DFI’s Local Election Manifesto 2019
Issued on March 13 2019
As a candidate in the Local Elections this May you are seeking power that can be used to make a real difference in the lives of the people living in your community.
People with disabilities make up 13.5% of the population. Ireland has committed to promoting and protecting the rights of people with disabilities.
As a local representative, you represent their views. You can identify and track local problems or issues. You can influence the policies and proposals that will have a direct impact on their lives.
Over a quarter of people who have a disability/illness are living in consistent poverty.
You can change this. You can build stronger, fairer communities. By supporting the right policies, you can make sure that people with disabilities can access and use local services.
Demonstrate your commitment to people with disabilities by prioritising three areas in your Local Election Manifesto 2019.
 The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was ratified in March 2018. This means that there is a legally binding international instrument to guarantee, for the first time ever, that the State must promote and protect the rights of people with disabilities.
 Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty, in Section 42 of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Act 2014 requires all public bodies to promote equality and prevent discrimination in its policies and plans.