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Six petitions to be presented by Irish people to the European Parliament's Petitions Committee

On Monday and Tuesday, 26th and 27th April, six petitions, either submitted by Irish people or dealing directly with Ireland will be presented to MEPs at the European Parliament's Petitions Committee.  The first of the petitions, dealing with the '1 million 4 disability' campaign, will be presented by former Independent MEP Kathy Sinnott.  The other Irish petitions address issues ranging from education for minors affected by autism, abuses in Bulgarian children's homes and EU laws on food supplements.

Former Independent MEP Kathy Sinnott will present the first of the petitions during this afternoon's Committee meeting in Brussels.  She will present this '1 million 4 disability' petition on behalf of the European Disability Federation.  The petition has been submitted with 1,364,984 signatures and calls among other things for equality, access to services, the right to independent living and social protection.

A petition submitted by Teresa Hayes in 2007 will also be discussed today.  She has made a complaint, supported by 12 other people, about the lack of services for people with autism.  She has claimed that the Irish Government is negligent and neglectful with regard to the provision of education for minors affected by autism.

Desmond Fitzgerald's petition about abuses in Bulgarian children's homes will also be addressed today.  His petition makes reference to a BBC documentary about the conditions in children's homes in Bulgaria and calls for the Bulgarian Government to be held accountable for the situation.

Three Irish petitions will be addressed later in the day, all dealing with efforts to bring laws in EU Member States dealing with food supplements into step with each other.  The three petitions were submitted by Jill Bell on behalf of the Irish Association of Health Stores and by Grace Kinirons on behalf of Nutritional Therapists Ireland (both in 2007), and by Alan G. Ruth on behalf of the Irish Health Trade Association in 2008.

The Petitions Committee is proposing to close a seventh petition submitted by Freddy Kerr in 2007, as a result of reply received from the European Commission.  Mr Kerr's petition dealth with flooding and other problems related to the proximity of his farm in Longford to the N4.


For further information, please contact Eimear Ní Bhroin, Press Officer at or 086 8559423.