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first_imgBus Eireann has confirmed that the bus route between Letterkenny and Dublin will be fully wheelchair accessible by the end of 2013.The news has been welcomed by Letterkenny Town councillor Jimmy Kavanagh who has been campaigning on the issue.“This is great news for wheelchair users.The route between Letterkenny and Dublin is a very busy route, serving the airport and many health services in the capital city, and is widely used by people with physical disabilities,” he said. The absence of a rail service in Donegal means that there is no alternative for many wheelchair users. The route also serves two other counties Tyrone and Monaghan which do not have rail services said Cllr. Kavanagh.“At the moment wheelchair users cannot travel alone without depending on the goodwill of fellow passengers, and although the Bus Eireann drivers are always very helpful, they are limited in what they can do, without a proper wheelchair lift.He added tt is also very difficult for wheelchair users to avail of the break in Monaghan to get refreshments or to use toilet facilities, as this involves the hassle of getting off the bus retrieving their wheelchair from the luggage, and re boarding the bus, with the result that many wheelchair passengers don’t have any break during the four hour journey.“I’m delighted that Bus Eireann have now decided to include this route for urgent upgrading to fully wheelchair accessible. I have been working with Deputy Joe McHugh T.D. on the issue and I would like to thank him for his help, I would also like to thank the Town Council for supporting my recent motion on this issue, and the members of the Donegal Irish Wheelchair Association ho highlighted the importance of making the route accessible.” concluded Cllr. Kavanagh.  LETTERKENNY ROUTE WILL BE WHEELCHAIR FRIENDLY BY 2013 was last modified: July 15th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bus eireannCllr Jimmy Kavanaghlast_img read more

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FIFA Orders Iran to Allow Women Free Access to Football Stadiums

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Paris: In the wake of the ‘Blue girl’ incident where a woman killed herself after being arrested trying to access a football stadium a FIFA delegation has demanded Iran allow women free unlimited access to stadiums.FIFA travelled to Iran ahead of the weekend for talks on the matter of women and football and released a statement Sunday. “FIFA has reiterated its firm and clear position that women need to be allowed to enter football matches freely and that the number of women who attend the stadiums be determined by the demand, resulting in ticket sales,” it said.The Islamic republic has barred female spectators from football and other stadiums since 1981, with clerics arguing they must be protected from the masculine atmosphere and sight of semi-clad men.Sahar Khodayari, dubbed “blue girl” because of the colours of the team she supported, Esteghlal FC, was reportedly detained last year when trying to enter a stadium dressed as a man to watch them.She died of her injuries in a Tehran hospital after setting herself on fire outside a court in early September.The death of Khodayari sparked an outcry online, with many calling on world football’s governing body FIFA to ban Iran from international competitions and for fans to boycott matches. blue girlFIFAFootball stadiumiran First Published: September 22, 2019, 3:39 PM ISTlast_img read more