When the mask slips: Ireland’s equality dream

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Ireland is about to become one of the most progressive nations in the world when it comes to human rights. Forget our bravura performance last May, when we voted in marriage equality, or our Gender Recognition Act, passed in July. We are about to pass legislation that will give equality to people with intellectual disabilities (ID). It’s radical and enormously welcome.

But the new law is masking a system which discriminates against people with ID in some of the most fundamental aspects of life: sex, homes and jobs. These are all things that are closed to people with ID in Ireland today, and the new legislation does nothing to change that.

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