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“Today promises to be the dawn of a new era
– an era in which disabled people will no longer have to endure the discriminatory practices and attitudes that have been permitted to prevail for all too long. This Convention is a remarkable and
forward-looking document,”
Kofi Annan
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Welcome to Senator John Dolan's website

I welcome you all to this website, especially members and supporters of the disability community in Ireland.

I sought election to the Seanad as a single issue candidate. I have dedicated all of my work and efforts in supporting people with disabilities and their families and carers during my time here.

It is an honour to represent the disability community in every possible way as a member of Seanad Éireann. I have continually raised disability inclusion issues in the Seanad, in Oireachtas Committees, and with members of the Government and Oireachtas whenever possible, and in the media as opportunities emerged.

I took a central role in pushing for the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by the Government. Now with ratification in place I am working hard to ensure that every government department and local authority is aware of the urgent need to fund and resource the commitments that flow from ratification.

In my ongoing fight to ensure that people with disabilities can actively participate as full citizens in our society I am currently focusing on issues related to community services, public transport, housing, education, employment and the many challenges faced by so many in the disability community.

I continue to meet and work with people with disabilities along with the many disability organisations that represent them.

Be assured of my firm commitment to continue the fight for people with disabilities during my time in the Seanad.

Regards,
John

Winter 2018 Newsletter

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Senator John Dolan says “the Abuse of Designated Parking Spaces for People with Disabilities is Deplorable” 27.02.19

At 12pm today (Feb 27th) Senator John Dolan will speak at the ‘Irish Wheelchair Association’s Tipperary Resource Outreach Centre’ on the abuse of Disabled Parking Spaces by members of the able bodied community. The event being held in Brodeen, Cashel Road, Tipperary Town, has an overall objective of raising local awareness on all matters relating to Disabled Parking Permits and Spaces.

 

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More than one in seven Laois people have a disability 23.02.19

A total of 11,393 people with one or more disabilities and 3,581 carers live in Laois.

These figures were presented by Independent senator John Dolan, who is CEO of the Disability Federation of Ireland.
He said that across Ireland 643,131 people, or 13.5% of the population have one or more disabilities.

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Responses from Presidential Election Candidates on disability inclusion 23rd Oct'18

Two weeks ago I contacted all presidential election candidates asking how they could as our President contribute to disability inclusion, if elected. I firmly hold the view that despite the perceived limitations of the office, our President can be a powerful and important advocate for the 643,000 member disability community.

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Latest News / Media

Senator John Dolan says “the Abuse of Designated Parking Spaces for People with Disabilities is Deplorable” 27.02.19

At 12pm today (Feb 27th) Senator John Dolan will speak at the ‘Irish Wheelchair Association’s Tipperary Resource Outreach Centre’ on the abuse of Disabled Parking Spaces by members of the able bodied community. The event being held in Brodeen, Cashel Road, Tipperary Town, has an overall objective of raising local awareness on all matters relating to Disabled Parking Permits and Spaces.

 

Read more ...

More than one in seven Laois people have a disability 23.02.19

A total of 11,393 people with one or more disabilities and 3,581 carers live in Laois.

These figures were presented by Independent senator John Dolan, who is CEO of the Disability Federation of Ireland.
He said that across Ireland 643,131 people, or 13.5% of the population have one or more disabilities.

Read more ...

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RT @harrymcgee: Whoever decided in Derry to start shooting last night has to take full consequence for their actions. It's pathetic to try…

@SenatorJDolan

Delighted to meet up with my former @IrishWheelchair colleague - Cllr Terry O Brien @labour to discuss… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

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Here in Kerry County Council @countykerry. Thanks to councillors for their warm welcome and commitment to disabilit… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

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This morning I am in Tralee for the meeting of Kerry County Council @countykerry Looking forward to meeting council… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…