Dáil debates

Thursday, 11 March 2021

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation


1:00 pm

Photo of Duncan SmithDuncan Smith (Dublin Fingal, Labour) | Oireachtas source

For many of us, life will return to some form of normality when restrictions ease. For those with profound mobility issues, however, it will not make much of a difference because their lives were the same before the Covid crisis. They live a life of permanent 5 km, or even tighter, restrictions. Acknowledging that there are only 15 changing places toilets in Ireland, the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage made a commitment to Senator Wall in the Seanad in December that a working group would be created to discuss this issue and that this group would meet within a week. Has that proposal been brought to Cabinet and is there any update on it? Major public consultations are taking places on plans for the Phoenix Park and other public places. We need changing places toilets to be rolled out across the country, in existing facilities and in new ones. I would appreciate priority being given to this issue by the Government.


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