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'People think issues around disability don’t exist because we’re athletes' – Ellen Keane on the discriminatory treatment of Ireland teammate Martin Gordon

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Paralymic swimmer Ellen Keane won a gold medal in Tokyo in 2021 and bronze in Rio in 2016. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Paralymic swimmer Ellen Keane won a gold medal in Tokyo in 2021 and bronze in Rio in 2016. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Paralymic swimmer Ellen Keane won a gold medal in Tokyo in 2021 and bronze in Rio in 2016. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Paralympic champion Ellen Keane says the recent discriminatory treatment of her Ireland teammate Martin Gordon underlines just how much ignorance disabled people still have to put up with in their daily lives.

Mr Gordon represented Ireland in tandem cycling in the Tokyo Paralympics in 2021 but revealed that he was refused entry at a Dublin restaurant because he was accompanied by his guide dog.

The uproar that followed will hopefully be a lesson for the service industry

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