A wheelchair user has said he sometimes has to put his life in his hands by going out on the road - because of obstacles on the footpath such as sandwich boards, bins, and parked cars.
An increase of 32,000 people going onto disability allowance over the past five years has been described as “very disturbing” by the Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI), which also says the high number of applications rejected is “very disheartening”.
Advocacy groups have criticised a new multibillion euro Government plan to help people with disabilities by labelling it a “missed opportunity” that is “short on vision” and fails to address chronic poverty among those affected.
People with disabilities are “second-class citizens” when it comes to public transport, according to one advocacy group which criticised a ruling that it is “reasonable” to expect wheelchair users will give more than 24 hours’ notice if they plan on taking a bus.
People with disabilities living in local authority housing and in need of a housing adaptation grant feel they are being discriminated as some local authorities have access officers while others don’t, with funds key to the matter, says .
Critical care standards at the Áras Attracta disability centre in Mayo were not being met a month after footage emerged showing residents being fore-fed, kicked and slapped, an inspection by the Health Information and Quality Authority found.
Health Minister Leo Varadkar has claimed the HSE’s budget plans for next year mean the "battered and bruised" system is finally being nursed back to health, despite fears it will not address chronic waiting list and emergency department problems.
Cancer patients have criticised the Government’s high-profile medical card system reform plan, warning the changes have failed to change the focus on an applicant’s income, have left people in the dark and effectively allow the Coalition to "put a plaster over a wound that needs urgent surgical attention".
On 31 March of this year the Constitutional Convention recommended to the Government, by an overwhelming majority of 85%, that economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights, such as healthcare, housing and social security, be given enhanced protection in the Irish Constitution.