A Longford man has been appointed as the new chairperson of the Irish branch of the European Anti-Poverty Network.
James Cawley is a well known disability activist and policy officer with Independent Living Movement Ireland.
The EAPN is a network of groups and individuals working for an end to poverty through strategies such as cooperation and lobbying of government towards action.
James plans to continue his work with the I.L.M.I while working with the European Anti-Poverty Network.
The Longford man hopes to bring his extensive experience working in the areas of accessibility and equality into his new role as EAPN chairperson:
Some disabled people might have barriers in getting into employment
They might not have the supports such as personal assistants or reasonable accommodations to get employment
This role will allow me to bring that string in the bow into represent disabled people who are a minority group experience poverty at such a high level.
LISTEN: Daniel Considine spoke to James about his plans for his new role: