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Shannon councillor leads call for installation of wheelchair swings in playgrounds

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A Shannon councillor has led the call for wheelchair swings to be added to playgrounds to make “all children feel welcome”.

Installation of a wheelchair swing at the playground in Shannon was requested by Cllr Donna McGettigan (SF) in a recent motion to the Shannon Municipal District. She appealed for a source of funding to be obtained to carry out the proposal.

“We really should have our playgrounds all inclusive and this would go a long way to making all children feel welcome,” McGettigan outlined.

Senior executive engineer, Aidan O’Rourke confirmed in response that the proposal would be progressed “with a view to identifying a suitable location and obtaining prices for such an installation with a source of funding to be identified”.

Speaking at the meeting, the Belfast native stressed the importance of fostering a spirit of inclusivity at amenities in the county and acknowledged that children with sensory issued would need a specific playground. The proposal was seconded by Cllr Gerry Flynn (IND).

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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