DFI Pre-Budget Submission Launch 2013, John O’Sullivan, Vice Chairperson, Disability Federation of Ireland
Issued on October 4 2012
On behalf of the Disability Federation of Ireland, as its Vice Chairperson, I would like to welcome everyone here today. I must apologise for our Chairperson Maurice O”Connell who could not be present today and to also welcome a number of my fellow Board members. DFI is an umbrella organisation with over 120 members and associates who involve people with a wide range of disabilities and disabling conditions, including mental ill health. Our Strategic Plan for 2011-2016 sets DFI”s mission: “To act as an advocate for the full and equal inclusion of people with disabilities and disabling conditions, in all aspects of their lives.”
DFI realises that many people with disabilities simply cannot survive more cuts to their services and their standard of living. As citizens of Ireland they are entitled to experience ordinary, meaningful lives. Budget 2013 must respect that.