Thank you to our friend and passionate disability rights campaigner John Dolan.
We were shocked and saddened that our friend and passionate disability rights campaigner John Dolan lost his seat at recent 2020 Seanad election – we have lost an important independent voice on disability issues in the political arena.
For the past four years, Senator John Dolan worked tirelessly at making the case for every department and public body to progress inclusion for people with disabilities.
As an exemplary campaigner for disability rights, Senator Dolan has pushed forward a number of policies and programmes through both The Dail and Seanad, to name a few:
- The Health, Education and Social Protection committees worked together on employment activation.
- The Transport committee hearing on the inaccessibility of all forms of public transport.
- The Petitions Committee on Personal Assistance.
- UNCRPD ratified.
For Down Syndrome Ireland as an organisation, Senator Dolan always extended a warm invitation to The Dáil for us to express and highlight the needs of our members and their families – and to take part in our national HB Funday’s campaign to help spread awareness around the complex needs for all people with Down syndrome with our political leaders.
During his time as Senator Dolan did an outstanding job in his role advocating on behalf of the disability sector, with a legacy that focused on improving the lives for those with disabilities and their families throughout Ireland.
Mr. Dolan remains as CEO of Disability Federation of Ireland and we look forward to continuing to work with him and advancing the rights of people with disabilities in Ireland.
Thank you Mr Dolan for all your hard work and endless positive support.
From all the Team at DSI.