Move to give Killiney ‘beach wheelchairs’ welcomed

by Gazette Reporter

People Before Profit councillor for Dun Laoghaire, Dave O’Keeffe, has welcomed the announcement that Killiney beach is to be given beach wheelchairs in the accessibility works for the constituency.

Cllr O’Keeffe, who has been campaigning for improved beach accessibility since 2015 said: “This really is fantastic, the works that are due to be carried out across all of our beaches will make a huge difference to the quality of life of a lot of people who live in the area.

One of the wheelchairs that will be available on Killiney Beach.

“Until then, the beach wheelchair scheme on Killiney Beach will open up our beaches to a huge amount of people who would never have been able to access them.”

In what is the first phase of improved accessibility works across all of the counties beaches this summer, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council will have a beach wheelchair available for use at Killiney beach.

Wheelchair users will be able to make a booking through the civic hub and will then be able to swap their own wheelchair for one which is more suited for use on beaches.

Cllr O’Keeffe went on to say: “This beach wheelchair is just the first phase in a beach accessibility programme from Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council which will carry out a body of work on Sandycove, Salthill, and Killiney, which will substantially improve access to the beaches of Dun Laoghaire for locals who are living with a disability and who find it all but impossible to manoeuvre around beaches as it is.

“With the government not willing to fully implement the UNCRPD and the optional protocol, it will be up to all of us to fight for real equality in this country real change will not come without a people power movement demanding it.”

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