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Ni Chuilin Welcomes Guide Dog Association 30 Years Of Independence

8 October, 2014 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

Culture Minister and North Belfast MLA Carál Ni Chuilin has praised the work of the Guide Dog Association in the Assembly as the charity celebrated 30 years in the North of Ireland.

 Ms. Ní Chuilín said,

 “There’s absolutely no doubt of the invaluable work the Guide Dog Association have done over the last thirty years while located here in the North.

 “Independence and increased mobility for people with sight impairments are crucial in ensuring fuller participation in society and improving quality of life.

 “The announcement that Translink are making their contribution to the campaign for a more inclusive environment for people with disabilities by launching a new Metro scheme is very much to be welcomed.

 “I’ve worked for many years with my colleague and Political Advisor who is a Guide Dog user and know only to well the many challenges he faces daily.

 “Government must make every effort to break down the many barriers that confront people with disabilities in their daily lives.

 “These include the scourge of pavement furniture, cars parked on pavements and issues of access that so many years on from the introduction of the Disability Discrimination Act still remain.

 “Of course its no surprise that many people that I spoke to at today’s event are outraged at the impact the immoral Tory cuts agenda is currently having on people with disabilities in Britain.

 “They are rightly fearful of how those same cuts would impact here in the North so it’s vital we stand up together to fight that savage cuts agenda given our higher levels of disability locally.

 “Today was very much a positive celebration of 30 years of independence for many people here in the North that the Guide Dog Association have provided and they deserve the highest of praise for the work they do which increasingly ranges beyond the field of the provision and training of assistance dogs.”

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