Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Thursday, 4 July 2019
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government
Housing for People with a Disability: Discussion
The Vice Chairman mentioned engagement of people with disabilities at different fora, including committees. He also mentioned Councillor Miriam Murphy, who came back with an enhanced vote, which is good news. That is important. When the transport report was written, it was published with evidence and quotes from people with disabilities. They were lived experiences. Would it be possible to have a session with some people with disabilities some day? I know the logistics involved with setting up committee meetings but they could set out the impact of these issues. We could have the testimony of a parent or something like that. It would really enrich the report and drive home the point so well made by our guests.
The National Disability Authority indicated that we must be ready to make the first report to the UN disability committee next year. The report we will compile will be really important in that regard because it will demonstrate that the committee takes seriously the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its articles relating to housing and community.