Thursday 25 April 2019

Moore demands beach review

Fianna Fail's Anthony Moore has called for Louth and Meath County Councils to do more to improve access for disabled persons to the counties' beaches.

"We are having one of the best summers on record, and we all know that in this weather there's nothing better than going down to the beach and enjoying the sun. Unfortunately, the lack of accessible facilities for wheelchair access to our beaches means that disabled persons or persons with mobility issues cannot enjoy these facilities to the same extent as able-bodied people. This is a breach of their right to equality and flies in the face of Dail Eireann's ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities last March.

'It's high time that Louth and Meath County Councils made our beaches and open spaces more inclusive. In England, there have been pioneering schemes which include ramps on the sand and availability of special beach wheelchairs. In France, tourist hotspots like Nice have designated areas on the beach for the enjoyment of wheelchair users. There is no reason why we can't do that here so that disabled people can enjoy our natural amenities to the full.'

Drogheda Independent