Republican News · Thursday 15 June 2000

[An Phoblacht]

Cross-border disability project visits Dáil

A cross-border project promoting the participation of people with disabilities in public life this week visited Leinster House, where they were hosted by Cavan/Monaghan TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin. The group, which included representatives from the border counties and the North, met with the Minister of State for Equality and Disabilities, Mary Wallace.

The Oasis Project visited Leinster House on 13 June and members discussed with TDs and the minister the need for increased accessibility, better transport, employment and training opportunities for people with disabilities. There was special emphasis on the need for cross-border cooperation on these issues.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said he was glad to host the delegation and commented: ``People with disabilities are totally under-represented in public life. Their numbers are very few in both elected positions and in administration. Bodies that determine policies and services for people with disabilities do not have the benefit of direct input from those directly affected. The Oasis Project is part of the effort to ensure that people with disabilities are represented in the mainstream of public life. It gives them the opportunity to experience the process of decision-making and law-making at first hand.''

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