Motion: 10. Building a political system which is inclusive of People with Disabilities
Motion
Motion Title Building a political system which is inclusive of People with Disabilities
Branch Dun Laoghaire
Address To National Executive
Motion

The Social Democrats seek to introduce a Disability Quota of a minimum of 10 per cent of people with disabilities representing the population in Dail Eireann, Seanad Eireann, and Local Government. This quota will require appropriate supports to enable electioneering, campaigning, and performance of the duties of elected representatives, so that legislation and government policy will take into account disability interests and issues.

 

Using the definition of Disability contained in the Disability Act 2005, and the provisions contained within the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015, Conference mandates the National Executive and Party Leadership to promote and seek legislative provision for the active participation in politics by people with disabilities, through whatever means, including proposing amendment to The Electoral (Amendment) (Political Funding) Act 2011, to introduce the Disability Quota.

Amendments to Motion

Amendment proposed by Galway West: Replace the term ‘People with Disabilities’ with ‘People with Disabilities/Disabled People’ where it occurs in the motion.

 

Amendment proposed by Meath East and Limerick City: Replace the first sentence with: “The Social Democrats seek to introduce a Disability Quota of a minimum of 10 per cent of people with disabilities seeking election to Dáil Éireann, Seanad Éireann and Local Government”.

Background

One of the fundamental assumptions of democracy is that citizens are equal. One of the historic challenges for equality in democracies is that people with disabilities are less likely to serve as elected representatives. The UN CRPD has placed people with disability on the global agenda, highlighting their need for greater inclusion in society and recognising them as citizens to be valued and respected. Article 29 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) obliges state Parties to ensure equal rights to participate in public and political life, including: joining political parties; free and accessible voting procedures, facilities and materials; standing for election and holding public office at all levels.