Letterkenny Courthouse Parking Result
Good news for 2018
Local campaign proves successful
Great Result – The Court Service has agreed to provide two accessible parking spaces close to the main public entrance beside the drop off point.
The new courthouse has been built to BS 8300 standard as in Design of buildings and their ability to meet the requirements of disabled persons and disability access certificates. Brendan CEO at the Courts Service confirmed to Accessible Letterkenny that these spaces will be provided and has also confirmed that the Regional Manager Brendan McDonald will meet with Frank Larkin to discuss.
Accessible parking is the responsibility of the local authority, but the closest accessible parking is at Cafe Davitt or on the Port Road near An Grianan Theatre. Both these locations would require a wheelchair user or anyone with mobility issues to ascend or descend quite a slope. This would be pretty much impossible, even for our own intrepid campaigner Frank Larkin.
Frank will meet with Mr McDonald as soon as a meeting is set up by the Courts service. He wants to ensure that this parking is provided immediately, if the court is to be in session.
“Following the campaign by Accessible Letterkenny, with submissions to the Courts Service on this topic in 2017, we managed to get the issue highlighted locally and nationally. Highland Radios Nine till Noon Show Greg Hughes helped to get this aired, which made a big difference, as it created some awareness. Donegal News and Donegal Daily have both highlighted issues concerning the abuse of or the lack of provision of accessible parking in Letterkenny generally. This is a topic that will not go away until we see sufficient accessible parking and a culture where any such parking is not being abused.
Accessible Letterkenny was established in 2017 to provide access to any information that explains which facilities are provided in Letterkenny for people with any disability. The aim is to provide one location, a website, where we list every business and public facility, then show how they provide reasonable accommodation for people with a disability. This would include parking, but also all the services they provide and the facility in which they provide it. Braille menus, suitable toilet facilities, hearing loop, to name but a few.
This hyper local campaign, supported by our local media, ensured that the rights of our people with disabilites were not ignored. Local Councillors also supported our campaign including our County Mayor Gerry McMonagle, who personally made direct contact with the court Service Regional Manager. Councillors Jimmy Kavanagh and Michael McBride have also been vocal about the accessible parking issues in Letterkenny. People with disabilities need to be included in all aspects of our society and included at the planning stage, rather than being an afterthought.
Accessible Letterkenny is just getting started, but this small campaign shows how the contribution of people with disabilities is important and can result in positive change.
If you have an issue that needs to be highlighted please contact Frank Larkin 087 740 5617 on or Michael MacGinty 086 2510 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Frank will be speaking on the topic of Disability and Tokenism at a Peace 4 event in Derry on Feb 16th. He will also be representing us in Vienna at the Zero Project Conference as a positive advocate.