Seanad Elections 2016
John Dolan, CEO Disability Federation of Ireland, Elected to Seanad Éireann
Counting for the Seanad Elections concluded on Thursday, 28th April 2016 and it was officially announced that John Dolan, CEO Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) was elected to Seanad Éireann and appointed to the Administrative Panel.
Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) welcomes the appointment of John Dolan to the Administrative Panel of Seanad Éireann, where he will provide representation of vocational and civil society including people with disabilities.
IWA was one of 16 nominating bodies on the Seanad Éireann Administrative Panel. This year, in an historic move, 10 organisations from the Seanad Administrative Panel came together to work on an election initiative to secure independent voices within Seanad Éireann.
The organisations that took part in this initiative were the Center for Independent Living (CIL), Central Remedial Clinic (CRC), Co-operative Housing Ireland, Deafhear, Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI), Enable Ireland, Inclusion Ireland, Irish Foster Care Association (IFCA), Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) and MS Ireland.
Speaking about his appointment John Dolan said:
I am indebted to all those around the country who had faith in me and who want to see the voice of the 600,000 people living in Ireland who have a disability, represented strongly. I trust that the new Dáil and Seanad, along with my support, will make ground-breaking developments in the inclusion of disabled people and their families.
The support and work of disabled folk and their families around the country was critical and it often kept me going throughout the campaign. I will do everything possible to ensure that the voice of those with disabilities is heard in the corridors of power.
IWA supported John Dolan throughout his campaign for election and wish him all the best in his work through the Seanad.
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