5/26/2005

Too little too late

The Dáil is due to pass the final stages of the controversial Disability Bill this afternoon.

This is the bill that Caoimghín Ó Caoláin reacted to most angrily. He has constantly stood up to the Government on this issue and argued that a right to recourses must be included.

It seems the Opposition parties have protested at the Government's use of the so-called 'guillotine' which cuts off debate on the legislation at 1.30pm.

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny pointed out that there were 100 amendments to the bill, which have not yet been discussed.

Labor’s Emmet Stagg and Trevor Sargent of the Green Party said the bill was unacceptable because it did not give a right to services for the disabled.

Well boys, there is no point complaining now, that should have been done when Caoimghín was getting stuck into Ahern. When the vote came it went 50-48 and two of the Green TD's didn't even bother voting. Let's not forget that it was Labor who allowed Ahern out of question time because of one of their side deals that effectively neutered certain opposition powers.


Some opposition parties are a disgrace and the Disability rights groups should inform them of such.

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