Vice President of Paralympics Ireland Denied Vote as Polling Station was Not Wheelchair Accessible 5 years ago

Vice President of Paralympics Ireland Denied Vote as Polling Station was Not Wheelchair Accessible

This is absolutely appalling.

With many candidates citing equality and fairness as a concern, its shocking to hear that citizens were denied the right to vote because of accessibility issues.

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Vice President of Paralympics Ireland and retired athlete, Eimear Breathnach, was amongst a selection of voters who were unable to vote.

Taking to Twitter she said:

It quickly became apparent that she was not the only one affected, with other twitter users sharing their experiences.

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The reaction was one of outrage. Some senators and councilors responded but ultimately it came down to Eimear’s brother orchestrating an entrance through fire escapes and bins.

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Martin Naughton of the Disability Federation of Ireland, spoke about the lack of accessible polling stations last week.

In The Examiner he stated:

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“It is a disgraceful fact that for schooling purposes and voting purposes these buildings do not have access for all,

“I really hope that the returning officers do all they can to ensure everyone can gain access to their polling station, or facilitate people in some other way,

“It is imperative we are all entitled to exercise our franchise. This demonstrated again how many people are excluded from everyday life.”

We have reached out to Eimear to comment more on the situation.

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