“Minister of State Finian McGrath has lost all credibility on disability rights issue,” Mattie McGrath

“Minister of State Finian McGrath has lost all credibility on disability rights issue,” Mattie McGrath
05-12-2017
Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said Minister of State for Disability Issues, Finian McGrath, is displaying breath taking hypocrisy with respect to the rights of disabled persons. Deputy McGrath was speaking after it was confirmed that the Minister is to urge the government to finally ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities:
“In October the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) made a watershed decision to seek an end to the term ‘incompatible with life’ in reference to the rights of any unborn child who may be diagnosed as having a life limiting condition.
The CRPD also made it clear that allowing for abortion on the grounds of disability was in violation of the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Yet there was not a single mention of this from Minister McGrath at the time; despite my writing and asking him to clarify his Departments views on the matter.
He now seeks to portray himself once again as the champion of disability issues at the same time as he actively supports the repeal of the Eighth Amendment; a repeal which would open up a direct line of attack on children diagnosed with severe disabilities.
In October the CRPD also added that, even if the diagnosis of a life-limiting condition is correct, the label “perpetuates notions of stereotyping disability as incompatible with a good life.”
Again, there was not a mention of this positive development from Minister Finian McGrath.
The Minister either supports the rights of all disabled persons or he does not. That is a position he will have to make clear.
As far as I am concerned the right of disabled persons to be treated with dignity and the protection of the law begins in the womb and and should be maintained through all stages of their lives.
It is a great pity that Minister Finian McGrath does not seem to share this view,” concluded Deputy McGrath.

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