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Fionnuala (9) has been 'waiting all her life' for equality

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Tracey Holsgrove with her daughter Fionnuala Lynch (9) Photo: Tom Burke

Tracey Holsgrove with her daughter Fionnuala Lynch (9) Photo: Tom Burke

Tracey Holsgrove with her daughter Fionnuala Lynch (9) Photo: Tom Burke

A mother says her daughter has been waiting "all her life" for the Government to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.

Yesterday marked the 10-year anniversary of when the convention was first adopted and Ireland remains the only EU country that has failed to ratify it.

Protesters from disability groups all across Ireland gathered outside Leinster House, calling on the Government to change this.

Tracey Holsgrove, whose disabled daughter Fionnuala Lynch will turn 10 in July, told the Irish Independent her family has been fighting for equality for the entire decade.

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Joanne O’Riordan with other protesters outside Leinster House Photo: Tom Burke

Joanne O’Riordan with other protesters outside Leinster House Photo: Tom Burke

Joanne O’Riordan with other protesters outside Leinster House Photo: Tom Burke

"It is 10 years today since our country made a big show of being one of the first countries to sign the convention. Fionnuala was born 10 years ago and we have literally waited all her life for this to be ratified."

The protest was co-ordinated by a number of disability groups including Down Syndrome Ireland, Rehab, and the Irish Wheelchair Association.

Speaking at the event, leading disability rights activist Joanne O'Riordan, who was born with no limbs, said disabled people "deserve to be treated equally".

"The sad reality is that most people living in Ireland are unaware of the positive implications that this convention will have on our lives," she said.

Irish Independent