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Local activist says Longford Town not accessible to disabled people

May 17, 2023 17:26 By Shannonside News
Local activist says Longford Town not accessible to disabled people
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Footpath conditions, curb height and poorly laid out accessibility infrastructure are some of the issues highlighted by the woman.

Longford Town is not accessible to people with disabilities according to a local community activist.

Maria Keatly is the Disability Rep for the Longford Public Participation Network and has highlighted several areas in need of significant attention to make them safe for people with disabilities.

Footpath conditions, curb height and poorly laid out accessibility infrastructure are some of the main issues recorded by the local woman.

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Speaking to Let's Talk, she says that people living with mobility issues are being put at risk when accessing the town:

'Somebody who's using a mobility scooter or a manual wheelchair they are really hard-pressed to get around this town. So say I wanted to go to Herterich's  to get meat and I'm up at the Market Bar, I've to walk the whole way back down as far as Boots to cross there. To come the whole way back up to Herterich's there is no access across from this left hand side looking up the market square. So I've to go the whole way back down to come up the other side which is absolutely ridiculous.'

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