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Minister Murphy must act on housing demands of disability rights groups - Eoin Ó Broin TD

4 July, 2019 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has welcomed the contribution of disability rights groups as they today outlined the challenges in accessing housing.

The Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) and The National Disability Authority today appeared in front of the Oireachtas Housing Committee.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“This morning the Housing Committee held the first of two hearings on the issue of Housing for People with a Disability.

"The Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) and The National Disability Authority outlined some of the challenges people with a disability face in accessing housing.

“The IWA made a series of recommendations to the committee aimed at tackling the inequality wheelchair users face when trying to access social housing.

“Simple administrative changes could be made in terms of revising the social housing application forms to record a wheelchair accessible housing requirement, and ensuring that the local authorities have the IT system in place to support this.

“In the meantime, every Local Authority should review its current social housing list and see how many people require wheelchair accessible housing.

"They should also plan for and ensure that that 7% of every social housing development is designed to be wheelchair accessible.
“Part M of the current building regulations should be reviewed, with input from the IWA, to include wheelchair accessible design specifications.
“All of these proposals are workable and Minister Eoghan Murphy must heed the housing demands of disability rights groups."

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