Cork backs cam­paign to make way for peo­ple with dis­abil­ity

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Cork County Coun­cil is among 15 lo­cal au­thor­i­ties en­dors­ing a dis­abil­ity day of ac­tion — Na­tional Make Way Day.

The cam­paign hopes to high­light the ev­ery­day ob­sta­cles faced by peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, such as cars or vans parked on a foot­path block­ing the way, bi­cy­cle/mo­tor­bikes chained to lamp­posts cre­at­ing a trip haz­ard for a vis­ually im­paired per­son and il­le­gally placed sand­wich boards, for­got­ten bins, bar­rels and other ob­struc­tions. The Make Way Day is ear­marked for Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 26.

Mayor of the County of Cork, wheel­chair user Cllr Patrick Ger­ard Mur­phy, re­ceived unan­i­mous sup­port of the coun­cil cham­ber in his mo­tion to par­tic­i­pate in the Make Way Day cam­paign.

“I am com­mit­ted to driv­ing for­ward the in­tro­duc­tion of the Make Way Day in or­der to high­light the ev­ery­day phys­i­cal ob­sta­cles that the 13% of the Ir­ish pop­u­la­tion face when try­ing to nav­i­gate the streets of our towns and vil­lages here in Cork,” he said. “Quite of­ten, it is a gen­uine lack of aware­ness and what Make Way Day sets out to achieve is for all of us to take a sec­ond to think of what we are do­ing and to be con­scious of the public spa­ces we all share.”

County towns and groups tak­ing part in­clude Castle­mar­tyr Fam­ily Car­ers and Dis­abil­ity Sup­port Group, Bantry Age Friendly, Ir­ish Wheel­chair As­so­ci­a­tion Mal­low, IRD Duhal­low and West Cork Part­ner­ship. The public can ex­pect to see the friendly #MakeWayDay stick­ers ap­pear­ing around towns and vil­lages, re­mind­ing ev­ery­one to make way for peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity. The cam­paign also com­prises a one-day so­cial me­dia blitz with posts trend­ing #MakeWayDay and #MakeWayCork

Peo­ple can show sup­port by tak­ing pho­tos and videos of ob­sta­cles they come across and shar­ing them on so­cial me­dia and by calling for na­tional recog­ni­tion of #MakeWayDay.

Pic­ture: David Keane

Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr Patrick Ger­ard Mur­phy at the launch of the first ever na­tional Make Way Day, which takes place on Septem­ber 26, with Aine O’Sul­li­van, Dis­abil­ity Fed­er­a­tion of Ire­land, left and Siob­han Morgan, Cork County Coun­cil ac­cess of­fi­cer.

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