John Dolan is originally from Tipperary and has polio since childhood. He has held the position of CEO of the Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) since 2000 and is a long established and passionate disability inclusion advocate. He secured a seat in the Seanad 2016 elections on the Administrative Panel. He spent 20 years as an employee of the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA).
John has a comprehensive understanding of issues across the disability movement and in his role as head of the DFI has served the interests of people with disabilities and their families in Ireland over the past seventeen years.
He has been active in the development of the National Disability Strategy and has been at the forefront of many innovative developments in the fight for inclusion for people with disabilities. He was also a member of National Economic and Social Council from 2003 until 2010.
Since his election to the Seanad he has availed of every posible opportunity to raise issues affecting persons with disabilities; including the non-ratification of the UN CRPD, Health, Accessible Transport, Education and Poverty. John is determined to represent the disability community, not just in the Seanad, but with all members of the Oireactas, especially members of the Government.