ENOUGH IS ENOUGH – DISABLED IN DONEGAL SUFFER FROM CUTS, CLAIM


first_imgThe Donegal Network of People With Disabilities in Ireland Ltd (PWDI) is calling on the Government to implement their pre-election promises and stop their continuous cuts to services and benefits for people with disabilities.Mr Eddie Crawford, chairperson of the network says “Over this past few months our members have experienced cuts to their phone credits and the number of free electricity units. Our members are also having to pay travels charges to attend HSE training centres” and goes on to say “enough is enough”.The last two budgets have seen disability benefits cut from 204 euros to 188 euros. More recently people attending training centres are now being charged 3euros per trip which equates to a further 15euro per week off their benefit even though they have free travel passes. The HSE North West originally provided this service free of charge but when handing over the responsibility to the Rural Transport Initiative, recommended this fee to be imposed. Donegal is the only county where this fee is being charged.“Without any consultation what so ever” Mr Crawford says “The minister has reduced the electricity allowance by 100 units per billing period and has cut the telephone allowance by approx. 3 euro per bill.”Cuts to Special Needs Assistants (SNA’S) by up to 6500 are/will also have a detrimental effect on the education of students with disabilities and also an extra workload on their teachers, recognised as having the largest class sizes in the country. “Again” Mr Crawford says “this is totally against the principals of the Disability Act of 2005 and equality legislation”.Under the Disability Act of 2005 and the Departments Sectoral Plan, Local Authorities are obliged to have all of their facilities accessible to people with disabilities by the year 2015, but In a letter to the Donegal Local Authority the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government has directed that the extra funding required to meet this deadline will not available in 2011.  He has also instructed the Authority to meet their target on time. As Chairman of the Councils Disability Advisory Group, Mr Crawford says “Without this funding it will be impossible for any Local Authority to meet this deadline”.The progress that had been achieved over the years by the representation of various disability organisations in the county and in particular PWDI in the deinstitutionalisation of people with disabilities has also been struck a blow by the cuts to home help and personal assistants resulting in people with disabilities having little or no social interaction/activity in the area in which they live which has the feeling of going from one institution to another (their home!).Mr Crawford says  “ People with disabilities are constantly living in fear of what next will be cut, “ Rumours” he says “ are having an adverse effect on our members. Possible reduction of personal hygiene and sanitary items by the HSE and further cuts in the forthcoming budget to their benefits has to stop. Government must move swiftly to stop these rumours and assure our members that not alone will there be no further cuts but (in consultation with disability organisations) move to restore the cuts they have already made”The Donegal Network of PWDI are also calling on our local County Councillors to submit our requests to central government and that all of  our county TD’s & Senators put aside their political allegiances  and unite as one when in Dublin to ensure that this marginalised group in Irish society be treated in a fairer and more respectful way.People With Disabilities in Ireland ltd. (PWDI) is a National Voluntary Organisation run by persons with disabilities, their families and carers who strive to ensure that the disability voice is heard at all levels of society and the decision making  process ENOUGH IS ENOUGH – DISABLED IN DONEGAL SUFFER FROM CUTS, CLAIM was last modified: October 8th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DOORMAN SHOWS REMARKABLE COURAGE TO FORGIVE MAN WHO BLINDED HIM


first_imgA well-known doorman who was blinded in one eye after being glassed has asked a judge not to hand down a severe sentence to the man who attacked him.Sean Gallagher forgave the man who glassed him in the face. Pic copyright of Northwest News Pics.Sean Gallagher lost the sight in his right eye when he was glassed by Ian Balfour in the Central Bar in February last year. Balfour, a father-of-four from Enniskillen, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday.Judge Matthew Deery adjourned the case until today after hearing that Balfour was offering Mr Gallagher €5,000 in compensation.He suggested that the offer would need to be increased to allow for Mr Gallagher to get on with his life after hearing he was no longer able to work at the Central Bar.Before Judge Deery passed sentence today, Mr Gallagher took to the stand and addressed the court.He said “I want to inform you that I don’t want to see Mr Balfour getting a severe sentence. I fully accept his apology and I want the matter closed.”Barrister for Balfour, Peter Nolan, informed the court that the offer of compensation from Mr Balfour was now €51,000 which he had gather from family and friends.The court was told that this did not affect a separate High Court case being pursued by Mr Gallagher.Judge Matthew Deery said that he was happy to see that Mr Balfour’s family had “put their best foot forward” on the matter.He said that considering all the circumstances he was sentencing Balfour to three years in prison but suspended the sentence for three years.Mr Balfour’s family wept at the back of the court as the sentence was passed.Judge Deery told Balfour “You are lucky to escape a custodial sentence and it is due to the good will of Mr Gallagher.”The men met outside and shook hands with eachother.DOORMAN SHOWS REMARKABLE COURAGE TO FORGIVE MAN WHO BLINDED HIM was last modified: July 17th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BlindCentral BardonegaldoormanglassIAN BALFOURletterkennysean gallagherlast_img read more