When does something become a right, not a nice gesture, an empty promise, a position paper, a task force topic, a strategy, or a well-meant but never acted on implementation plan?

When it is recognised as a right, enforceable by law.

It’s that easy.

To date, Ireland is the only EU country and one of the few countries in the UN, that has not ratified yet, 10 years after signing it, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Diabilities (CRPD.

Tomorrow at 11am, in front of Dáil Éireann, there will be a protest, reminding our public representatives of the urgency of the ratification of this convention – and on the necessity to recognise the rights of persons with disabilities not just in the health system, not just in society, but in the legal framework of the State.

Isn’t it remarkable that it took a single person, the marvellous Joanne O’Riordan, to organise this protest? I think it is. And it should put to shame all the large, heavily funded, well-supported disability organisations to shame.