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Ratifying UN laws on disability without appeal option ridiculous

Disabled People of Ireland say convention is ‘toothless’ without option to complain to UN Minister of State with Responsibilities for Disability Issues Finian McGrath said the convention offers “an opportunity... Read more

Weren t they very good to give you a job with the wheelchair

Exchanges I’ve had with strangers highlight the negative attitudes that still exist towards people with disabilities A couple of weeks ago I went to the hairdresser during my lunch break... Read more

People with disabilities and UN convention

Sir, – After an 11-year wait the Government brought a motion to the Dáil last week seeking ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities... Read more

Greens urge greater sanctions for misuse of disabled parking spots

Green Party candidate for Wexford, Ann Walsh, has welcomed the increase in fixed charge penalties for motorists illegally parking in disabled spots, but urged greater sanctions for the offence, as... Read more

Inventor claims new gadget will put end to selfish pavement parking by givi…

Yannick Read, 47, of Bristol, has created the 'Catclaw' and says it will save lives and could even stop terror attacks The Catclaw Pavement Protection System, a device that punctures... Read more

Council clamps down on illegal parking fixed penalty charges almost doubled

Donegal County Council has increased the cost of its fixed penalties for parking in a disabled parking bay without displaying a disabled parking badge. The fixed charge for parking in... Read more

I hope it is the first of many occasions on which I will take the Order of …

He is quite right. A commitment was given in this House by the Leader that such a debate would happen. I also agree with what he said about bringing in... Read more

What would you do with a degree in self driving cars.

TechWatch editor Emily McDaid sat down with Arity’s Eilish Bouse to discuss autonomous vehicles, smart cities and the future of commuting. Eilish Bouse is a data scientist at Arity. Clearly... Read more

Concerns raised on UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities

Disability campaigners say Ireland's ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities won't be enough by itself. The Dáil unanimously backed the ratification last night, making... Read more

Disabled parking penalty now EUR 150

A Cork campaigner has welcomed the recent sharp increase in the fixed charge for motorists who park in disabled bays without a permit. From March 1, the penalty increased from... Read more

All roads lead to Killarney as Auto Tech Worlds gear up for Electronomous 2…

Quentin Willson, former ‘Top Gear’ presenter and award-winning motoring journalist, who will host the event. An international line-up of experts from the automotive and technology industries will gather in Killarney... Read more

New parking fine without permit

The fine for parking in a disabled bay without displaying a valid permit has increased. The fixed charge will increase from €80 to €150, which motorists have 28 days to... Read more

The Disabled Drivers Association of Ireland (DDAI) was founded in 1970 by a group of wheelchair users committed to improving the lives of people with physical disabilities.

Based in Ballindine, Claremorris, Co. Mayo, the DDAI has over 5,000 members and 14 dedicated staff. We work to promote the treatment, training, education, rehabilitation and welfare of people living with a physical disability in Ireland.