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Senator John Dolan welcomes announcement by Minister Ross today on greater role for disability community in public transport decisions

I welcome the announcement by Minister Ross today to the effect that all boards of public transport bodies will have at least one member who has personal knowledge and experience of the needs and difficulties of people with disabilities when using public transport. This is a highly significant announcement that will be welcomed by the entire disability community.

This announcement honors the daily-lived experience of our 643,000 citizens with disabilities - and it also shows that Minister Ross has listened to our views while on a “journey” to understanding the myriad of challenges faced by our community. Minister Ross has thankfully given leadership and example to all his cabinet colleagues at this moment of impending UNCPD ratification.”

In his address today the Minister said, “As a result of wide consultation with members of the disability community and with disability bodies striving to make an impact, I have decided that no public transport company in my department shall in future function without a minimum of one board member who has personal knowledge and experience of the needs and difficulties of people with disabilities using public transport. It is easy for financial experts to calculate the figures and allocate funds for more accessible buses and trains but ensuring those funds make a difference where it matters is much more challenging”

I now look forward to the detail of the Minister’s announcement today being implemented without delay. We have people with disabilities all around the country who will be more than willing to take on this management role and their input will be vital and relevant as we strive towards equality in the use of public transport for all.

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