Kerry County Council receives 526,000 under National Disability Strategy Funding

Released: 16 January 2007

Mr Dick Roche TD, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, has announced an additional allocation of 26,000 to Kerry County Council, on top of the 500,000 allocated earlier in 2006.

This funding has been provided towards expenditure incurred by the Kerry Local Authorities in improving accessibility for disabled persons throughout the county.

Under the National Disability Strategy, all Local Authorities are required to carry out accessibility audits of all its services and to prepare an implementation plan to address any deficiencies arising.

Areas where the funding has been targeted includes improved access within County Buildings, Tralee, Listowel and Killarney Town halls, Cahirciveen Area Offices and footpath improvements throughout the county.

Mr Charlie O’Sullivan, spokesperson for Kerry County Council, outlined that Kerry County Council has substantially completed the accessibility audits required under the strategy and will be engaging with disability groups and persons with disabilities in the preparation of an implementation plan over the next few months.

The work of the Kerry Local Authorities in promoting access for persons with disabilities has been acknowledged nationally, having won the O2 Ability Awards in the public sector in 2005 and 2006.

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

Phone: (066) 718 3500     Email: info@kerrycoco.ie

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