The National Platform of Self Advocates is an independent self advocacy organisation.

Dear Minister Flanagan,

I write to express my disappointment at the announced closure of the National Platform of Self Advocates, Ireland’s only Disabled Persons Organization (DPO) operated by those with intellectual disability.

The consultation and involvement of persons with disabilities in any processes that concern them is a clear right recognized in the CRPD, a convention which we, and you, have fought hard to ratify in Ireland. Ratification is not enough. What does it say about our country of we allow this DPO to close? What does it say about our commitment to removing barriers to their participation? What does is say about our commitment to making the right enshrined in the convention a reality?

I have learned something in every interaction I have previously had with the National Platform. the have helped shape the national agenda on disability rights issues, voicing the importance of reforms in many areas such as employment, personal budgets and transport.

I acknowledge Minister McGrath’s attempts to support the National Platform with short term funding. However, it is vital a means is now found to fund the platform into the future, which offers them the stability and independence they require to continue their work.


Catherine O’Leary

Donna McNamara

Dear Minister Flanagan, I am writing to you as a former constituent to express my deep concern at the news that The National Platform of Self Advocates is being forced to close due to lack of funding. I implore you to consider urgent action in this regard as the... read more

Jyrki Pinomaa – President Inclusion Europe

To Minister for Justice, Mr. Charlie Flanagan The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) clearly states that all people with disabilities have the right to be included in the community. The motto of the international disability... read more

Karen O’Shea

Dear Mr Flanagan From its very beginning the National Platform of Self- Advocates has sought to be an independent voice for people with disabilities and is unique in what it offers in this country. The Platform have researched, campaigned and offered their experience... read more
The National Platform of Self Advocates
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