Transport for All
Clare Leader Forum in Partnership with Clare Citizens Information Centre
Temple Gate Hotel, 26th May 2017, 10.30am – 1.30pm
10.30am Welcome, Dermot Hayes
10.45am Transport in Perspective, Martin Tobin
10.55am Accessible Local Travel Options, Clare Bus
11.15am Knowing your Transport Entitlements, Citizens Information Centre
11.45am Transport for Independent Living, Clare Brothers of Charity
12.00pm Accessible Air Travel, Shannon Airport
12.20pm A User’s Perspective:
– Padraic Hayes
– Michael Lonergan
12.40pm Accessible Bus Travel, Bus Eireann
TRANSPORT FOR ALL
People with Disabilities are coming together on May 26th to highlight their continual exclusion from society
through lack of accessible transport options.
On the 26th of May, we people with disabilities in association with the Clare Citizens Information Centre, will come together to highlight the inaccessibility of the Irish transport network. This year we have been promised by the Irish government that our human rights will finally be recognised through ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with a Disability. Some 25 years after the introduction of Independent Living in Ireland we question the progress we have made when our basic access to society is still severely restricted through an outdated and inaccessible transport network.
On Friday May 26th, the Clare Leader Forum who work, with the support of the Center for Independent Living (CIL), to provide an independent voice on disability issues, are encouraging all people with disabilities to come together and highlight this growing issue. Dermot Hayes, who is a representative of the Forum, believes that this meeting is vital as “Equality for all when it comes to accessing publicly funded accessible transport is an issue for many people in county Clare and beyond. Because of our limited income, we, as people with disabilities, cannot continually afford to access private transport. We are very reliant on public services and the truth is they are far from adequate”.
Padraic Hayes, Chairperson of the Clare Leader Forum, is calling on the Minister for Transport to “help ease the isolation and loneliness people with disabilities are experiencing daily – people have become prisoners in their own homes and the state has an obligation to address this”. Although the Forum recognises that progress has been made in the last 25 years there are still major improvements to be made and for this to happen the government need to listen to the issues people are experiencing. The reality is that ‘’getting out of home independently of one’s family is impossible, to meet up with friends, go looking for a job or socialising is just not an option.’’
The Clare Leader Forum are calling on all people with disabilities, their supporters, families and friends to come together on the 26th of May, in the Temple Gate Hotel Ennis from 10.30 to 2pm. Several keynote speakers will be available on the day including representatives from the Brothers of Charity, Clare Bus, Shannon Airport, and Bus Eireann.
Everyone is welcome on the day and if you would like any further information or have any specific requirements for the day please contact Dermot Hayes on 086 1731955.