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Meetings and Activities:

Since my election as a Senator, I have held meetings in Leinster House with Multiple Sclerosis Ireland; Age Action; Rehab; the Irish Wheelchair Association; Muscular Dystrophy Ireland; European Multiple Sclerosis Platform; Mental Health Reform; Neurological Alliance; Ann Sullivan Centre; Debra Ireland; Irish Society of Charted Physiotherapists; Disability Federation of Ireland; Asthma Ireland and Epilepsy Ireland.

I am especially keen to meet disability-based organisations and to work with them to build stronger and more inclusive communities.I am also happy to facilitate tours of the Oireachtas for disability or community groups and I am a strong believer in making our national parliament open to all out citizens.

Ice Cream Fundays Party in Leinster House - Wednesday July 3rd

I was once again delighted to host the HB Hazelbrook Farm Ice Cream Fundays Party in Leinster House on Wednesday July 3rd, where politicians joined by children from Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI), came together to enjoy some ice- cream and raise much-needed funds in the process. As part of the HB Fundays campaign, Down Syndrome Ireland is calling on the Government to fund the future roll out of a vital early years programme for children which supports speech and language development, giving children a positive start to their education.

This year, DSI and HB Hazelbrook Farm hope to raise in excess of €300,000 from the HB Fundays campaign, with funds raised this year going towards increased support for families of children with Down syndrome. The money raised will really help to accelerate funding for two specific programmes – See & Learn, which promotes speech and language development and aids communication in children with Down syndrome and ‘Parent-Link’, a local support service for new parents of babies with Down syndrome, provided by parent volunteers who will be trained and supported by Down Syndrome Ireland.