Áiseanna Tacaíochta co-produces ‘Right to Reform’ briefing note to Taoiseach and Ministers

Áiseanna Tacaíochta (ÁT) is one of three organisations – along with Inclusion Ireland and the Center for Independent Living (CIL) – to contribute to and produce the ‘Right to Reform’ briefing note to Government.

‘Right to Reform’ is intended primarily for An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny; Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar; and Minister for Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin.

It emerged after day one of a three-day action beginning earlier this week outside Government Buildings, organised by the three organisations and featuring a cross-section of disability activists.

After some engagement with activists outside Government Buildings, Enda Kenny agreed to meet with the leading representatives, and assured them that key Ministers would be present too.  He also asked that the group identify their key asks, which is done in this document.

They are as follows:

  • Introduce Direct Payments.
  • Protect and increase access to Personal Assistant (PA) services.
  • Ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD.)
  • Enact Assisted Decision-Making Bill.
  • Provide adequate and comprehensive support to people with disabilities to access employment opportunities.

To read or download the ‘Right to Reform’ briefing note, please click here.