Lord Mayor Gilliland: “Accessibility and inclusion should be at the heart of all our policies”

Wheelchair-friendly beach mats have been rolled out at Dollymount Strand in Dublin, which will give wheelchair and mobility scooter users greater access to the North Bull Island Nature Reserve and beach areas.

The specially designed mats extend 125m onto the beach from the end of Causeway Road and will allow wheelchair users greater movement across the sand.

Dublin City Council anticipates that the mats will be extended further along the beach in future years.

North Bull Island also has a free beach wheelchair rental service. Two types of beach-safe wheelchairs, the DeBug and Hippocampe, can be rented between 10am and 6pm seven days a week during the bathing season from June 1st to September 15th.

Lord Mayor of Dublin Alison Gilliland said: “I wholeheartedly welcome the addition of this important resource here on Dollymount Strand, at the heart of Dublin Bay Biosphere. Accessibility and inclusion should be at the heart of all our policies, and Dublin City Council is committed to making Dublin and its amenities more accessible for its citizens, particularly those with additional mobility needs.”

 

Source: Irish Times. Photo credit: Alan Betson