Tuesday 7 November 2023

Submission re Green Paper on Disability Reform by ME Advocates Ireland (MEAI)


"Compassion for those who are suffering has been replaced by a punitive, mean-spirited, and often callous approach apparently designed to instil discipline where it is least useful, to impose a rigid order on the lives of those least capable of coping with today’s world, and elevating the goal of enforcing blind compliance over a genuine concern to improve the well-being of those at the lowest levels of society.”

New Submission Deadline - 15th March 2024

ME Advocates Ireland (MEAI) Green Paper Submission

ME Advocates Ireland (MEAI) is concerned about the adequate provision of state services, resources and welfare entitlements for people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). 

Where services, resources and welfare entitlements are unavailable, inaccessible, or under threat of being taken away, ME Advocates Ireland (MEAI) aims to highlight these inadequacies in the hope that the situation is improved in favour of the person with M.E. associated illness and disabilities. 

We have responded to the recently published government Green Paper on Disability Reform with our submission by email on behalf of members of the M.E. community in Ireland. We think that the proposal is a reductive, regressive, brutal way to frame the lived experience and reality of life for our disabled citizens, and vehemently oppose the proposal by the Irish Government to categorize disabled people for the purposes of allocating social welfare payments. Please see our reasons as outlined in our submission.

Our completed submission is available here

and the submission is also available in PDF format. If you would like a copy of the PDF please email us at info@meadvocatesireland.com or contact us via the message button on our facebook page.

The full email details re the Submission made by ME Advocates Ireland (MEAI) on 07/11/23 including te response are at the bottom of this page.

Green Paper on Disability Reform

The Minister for Social Protection in Ireland announced proposed radical welfare ouverhaul with the publication of the Government's Green Paper in September. The Disability Green Paper is available to download and view under the heading 'Documents' on the governmment page via this link.