Local Fianna Fáil TD, Darragh O’Brien has welcomed the expansion of the Fingal Beach Wheelchair initiative, which has been rolled out across beaches in the North County.
Specially adapted wheelchairs, which have wheels designed for sand, will be available at a number of popular beaches across Fingal this summer. The Beach Wheelchair Project will allow children and adult wheelchair users to get onto the sand and up to the water’s edge at their local beach.
Commenting on the announcement, Deputy O’Brien said, "It is excellent news that Fingal County Council has announced the expansion of its pilot beach wheelchair initiative, which was launched in Portmarnock last summer.
“I am delighted to see this scheme being extended by introducing access to a Hippocampe Beach Wheelchair in Balcarrick Beach in Donabate. Beach Wheelchairs are also now available at the lifeguard huts at South Strand beach, Skerries and also Velvert Strand, Portmarknock.
“These chairs which are specially designed for those with a disability or mobility restriction, to access and enjoy our beaches will provide wheelchairs users young and old with more independence in our area.
“Well done to Fingal County Council, local Councillor Adrian Henchy who sought support in expanding this project and the management and staff at The Waterside Hotel for their commitment to manage the scheme.
“I look forward to seeing wheelchair users on the beach before the summer is out,” concluded the Deputy.