Fahey, Frank

Tuesday, 24 May 2005

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 602 No. 7

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Disability Bill 2004: Report Stage (Resumed).

On Deputy Finian McGrath’s point that the battle for rights goes on, I suggest that the battle for services goes on. I agree with him that there are gaps in the service.More Button

I come across them every day.More Button

The objective is to provide those services, not to provide rights. The provision of rights does not guarantee that services will be provided. The Opposition is being a little disingenuous in respect o...More Button

I am using the example of clinical depression, which is treatable and curable. It is not, and was never intended to be, included in the definition of disability. Clinical depression is not a form of d...More Button

I am quite satisfied with the legal advice available to me to the effect that this Bill is sufficiently robust to withstand any constitutional challenge.More Button

When he requires them, he will get them.More Button

He is wrong.More Button

The Deputy is wrong to suggest that a person in a wheelchair does not have a disability.More Button

A review to take place not later than five years means that it could happen within one month after the legislation being passed.More Button

That is correct, but the amendment I have brought in allows a review to take place, should that be necessary. The spirit of this amendment is that a review should take place and be completed within fi...More Button

If it is to take place not later than five years, then certainly we expect that it will be completed within that time.More Button

We are beginning to get absurd again with the responses.More Button

I will again clarify for Deputy Stanton that a person in a wheelchair who can enjoy full life benefits, as he described, is included in this Bill. That person is limited in his or her capacity because...More Button


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