Ap­peal for gardai to li­aise with dis­abil­ity groups

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS -

MAYOR Pio Smith and dis­abil­ity rights cam­paigner Michael O’Dowd handed in a let­ter to Drogheda Garda Sta­tion with lo­cal woman Maria McCabe on Satur­day, ex­press­ing frus­tra­tion with peo­ple park­ing on foot­paths.

Maria out­lined the prob­lems she faces in the let­ter to Supt An­drew Wat­ters:

‘ My name is Maria McCabe, I am a wheelchair user in the Drogheda area and live be­side the Drogheda in­sti­tute of Fur­ther Ed­u­ca­tion. In the past cou­ple of weeks cars have been park­ing on the foot­path be­side the Money­more en­trance all the way down to the boxing club.

‘The cars are a huge ob­struc­tion and are block­ing my path to get to town or wher­ever I need to go and block­ing my way to get home. It is not fair on me or any other per­son who is in a wheelchair nor is it fair on women with prams or pedes­tri­ans or to peo­ple who are vis­ually im­paired.

‘It is my un­der­stand­ing that it is an of­fence un­der the roads act to park a ve­hi­cle on a public foot­path. While I have no de­sire to see hard pressed driv­ers fined or pros­e­cuted it is im­por­tant that I am al­lowed live my life in­de­pen­dently and that means go­ing around the town with­out ob­struc­tion.

‘I would like to see some­thing done about this as this can’t go on for much longer. There has to be a long term so­lu­tion to this prob­lem so it does not hap­pen again. I would re­spect­fully sug­gest that a mem­ber of the Garda Traf­fic Corp would be given re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure that all the foot­paths of Drogheda are ac­ces­si­ble for vul­ner­a­ble pedes­tri­ans at all times.

‘This des­ig­nated of­fi­cer should li­aise with dis­abil­ity groups and be avail­able to act im­me­di­ately on com­plaints.’

Maria McCabe out­side Drogheda Garda Sta­tion with the Mayor of Drogheda Cllr. Pio Smith and dis­abil­ity ac­tivist Michael O’Dowd

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