Thursday 19 September 2019

Unfair: 'It's a slap in the face to people with disabilities'

Students: Conor Dillon (left), from Swords, and Ciaran Costello, from Co Westmeath, at the protest in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Damien Eagers
Students: Conor Dillon (left), from Swords, and Ciaran Costello, from Co Westmeath, at the protest in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Damien Eagers
Ian Begley

Ian Begley

Student Conor Dillon, from Swords, Co Dublin, described the HSE's decision to scrap the Rehabilitative Training allowance as "a slap in the face" to those with disabilities.

The 21-year-old, who lives with cerebral palsy and attends the Central Remedial Clinic in Clontarf, Dublin, is about to start rehabilitation training to advance his education and skills.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Mr Dillon said he was now on a mission to highlight what he deemed a "totally unfair" decision by the HSE.

"I think that it is very wrong that this allowance is being taken away from people who are doing their best to progress their education," he said.

"I am really annoyed and I feel discriminated against. Why is it our allowance that was taken away?

"I was planning on using this money for lunches and transport while I completed this course," he said.

"I feel if this allowance is taken away from me, I won't be able to do as many activities or learning outside the centre.

"It's totally unfair, which is why I'm now standing up for other people in my situation.

"It's a slap in the face to everyone with disabilities," he said.

Irish Independent

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