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'Our trip to the park was ruined - despite rules, it was a free-for-all' - mother of girl with severe disabilities

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Important time: Lynn McDonald and her daughter Daisy (7) left their local park after seeing how busy it was. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Important time: Lynn McDonald and her daughter Daisy (7) left their local park after seeing how busy it was. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Important time: Lynn McDonald and her daughter Daisy (7) left their local park after seeing how busy it was. Photo: Steve Humphreys

A mother spoke of her frustration after her first walk in the local park in 11 weeks with her severely disabled daughter was ruined.

She said many people did not observe a request to keep a two-hour slot in the day free for elderly or compromised people.

Daisy McDonald (7) is wheelchair-bound and has Rett Syndrome, with combined symptoms of cerebral palsy, Parkinson's, epilepsy and lung disease.

She also suffered a broken leg during lockdown as she was being lifted into bed.

For Daisy and her mother Lynn, Wednesday was going to a big day.

"It was going to be our first day in 11 weeks to leave the garden and do one lap of Bushy Park in Templeogue," said Lynn.

They chose to go between 1.30pm and 3.30pm because Dublin councils have designated that time for the elderly and those whose health is compromised.

"But when we got to the park it was just a free-for-all with family picnics, joggers and dog walkers everywhere.

"I just had to turn around and go home. Daisy cried all the way home."

Lynn previously set up a GoFundMe page to fund Daisy's palliative care needs, raising more than €20,000.

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"The public have been great to us, and maybe people aren't fully aware of the initiative of the park time... so I'm trying to make more people aware of how vital that time is."

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