Disability Federation of Ireland Newsletter December 2007
Issued on December 1 2007
In its recent Programme for Government (June 2007), Government stated that:
"This Government is determined to continue to prioritise the interests of people with disabilities over the next five years, through a series of significant measures. We are committed to ensuring that the Strategy is driven and managed from a whole of Government perspective and it will be overseen and supported by the Department of An Taoiseach . This Government, will for each year of the Programme for Government, set out the objectives and outcomes to be reached in the NDS having regard to the vision and long terms goals for people with disabilities as set out in Towards 2016. This approach will be properly monitored and we will ensure that at least half of the strategy is implemented by 2010".
In light of this commitment to prioritise disability through the implementation of the National Disability Strategy, DFI is extremely concerned that this Budget has not progressed the inclusion of people with disabilities in Ireland. This is incredible given the renewed commitment in the Programme for Government