01 Jul 2022

McGreehan welcomes Minister Rabbitte to meet with Louth disability groups

McGreehan welcomes Minister Rabbitte to meet with Louth disability groups

Louth Fianna Fáil Senator and member of the Oireachtas Disability Matters Committee, Erin McGreehan, welcomed the Minister of State for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Anne Rabbitte to Dundalk last month. 

The Minister met with representatives from Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI), to discuss Louth’s first Disabled Persons Organisation (DPO).

Paula Soraghan who is part of the Louth DPO and is employed by ILMI stressed the importance of disabled people self-advocating, it is not a disability that restricts it is our society that creates barriers. 

Senator McGreehan commented:

“The value of DPO’s on a county level is so important.

"I hope to see Louth DPO thriving and striving, and its members, who all have a disability, speak up for change and partake in council policy groups to influence policy actions at a local level. 

“There is a requirement that DPOs both locally and nationally are supported financially by the State.

"This is integral to the implementation of the UNCRPD and to ensure disabled persons live independent, fulfilled and happy lives.” 

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