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Press Release from Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth 

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An easy to read version of this press release is available here.

Watch Minister Rabbitte’s launch video here.

Ireland has signed up to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

Ireland now has to make sure that it consults with and involves people with disabilities when making policy and law that has an effect on them.

To make sure that this happens, the Government has decided to set up a new group, called the Disability Participation and Consultation Network.

The Network will make sure that people with disabilities will be heard directly when the Government makes important decisions.

The Disability Participation and Consultation Network will make sure people with a disability will be involved in the development of policy and legislation.

  • Following a process to find organisations to receive funding to help run the Network, this call is now being run to find interested people with disabilities, Disabled Persons Organisations (DPOs) and disability organisations to become Members of the Network.

    Members will take part in the running of the Network and be central to its work of gathering and representing the views of people with disabilities and making sure that those views are heard in the development of policy and legislation.

    • Consultation on Ireland’s Initial State Report to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is an immediate task for the Network.

    • The Minister of State with responsibility for Disability, Ms Anne Rabbitte T.D. today invited interested parties to apply to become members of Ireland’s Disability Participation and Consultation Network.


Having selected organisations to be funded to help run the Network, individual people with disabilities, DPOs and representative organisations are now being invited to become members of the Network.

Members will be an important part of the Network and its job of ensuring that people with disabilities are involved in the development of policy and law, in line with the requirements of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

People with disabilities and organisations from all backgrounds and experiences are invited to apply to become a Member. Although Membership places are limited there will still be chances to get involved with the Network when it begins its work.

Further details of the Network, the role of Members and details of how to apply are available on the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth website here.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 11am on Friday, 27 November 2020.

Announcing this invitation for expressions of interest, Minister Rabbitte said:

“Members of the Participation and Consultation Network will be central to the work of ensuring that people with a disability will be heard directly and be engaged with meaningfully when legislation and policy is being formulated.

“Since taking office, it’s been my imperative to hear firsthand the experiences of people with disabilities and how their lives have been impacted. Such engagements are crucial, and this lived experience can shape policy and legislation in a real way, ensuring a more inclusive and integrated approach to how we develop policies into the future.

“I would invite individuals with disabilities, Disabled Person’s Organisations and disability organisations representing the wide range of disability experiences in Ireland to apply. Training and support will be provided by the Network and, in particular, I hope that people who may normally be distanced from, or who have not felt the opportunity to be involved in similar activities, will look to become involved.”


Human Rights, News
The Joint Committee on Disability Matters invites written submissions from interested groups or individuals to hear about the lived experience of people with disabilities on the issues that affect them and their families and/or carers. These submissions will assist the Committee in what they need to focus on in their role as a Committee and their future work.


The Committee was set up to consider all disability matters including monitoring the implementation (by Ireland) of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (UNCRPD), but the Committee is also tasked with developing its own Terms of Reference, which will guide the work for the Committee for the rest of its term.

As it is important to the Committee to involve people with disabilities in a more meaningful way in the development of policy and legislation, the Committee would like to hear from people on their lived experience and what they feel needs to be included in the Committees Terms of Reference.

The submissions received will inform the Committees Terms of Reference so that the Committee can work to not only meet the needs of people with disabilities in Ireland, but deliver on the systematic change that the UNCRPD demands and ensure that this Convention becomes a reality in the daily lives of people with disabilities. The Committee will strive to ensure the systematic change needed, that will not only ensure that people with disabilities are integrated effectively into society, but that society can also continue to integrate into the lives of people with disabilities.

The UNCRPD aims at enabling this systematic change and social development across multiple areas of society by ensuring that people must not be treated differently or unfairly because of their disability. It also outlines what countries need to do to make sure that people who have disabilities have the same rights as everyone else. Please find further details on the UNCRPD here.

Please note that this is an initial consultation, and your submission will help inform the Committees Terms of Reference and the Committee may decide to invite a number of contributors to public hearings, should it be considered necessary. The Committee will continue to engage with stakeholders throughout the remit of the Committee and hear about the lived experience of people with disabilities on the issues that affect them and their families and/or carers.

Closing date

The closing date for receipt of submissions is 3pm on Monday, 9 November 2020.

How to send your submission

Please email an electronic document (searchable PDF or equivalent) to

Please do not send hard copies of your submission, as this may cause confusion and duplication.

Please do not send your submission to individual committee members. The Clerk will ensure all members receive copies of all submissions.

What to include in your submission

Your submission should comprise the submission document and a separate covering letter. This allows the Committee to publish your submission without your contact details.

In the covering letter, please include:
– your name, email address and contact telephone number
– if the submission is on behalf of an organisation, your position in the organisation
  • – a brief outline of why you are making the submission
  • – an indication of whether you would be willing to appear in public session at a committee meeting
In the submission document, please include:
  • a brief introduction, for example, explaining your area of expertise
  • any factual information that you have to offer from which the committee might be able to draw conclusions, or which could be put to other parties for their reactions
  • links to any publications you refer to; there is no need to send such publications as attachments any recommendations to the committee; be as specific as possible and summarise your recommendations at the end of the document if your document is more than 10 pages long, an executive summary of the main points made in the submission

Tips on writing your submission

Keep your submission concise and to the point. Please do not include any unnecessary or superfluous material that does not relate directly to the topic.

If you refer to other publications, include links to the publications. There is no need to send them as attachments.

Please remember to number your pages.

If you would like more detailed guidance on writing your submission, please contact the Clerk to the Committee, Regina Boyle.

Important information

  • The Committee cannot consider submissions which deal with matters outside its remit.
  • The Committee cannot consider submissions which deal with individual cases.
  • Submissions sent to any other email address may not be accepted.
  • Anonymous submissions cannot be accepted and will be rejected.
  • Petitions and form letters may not be accepted or published.
  • Submissions made to a Committee may be published as received, either as part of a Committee report or separately, if the Committee decides to do so.


Making a submission is a public process

The Committee is not obliged to accept your document once it has been submitted, nor is it obliged to publish any or all of the submission if it has been accepted. However, the operations of a parliament are a public process, and you should be aware that any submissions made to a Committee including your identity may be published either as part of a Committee report, or separately, if the Committee decides to do so.


Before making your submission, please read our privacy statement.


Clerk to the Committee:
Regina Boyle
(01) 618 3575



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                                                           15th to 17th June, 2022
                                            The Lady Gregory Hotel, Gort, Co Galway
                                                     Pre-conference: 13th to 15th June

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Living Room Conversations…ideas that influence Person Centered Work

John O’Brien and Connie Lyle-O’Brien have spent a lifetime moving our thinking about how people with developmental disabilities can be supported, shifting from institution and program centered life, to the person centered life of citizens contributing to the communities where people live. This video explores a framework for thinking that John and Connie began to develop more than 40 years ago, incorporating the five valued experiences and the five accomplishments that can shape the intent, focus, and delivery of support.

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Covid 19, News, Resources

The ILN are conscious of the extra stress facing many family members with regard to supporting their family during the current crisis.

Some families face a reduction in formal supports, closure of schools, loss of employment and reduced income. 

We hope to provide important updates and supports for you during this time.


Resources during Covid-19:



The Department of Education and Skills has prepared information about Talking to children and young people about COVID-19 (pdf).



Community Groups:

COVID-19 Government Action Plan to support the community response.


COVID-19 Posters/Videos English & Irish, available here.


To support the community response to COVID-19 the DRCD have developed a suite of leaflets about volunteering, on supporting communities and advice during this time. Find out more here.


Irish Rural Link have prepared a useful ‘Protocol for Community Groups and Volunteers in delivering services’ during COVID19. Access the protocol here.



Essential Services:

Galway County Council has updated its provision of services during COVID-19.



Emergency measures were announced on 19 March 2020 to protect tenants who have been impacted by COVID-19. 




Immigration permissions during COVID-19 have changed. Immigration Services Division has a list of frequently asked questions about these changes.



HSE (Health Service Executive) COVID-19 updates available here.

HPSC (Health Protection Surveillance Centre) – Guidance for healthcare professionals on COVID-19 available here.

Government of Ireland ( COVID-19 – Latest Updates available here.


Mental Health:

List of Mental Health Supports from, available here.

Advice on Minding your Mental Health during the outbreak available here

Jigsaw Resource to Coping with the impact from Corona Virus.


Online and phone supports: Face-to-face interaction may be limited during this period. There are many online mental health resources and phone services that can help. Check here.


Older People:

Information on supports for older people during the coronavirus pandemic.

Older people who have questions or concerns can contact:


  • ALONE helpline on 0818 222 014
  • Senior helpline on 1800 804 591

Advice for the elderly and those who need supports- Advice during COVID-19.

Information on how to guard against fraud and generate trust-Protecting against fraud.


Social Security:

If you have lost your job, or been laid off because of COVID-19, you can apply for the COVID-19 Unemployment Payment.


How to nominate a temporary agent to collect DEASP payments: An Post Temporary Agent Form


On 19 March 2020, DEASP announced that social welfare payments will paid on a double (two-week) basis. You can find out more about these changes.

The DEASP also have a dedicated COVID-19 Income Support Helpline (open from 9am-5pm, 01-2481398 / 1890-800-024.

All of our updates, contacts, links & info here.


Find out more about your employment rights during the COVID-19 restrictions.




If you are planning to travel abroad, you should follow the travel advice of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.




Advice for those who want to volunteer- How can I volunteer in response to COVID-19?


‘Do’s and Don’ts’ of volunteering – Sensible volunteering in response to COVID-19


‘How can we get volunteers’? – Advice on the recruitment of volunteers for community groups.


If you are well enough and would like to volunteer, or are looking for volunteers, in response to COVID19 please register with Volunteer Centre Galway.




On 9th January 2020, the Taoiseach and ministers will meet at the Marino Institute of Education to discuss issues surrounding disability.

Christina Finn from the reports that the Disability Federation of Ireland stating ahead of the meeting today it is essential that the Cabinet is aware that for people with disabilities there remain huge obstacles and barriers.

Ombudsman Peter Tyndall has written to the Cabinet to highlight some of the issues raised in complaints to his office that affect people with disabilities. He highlights a six-and-a-half-year delay in implementing a replacement scheme for the Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grant schemes that were closed to new applicants in 2013 by the Department of Health.

The National Platform of Self-advocates hope that the meeting will also discuss further funding to support their advocacy work.


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