Social Democrats candidate for the upcoming local elections, Cris Pender welcomes the news that the post office in Newbridge will be designed to cater for people with disabilities in the area.
"I contacted An Post recently to ask about their plans for accessibility and I've been assured that the post office will be accessible for people with mobility issues. It is incredibly important that everyone, no matter their ability is able to use public services such as An Post," he said.
He said the company responded to an email from the Newbridge-Kilcullen candiate stating: "In designing our new post office layout, which will be a modern concept office, we took full account of the needs of our customers with access issues. For some time new post office counters follow a design which was developed primarily in conjunction with the Irish Wheelchair Association to ensure full accessibility by any customer or staff member. This will continue in the new office."
An Post said the new Newbridge office will be largely open plan, enabling ease of access and movement for customers who are wheelchair bound or with mobility issues. The main doors to the post office will be of a design that will enable ease of use.
The Social Democrats have signed up to the #DisabilityVotesCount campaign, an initiative by the Disability Federation of Ireland. The campaign asks candidates to make disability issues a priority should they be elected to councils in May.
"With 13.5% of our population living with a disability and as we are an ageing population, we need to make sure that our towns and villages are as accessible as possible so that nobody is socially isolated and that people with disabilities are as independent as possible," said Cris.