Key disability strategy launched
Sligo County Council's Disability, Inclusion and Access Strategy 2019-2022 was launched in Sligo County Hall on Thursday.
The Cathaoirleach Councillor Martin Baker said issues surrounding access and inclusion were among the most important to be addressed by the Authority and he was especially pleased that the strategy was being launched in the lifetime of this Council.
"A measure of any society is the extent of our actions in the areas of disability and inclusion.
"The objectives you have agreed have been framed from the collective experience and expertise of your committee members.
"However, the delivery of a society where the rights of people with disabilities are respected is not the sole responsibility of the local authority - every person has a duty to work towards a fair, inclusive society," he said.
Chair of the Disability Consultative Committee, Councillor Declan Bree said: "I regard today's launch, not as the culmination of a process, but as a pivotal starting point to introduce the measures and oversee the actions outlined in the strategy.
"It is one of the most important documents published by this Council over its five year term. It is estimated that 15% of County Sligo's population have a disability, and they encounter various challenges in their every-day lives.
"It is our duty as a Local Authority, in conjunction with other stakeholders, to help people overcome these barriers and deliver a society where people with disabilities enjoy the same services and opportunities as other citizens," he said.