A new Fianna Fáil Disability Network committee has been formed this week to campaign for equal rights for disabled people.
The first official meeting of the network was hosted online on Tuesday.
Amongst items discussed at the forum was an accessibility checklist for the upcoming Árd Fheis for members with disabilities, a White Paper outlining Fianna Fáil disability policy, and proposals for an in-person event focusing on disability matters in 2022.
Commenting on the development, Chairperson of the Disability Network, Sinéad Lucey Brennan said “I have been working with members to develop this Network and I am delighted that we have the Network up and running and with a committee formed and with the support of Fianna Fáil headquarters.
“Donegal party members gave fantastic feedback and ideas during the consultation process and I look forward to meeting with disability groups and services while in Donegal this year.”
Ms Lucey Brennan added: “I thank Donegal Minister Charlie McConalogue for his work on disability matters and Minister Anne Rabbitte for her continued leadership on disability matters and Fianna Fáil Joint Oireachtas Committee Disability Matters members Michael Moynihan, Jennifer Murnane O’Connor, Fiona O’Loughlin and Erin McGreehan as well as Padraig O’Sullivan, and Joe Flaherty who work specifically on autism matters.
“Disability is something that impacts almost everyone in society in one way or another, and is a crucial issue. This network will allow Fianna Fáil members, officials and elected representatives the opportunity to work together to develop policy that will help society”.