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Wake Up to the Attack on People with Disabilities

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14/11/2008

15 staff members of the Equality Authority are to move immediately to an advance (temporary) office in Roscrea.

When these staff get there they will find an office that is 2 km outside Roscrea without footpaths or public transport; a building that is inaccessible for people with disabilities; and a Public Information Centre which relies on a telephone system which crashes with more than three calls on the line.

How will people like Des Murphy, who is legally blind, make his way to the new Equality Authority safely? He won a case against a local authority because it had switched off audible traffic lights making it impossible for him to negotiate a town he already knew.

On behalf of people with disabilities, we are asking politicians to wake up to the attack on equality and human rights in Budget 2009.

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Equality & Rights Alliance (ERA)

68 organisations representing over 2 million people

Access Ireland

Age Action

Age and Opportunity

AKidWa

Amnesty International Irish section

Aontas

Banulacht

Barnados

Carers Association

Changing Ireland

Children’s Rights Alliance

Choice Ireland

Comhlámh

Community Platform

Community Workers Co-operative

Doras Bui

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre

European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland

Family Resource Centres National Forum

FLAC

Galway Refugee Support Group

GLEN

Greater Dublin Independent Living

Human Rights Centre, NUIG

Immigrant Council of Ireland

Inclusion Ireland

INOU

Integrating Ireland

Irish Association of Advocates

Irish Congress of Trade Unions

Irish Council for Civil Liberties

Irish Family Planning Association

Irish Nurses Organisation

Irish Penal Reform Trust

Irish Refugee Council

Irish Rural Link

Irish Traveller Movement

Jesuit Centre for Faith & Justice

Kerry Deaf Resource Centre

Kilbarrack CDP

Labour LGBT

LIR Anti Racism Training and Education Programme

MarriagEquality

Methodist Women of Ireland

Migrant Rights Centre Ireland

Nasc, the Irish Immigrant Support Centre

National Lesbian & Gay Federation

National Collective of Community Women’s Networks

National Traveller Women’s Forum

National Women’s Council of Ireland

National Youth Council of Ireland

Northside Community Law Centre

Older Women’s Network

One Family

OPEN

Pavee Point

People Before Profit Alliance

Safe and Legal (in Ireland) Abortion Rights Campaign

SIPTU

TASC

Transgender Equality Network Ireland

The Wheel

Treoir

TUI

UCD School of Social Justice

Union of Students in Ireland

Women’s Aid

Women Together Network