In support of ‘Make Way Day’ on the 26th of September the Green Party have called on local authorities to re-imagine how access and enforcement is implemented on Dublin’s streets. Dublin Central representative Neasa Hourigan urged all local authorities, businesses, and residents to support the campaign and outlined the serious challenges facing those with mobility impairment who wish to move about the city. Neasa runs the Twitter and Instagram pages ‘DublinBlockers’ which highlights path obstructions and is a full-time carer to a child with a mobility impairment.
“Dublin streets are experiencing a crisis of enforcement in parking and antisocial use of the street. The current system of clamping cars has demonstrably failed to keep streets free from obstructions.
“At the Green Party Think In this September the launch of our Commuters Charter highlighted one of our key policy points on disability and the urban realm. We propose the creation of a specialist roles, Street Wardens, within each existing local authority to optimise the street and civic environment for the benefit of persons with disabilities. Such wardens would be enabled to issue fines for both parking and dog fouling. We also propose that this role would include engagement across departments and address issues such as obstructions caused by the operation of businesses onto the street and insufficiently regulated private waste collection.
“Everyone has a right to use our city’s streets. To safeguard this principle we should seek to develop pedestrian routes, public spaces, and amenities that allow all citizens to inhabit our country’s built environment based on preference rather than necessity. A significant percentage of the disabled community that suffer mobility impairment do not require physical aids, such as a wheelchairs or canes, but require streetscapes and surfaces that are well designed and legible.”
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