507. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 95 of 22 March 2018, the reforms needed for Ireland to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; the roadmap to achieve same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15102/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy Finian McGrath): It is intended that the final legislative amendments needed to enable Ireland to comply with the Convention will be contained in the Disability (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2016 and in a standalone Bill on Deprivation of Liberty.
The Disability (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2016 is currently awaiting Committee Stage in Dáil Éireann.
At its meeting on 5 December 2017, the Government approved the publication ...

180. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the legislation that is now required for Ireland to become fully compliant with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; and the timeline that is being worked to in each case. (Question 14430/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy Finian McGrath): It is intended that the final legislative amendments needed to enable Ireland to comply with the Convention will be contained in the Disability (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2016 and in a stand-alone Bill on Deprivation of Liberty which will be sponsored by the Minister for Health and myself and which we aim to have enacted by end 2018.  
The Disability (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2016 is currently awaitin...

95. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason for the non-ratification of the optional protocol to the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; his plans to ratify the optional protocol; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13282/18 asked on 22 Mar 2018 - UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy Finian McGrath): While there was a commitment given, in the 2015 Roadmap, to ratify the Optional Protocol at the same time as the Convention, the current focus has been on ratifying the Convention itself as a first step. The Convention and the Optional Protocol cover a broad range of commitments some of which require substantive cultural change.  Work is continuing on the reforms needed for Ireland’s compliance with the Convent...

293. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the measures he plans to implement to assist persons with disabilities following the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; his plans to sign up to the Optional Protocol of the Convention; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12980/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy Finian McGrath): The UN Convention provides that people with disabilities should have the same rights as everyone else and should be provided with the practical supports to make that aspiration a reality.  It requires us to change our approach to services for people with disabilities by putting the person’s civil and human rights first and putting the resources in place to that end. 
The Disability Miscellaneous Provisions Bil...

344. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when Ireland will opt into the optional protocol in relation to the UNCRPD; the reason it was not declared at the time of Ireland’s official ratification of the convention in view of the fact that in the roadmap to ratification it states Ireland’s intention to sign and ratify the optional protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the same time as the convention itself is being ratified; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12390/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy Finian McGrath): While there was a commitment given, in the 2015 Roadmap, to ratify the Optional Protocol at the same time as the Convention, the current focus has been on ratifying the Convention itself as a first step. The Convention and the Optional Protocol cover a broad range of commitments some of which require substantive cultural change. For this reason, a phased approach is seen as the most practical and realistic way...

345. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the optional protocol in relation to the UNCRPD (details supplied) has been signed; if not, the reason therefor; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12391/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy Finian McGrath): While there was a commitment given, in the 2015 Roadmap, to ratify the Optional Protocol at the same time as the Convention, the current focus has been on ratifying the Convention itself as a first step. The Convention and the Optional Protocol cover a broad range of commitments some of which require substantive cultural change. For this reason, a phased approach is seen as the most practical and realistic way...

358. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the optional protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will be ratified; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12764/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy Finian McGrath): While there was a commitment given, in the 2015 Roadmap, to ratify the Optional Protocol at the same time as the Convention, the current focus has been on ratifying the Convention itself as a first step. The Convention and the Optional Protocol cover a broad range of commitments some of which require substantive cultural change.  Work is continuing on the reforms needed for Ireland’s compliance with the Convent...

606. Deputy James Lawless asked the Minister for Health when he plans to sign and ratify the optional protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12547/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): I will ask my officials in the Department of Justice and Equality to respond to the Deputy directly on this matter.
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521. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Health the additional health service resources that will be required for the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. (Question 10159/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The purpose of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity.  
It is intended that the final legislative amendments needed to enable Ireland to comply with the Convention will be contained in the Disability (Miscellaneous...

243. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the way in which he plans to address the employment reservation throughout the ratification process of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; the protections he plans to put in place regarding employment for persons with disabilities until legislation is finalised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6710/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy Finian McGrath): The reservation to which the Deputy refers, in relation to Article 27(1) of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, is permitted under the EU Framework Directive and has been entered by a number of other EU member states.  
This reservation allows for the continued operation of appropriate occupational health assessments in recruitment to front line posts where there are genuine...

21. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health the additional health service resources that will be required for the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. (Question 6447/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The purpose of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity. 
It is intended that the final legislative amendments needed to enable Ireland to comply with the Convention will be contained in the Disability (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2016 spons...

242. Deputy Patrick O’Donovan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the timeframe for ratification of the UN Convention of the Rights for Persons with Disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2972/18 asked on 23 Jan 2018 - UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy Finian McGrath): Ireland signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2007 and since then, successive Governments have emphasised Ireland’s strong commitment to proceed to ratification as quickly as possible, taking into account the need to ensure all necessary legislative and administrative requirements under the Convention are met. 
As you will be aware, Government, at a meeting last month, agreed to rat...

570. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the cost associated with ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1365/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy Finian McGrath): Ireland signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2007 and since then, successive Governments have emphasised Ireland’s strong commitment to proceed to ratification as quickly as possible, taking into account the need to ensure all necessary legislative and administrative requirements under the Convention are met. 
As you will be aware, Government, at a meeting last month, agreed to rat...

592. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the date by which the Government will ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. (Question 1765/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy Finian McGrath): Ireland signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2007 and since then, successive Governments have emphasised Ireland’s strong commitment to proceed to ratification as quickly as possible, taking into account the need to ensure all necessary legislative and administrative requirements under the Convention are met. 
As you will be aware, Government, at a meeting last month, agreed to rat...

212. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the timeframe for ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; the reason for the delay including legislative barriers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52683/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy Finian McGrath): Ireland signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2007 and since then, successive Governments have emphasised Ireland’s strong commitment to proceed to ratification as quickly as possible, taking into account the need to ensure all necessary legislative and administrative requirements under the Convention are met. 
I am pleased that the Government, at a meeting last week, agreed to rati...

148. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the timeframe for the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52150/17 asked on 06 Dec 2017 - UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy Finian McGrath): Ireland signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2007 and since then, successive Governments have emphasised Ireland’s strong commitment to proceed to ratification as quickly as possible, taking into account the need to ensure all necessary legislative and administrative requirements under the Convention are met. 
I am pleased that, at its meeting yesterday, the Government agreed to r...

223. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will be ratified, in view of the fact that 3 December 2017 marks the International Day of Persons with Disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51956/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy Finian McGrath): Ireland signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2007 and since then, successive Governments have emphasised Ireland’s strong commitment to proceed to ratification as quickly as possible, taking into account the need to ensure all necessary legislative and administrative requirements under the Convention are met. This Government remains committed to ratification of the Convention. 
It...

274. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the timeframe for Ireland’s ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; the reason for the delay to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48986/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy Finian McGrath): Ireland signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2007 and since then, successive Governments have emphasised Ireland’s strong commitment to proceed to ratification as quickly as possible, taking into account the need to ensure all necessary legislative and administrative requirements under the Convention are met. This Government remains committed to ratification of the Convention. 
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145. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Health if he has made representations to have Ireland adopt the United Nations Convention on Rights of People with Disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48488/17 asked on 16 Nov 2017 - UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): This is a matter in the first instance for my colleague the Minister for Justice and Equality who has lead responsibility for progressing Ireland’s ratification of the United Nations Convention on Rights of People with Disabilities.
As the Deputy may be aware, Ireland signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2007 and since then, successive Governments have emphasised Ireland’s strong commitment to proceed to ratification as qu...

193. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when the United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities will be ratified; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47639/17 asked on 14 Nov 2017 - UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy Finian McGrath): Ireland signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2007 and since then, successive Governments have emphasised Ireland’s strong commitment to proceed to ratification as quickly as possible, taking into account the need to ensure all necessary legislative and administrative requirements under the Convention are met. This Government remains committed to ratification of the Convention.
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205. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when Ireland will ratify the United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities and put in place legislation for persons with disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47824/17 asked on 14 Nov 2017 - UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy Finian McGrath): Ireland signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2007 and since then, successive Governments have emphasised Ireland’s strong commitment to proceed to ratification as quickly as possible, taking into account the need to ensure all necessary legislative and administrative requirements under the Convention are met. This Government remains committed to ratification of the Convention.
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116. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when the State plans to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities; the reason for the delay in doing so to date; his views on the difference it will make to the lives of persons living here with disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45460/17 asked on 26 Oct 2017 - UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy Finian McGrath): Ireland signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2007 and since then, successive Governments have emphasised Ireland’s strong commitment to proceed to ratification as quickly as possible, taking into account the need to ensure all necessary legislative and administrative requirements under the Convention are met. This Government remains committed to ratification of the Convention. 
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193. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason for the delay in ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45052/17 asked on 24 Oct 2017 - UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy Finian McGrath): Ireland signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2007 and since then, successive Governments have emphasised Ireland’s strong commitment to proceed to ratification as quickly as possible, taking into account the need to ensure all necessary legislative and administrative requirements under the Convention are met. This Government remains committed to ratification of the Convention. 
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34. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the blocks preventing the immediate ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44195/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy Finian McGrath): Ireland signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2007 and since then, successive Governments have emphasised Ireland’s strong commitment to proceed to ratification as quickly as possible, taking into account the need to ensure all necessary legislative and administrative requirements under the Convention are met. This Government remains committed to ratification of the Convention. 
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237. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason the State has not ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; when the convention will be ratified; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43946/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy Finian McGrath): Ireland signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2007 and since then, successive Governments have emphasised Ireland’s strong commitment to proceed to ratification as quickly as possible, taking into account the need to ensure all necessary legislative and administrative requirements under the Convention are met. This Government remains committed to ratification of the Convention. 
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