Athy local election candidate pledges to advocate for disability rights

Samantha Kenny

Paula Campbell

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Athy local election candidate pledges to advocate for disability rights

Social Democrat local election candidate for Athy, Samantha Kenny, who is running in the local elections this May has vowed to support people with disabilities as part of her campaign.

“I have signed up to be an advocate for people with Disabilities if elected to Kildare County Council in May,” Samantha said, whose daughter Ava has Wolf Hirschhorn syndrome, a rare genetic syndrome.

“I believe a clear commitment to people with disabilities should be written into Kildare County Council’s next County Development Plan, and if elected I will lead the charge on this.” 

"As a parent of children with disabilities, I know first hand how difficult every day life can be made by lack of inclusion - but also how simple measures can enable people with disabilities to participate more fully in decision making and access services and facilities that most people take for granted. In Kildare County, 13% of the population, or 27,768 people, have at least one disability. We know from the latest Census that the vast majority of these residents have a chronic illness or difficulties with basic physical activities. Yet, supports to help integrate people with physical difficulties are seriously lacking in our county council.” 

The local elections will take place in Kildare on May 24, 2019.

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