Ireland was one of the last countries world-wide to ratify the convention and I am delighted that Minister for Disabilities, Finian McGrath, T.D., committed to ratification upon his appointment in 2016. I brought forward a motion asking for all DLRCC councillors to support ratification, which was passed by a majority. I had ongoing discussions with Minister McGrath who kept me updated in this regard.Read More
In the past I have worked in the media reporting on disability issues. I was disappointed to see that promises made years ago were not fulfilled by subsequent governments and this motivated me to run in the 2014 local elections.
I am passionate about making a real and lasting difference in the area of health and disability at a local level. Some of the initiatives relating to health and disability to date include promotion of walking and fitness in the county, bringing motions to Council asking for autism friendly services and support on recognition of deaf-blindness. One of the most important achievements to date in relation to disability has been the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights for Persons with Disabilities.