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Ballymoney Beach accessibility funding secured following campaign by local teenager

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Ballymoney Beach, Wexford.

Ballymoney Beach, Wexford.

Ballymoney Beach, Wexford.

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Funding has been secured for works at Ballymoney Beach which will pave the way towards making the beach more accessible.

The work, estimated at €160,000, will involve improving access to the beach and the installation of an accessible toilet alongside the existing facility.

A tender is now out for the design of the path and Wexford County Council hopes that everything will be complete by July for the summer season, though this timeline is subject to the tenders received and availability of construction crews.

The news comes following a campaign spearheaded by local resident and disability advocate, Matthew McGrath, who gathered 2,525 signatures on a petition calling for beaches in north Wexford to be made accessible.

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Through his campaign, Matthew shone a light on the fact that as many as ten beaches in north Wexford are not accessible. In addition to receiving widespread support for his petition, he also had the issue raised at a meeting of Gorey Kilmuckridge Municipal District where he was supported by all councillors.

While Matthew was unavailable to comment on the news on Tuesday, it was welcomed by many of those who have supported his campaign since the start.

“It’s really good news for the area,” said Senator Malcolm Byrne. “I’d like to pay tribute to Matthew McGrath, who has been campaigning very actively for this. He is a very strong advocate for disability access. I’d also like to commend George Colfer from Wexford County Council’s Environment section, who has worked really hard to get this over the line.”

The news was also welcomed by Councillor Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin, who expressed his hope that the project will be complete in time for summer.

"I would like to thank Wexford County Council for prioritising this project and particular recognition to Matthew McGrath who has been actively campaigning to ensure that this happens,” he added.


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