Reopening of towns, cities raises accessibility issues

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The Irish Wheelchair Association said there are "a lot of problems" for wheelchair users in accessing the reopening of towns and cities.

Wheelchair users report difficulties around uneven or broken footpaths and the lack of dished kerbs.

Other common complaints include paths blocked by cars and bicycles, a lack of ramps, inadequate parking bays, and inaccessible toilets.

"We really welcome the opening of the cities and for businesses to try and get back and have a vibrant city again, but a big problem with outdoor dining is trying to facilitate people with all sorts of types of disabilities and this is not being done well," said Advocacy Manager Joan Carthy.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, she said that where streets have seen measures to allow for increased outdoor dining, this has often come at the expense of accessibility.


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