Cork backs campaign to make way for people with disability
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.
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.