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By Michelle Crean

Members of the Irish Wheelchair Association's community centre in Killarney came together to highlight an issue of concern last week as part of a new national campaign.

'Think Ahead, Think Housing' is part of a national campaign tackling the shortage of social housing for people with disabilities, encouraging disabled people who don't live in a suitable home to apply to their local authority for accessible housing through www.iwa.ie/housing.

The campaign is working directly with Kerry County Council and local authorities nationwide, among others, so that people with disabilities across Ireland are fully included in social housing planning and building.

"5,000 people with disabilities in Ireland are currently waiting for social housing in Ireland," Terry O'Brien, Service Coordinator with Irish Wheelchair Association based in Killarney, said.

"But people with physical disabilities find it almost impossible to find accessible private rental accommodation throughout Ireland. They also cannot adapt rented accommodation to make it wheelchair liveable."

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A recent report has also revealed that nationwide 1,300 young and middle-aged people with physical disabilities have been forced to live in elderly nursing homes because of the lack of accessible social housing.

"That is an average of 50 people in Kerry, and in every county in Ireland who are stuck in a nursing home because there is no social housing for them. Their lives are wasting away."

'Think Ahead, Think Housing' is encouraging disabled people to state their current and future social housing needs now, by applying to their local authority through its newly revised housing application form which was published this summer.

“We know of disabled people waiting years on the housing list, with no idea of when a house will be available, and there are many more people living with parents and guardians or in nursing homes, as they cannot move out and move on. People with disabilities have a right to live independently in the community, but to date their needs have not been catered for. Most people with disabilities do not want to be dependent on relatives or elderly parents for accommodation as they grow older themselves, but they face barriers and discrimination that make getting a home of their own particularly difficult."

'Think Ahead, Think Housing' will advise people with disabilities about how to apply for a social house with their local authority by giving step-by-step advice.

Importantly, it will also support the Government to plan for the current and future housing gap that exists by encouraging people with disabilities to think ahead and register their future housing need now.”

For more details about how to apply to your local authority for social housing log onto www.iwa.ie/thinkhousing or contact your local authority.

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Artists invited to showcase work at Wine and Art night

It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November. The pandemic enforced its absence and now […]

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It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November.

The pandemic enforced its absence and now every effort is being made to make up for lost time.

Widely regarded as one of the social highlights of the year in Killarney, this year’s gathering will take place in the Great Southern Killarney on Wednesday, November 30, commencing at 7.15pm.

Tickets, which will be available at the door, are priced at €20 and all proceeds raised on the night will go to deserving local charities and community organisations.

Over the years the evening of wine and art has raised tens of thousands of Euro for great causes and the 2022 proceeds will be of enormous benefit to the chosen groups.

This year, once again, the event is being held in association with Daly’s SuperValu and supported by Killarney Brewing and Distilling Company.

Rotary Club President, Rayla Tadjimatova, has appealed to all artists who might like to showcase their work on the night to get in touch with club members, as soon as possible, to guarantee inclusion.

“We are reaching out not only to artists who have supported the event in the past but to any new artists who wish to take the opportunity to place their work in front of a very appreciative local audience of up to one thousand people on the night,” she said.

Those interested should email killarneyrotaryclub@gmail.com as soon as possible.

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Gardai seek whereabouts of missing Kerry teen

Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager. Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3). He is described as being […]

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Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager.

Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3).

He is described as being approximately 6ft in height, of a slim build with brown hair and green eyes. When last seen Nicolas was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a black hoody top. He was also carrying a black bag.

Anyone with information on Nicolas’ whereabouts is asked to contact Tralee Garda Station on 066 710 2300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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