One third of Ireland’s inaccessible polling stations in Kerry

Over a third of the inaccessible polling stations in Ireland are in Kerry.

The Disability Federation of Ireland has launched a campaign to stress the importance of the upcoming local and European elections to people with disabilities.

The group says people with disabilities face many unacceptable barriers to voting including inaccessible polling stations and a complex voting system for those with visual impairment.

Communications Manager with the DFI, Clare Cronin says over 13% of the population has a disability:

Kerry’s Returning Officer Padraig Burke has acknowledged issues with some polling stations but says the number of inaccessible locations in the county has fallen from 42 to ten.

Mr Burke says his office has no power to compel schools to makes necessary changes, which requires funding; he adds that many of the locations in question are in rural areas and would have been built a long time ago.

A Sinn Fein bill making access compulsory is making its way through the Oireachtas.