Kilkenny senior hurlers have added their support to the 'Disable Inequality' campaign which has been launched locally in the run up to the General Election.
There are 11,939 people with a disability living in County Kilkenny.
This is a grassroots movement election campaign that will engage the public and candidates across the Carlow/Kilkenny constiuency.
Two in three people know or care for an immediate family member, a friend or a neighbour living with a disability.
“This campaign is the first election campaign that gives people with disabilities and their families one focus and one voice.” stated PJ Cleere, Support Officer for the South East.
“ If someone with a disability in Kilkenny wants to travel to a match by train they have to give 24 hours notice just to ensure a ramp is available at the other end. Children with disabilities often can’t attend their local schools because of the lack of basic supports. Does that seem fair to you?” he added.
PJ continued “ In this year of election and reflection we must disable inequality forever. The power of this campaign is in people’s stories , so we have mobilised our grassroots to tell their stories, to highlight the inequalities faced, one story at a time.”
PJ stated “People with disabilities are among the poorest and most marginalized groups in the country. In County Kilkenny, only 29% of people with a disability of working age are working. 43% of children with a disability did not progress beyond primary education. People with disabilities can’t access many Government job activation schemes because they are not considered to be on the live register.
He concluded “We are asking the people of Kilkenny to do a few things. First, to go to www.disableinequality.ie and share their story of inequality, and encourage their friends and family to do the same. We want them to contact their local candidates from our website.
“And we want them to ask the candidates that knock on their door three powerful questions – What they will do to ensure: the appointment of a full minister for disability; that people with disabilities will have a fair income; and that people with disabilities have the same access to supports and services as everyone else. Disability needs to be a priority in the next Programme for Government. One vote at a time, we will disable inequality.”