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Donabate Now Included In Beach Wheelchair Scheme

Beach BuggyFingal County Council launched it's beach friendly wheelchair on Portmarnock Strand last year. County Mayor at the time Cllr. Darragh Butler and local resident Joan Lupton are pictured enjoying the sea.

Local Fianna Fáil TD, Darragh O’Brien has welcomed the expansion of the 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 the North County 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, O’Brien said, “It is excellent news that the County Council has announced the expansion of its pilot beach wheelchair initiative, which was launched in Portmarnock last summer. This service is free of charge and the Donabate wheelchairs service will be managed by the Waterside Hotel.”

“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 Velvet Strand, Portmarnock.

“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.”

“I look forward to seeing wheelchair users on the beach before the summer is out,” concluded O’Brien.