signed the Convention. This ratification meant that the Irish government is now bound by law to honor to the convention.
In explaining the reasons for delay in ratifying the UN CRPD, UN CRPD Minister Finian McGrath, TD said that:
“systems had to be put in place, so that once ratified, the benefits for the disabled would be immediate, present and concrete.”
EASPD members, the Disability Federation of Ireland, (DFI) welcomed the government’s long overdue ratification but now want to see the equality promised by the commencement of the UNCRPD become real.
To make this a reality DFI is calling for extra disability funding in the Irish Budget 2019 to improve the lives of people with disabilities.
Disability Federation of Ireland Press Release: DFI welcomes historic UN CRPD ratification
Disability Federation of Ireland Press Release: UN CRPD in Force; Roll on the ‘immediate, present and concrete’ benefits for people with disabilities