An inclusive path forward
Fianna Fáil is committed to creating a more inclusive society and to removing the barriers that prevent people with disabilities from fully participating in society. As a republican party, Fianna Fáil has always been committed to fighting discrimination in all forms.
In Government Fianna Fáil was the first Party to bring forward policies and legislation to advance the rights of people with disabilities.
Fianna Fáil’s plan for an inclusive Ireland
A dedicated minister
Appoint a full Cabinet Minister to take responsibility for disability issues and reconfigure government responsibilities to bring forward a new Department of Social Protection, Equality and Disability Inclusion.
Sign up to the UN optional protocol
Sign up to the Optional Protocol of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with a Disability. This establishes two procedures aimed at strengthening the implementation and monitoring of the Convention.
Increase personal assistance hours
Double, at a minimum, the number of personal assistance hours available to people with disabilities in order to enable them to enjoy equal and independent lives in the same way as other people.
Restore Housing Adaptation Grants
Restore Housing Adaptation Grants to 2011 levels to make it possible for people with disabilities to remain in their own homes, providing vital support for installing essentials such as hand rails or lifts to assist people to get around their homes more easily.
Increase respite hours
Increase respite hours and places for the families of people with disabilities.
National Treatment Purchase Fund
Expand the National Treatment Purchase Fund to reduce long waiting times for children in need of assessments or therapy services.