Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (523)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

523. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his timeframe to ratify the optional protocol of the UNCRPD; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35635/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Convention and the Optional Protocol of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) 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 Convention's requirements.  For this reason, a phased approach is seen as the most practical and realistic way of moving forward. 

The timescale to ratify the Optional Protocol will be determined as soon as the first reporting cycle under the Convention concludes.