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Sinn Féin hear concerns of visually impaired

10 October, 2012 - by Cathal Ó hOisín

Sinn Féin MLA and member of the Regional Development committee Cathal Ó hOisín has, along with the other Sinn Féin members of the committee, met with a number of visually impaired lobby groups who were in Stormont to highlight the training and usage of Guide dogs.

Speaking following the event Mr Ó hOisín said:

“This was a constructive and informative meeting where many issues that affect this section of our community were raised.

“Many of these can be rectified with a common sense and inclusive approach to planning our infrastructure. Issues include the lack of dropped curves with tactile paving slabs, shared spaces which allow for both pedestrians and vehicles, street furniture and the fact that electric cars are so quiet it is hard to hear their approach.

“It is through engagement such as these that we develop an understanding of what others in society need and issues that sometimes we take for granted, but can have a huge impact on sections of our society.”

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