[Sinn Fein]

10th June 2003

SF TD says it's a disgrace that people with disabilities have to demonstrate outside Leinster House

Sinn Fein Health spokesperson Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin TD stated his support for the protest  outside the Dáil today by groups representing people with disabilities. He said:

``It  is  disgraceful that yet again people with disabilities have to demonstrate outside  Leinster  House because of the failure of this Government to keep their promises.  The  Programme  for Government promised to `complete the programme of expansion  of  appropriate  care  places  for people with disabilities'. Instead funding  for  people  with intellectual disabilities has been cut, existing care places  cannot  be  maintained  and  the  promised  Disability Bill has not been published.  On the eve of the Special Olympics this is a shameful record for the Government in the face of the international community.'' ENDS

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