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  • Accessible Holidays
    Irish company offering tailor-made accessible holidays for people with disabilities to Tenerife, Lanzarote, Majorca and Italy.
    Accessible Holidays
    9 Shelton Grove
    Kimmage Road West
    Dublin 12
    Ph: 01-455 5675
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  • Accessible Ireland
    Accessible Ireland is a website that grades accommodation, restaurants, pubs, visitor attractions, venues,transport and amenities in Ireland according to their accessibility.
    www.accessibleireland.com

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Travel Advice and Safety Tips

Travelling with a disability is now commonplace and there is no reason why this should pose serious problems if good preparations are made. Adapting to unexpected situations is part of the challenge of travelling but advance knowledge of facilities available during travel and at your holiday destination can be very important.

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Rail Travel

Iarnród Éireann, a subsidiary company of a state-owned company, Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ), is responsible for operating rail services in Ireland. Iarnród Éireann falls under the remit of the Department of Transport. The company operates passenger rail services nationwide and provides commuter rail services, including the DART service in Dublin and the Arrow service from Dublin to Kildare. It is important that all Iarnród Éireann services are accessible and available to all members of the public and work has been underway to improve accessibility throughout the entire rail service in Ireland.

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5 Reasons why disabled people (passengers with reduced mobility – PRM) are concerned about air travel

Disabled people are described in the air travel industry as passengers with reduced mobility or PRM.

PRM are categorised further as “Romeo”, “Charlie”, etc. but less formal but equally descriptive, Airport Special Assist Services have been known to categorise PRM with terms like “Skip” or “crawl”.  I’m sure there is another way to describe disabled people travelling with airlines or using special assist services, the word is “Passengers”.  Practical or not, the language used tends to de-humanise but in a way that can reasonably be said to sum up the whole experience of flying for disabled people.  It is a somewhat frustrating mix of mechanical struggle with administrative irritation.

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Bus Travel

Public bus services in Ireland are licensed and regulated by the Department of Transport. There is a range of public bus transport services in Ireland (both private and State-owned) offering services on a range of routes. Coras Iompair Éireann (CIE) is a state company that operates the largest volume of services nationally - the following information about bus services in Ireland relates only to State-operated services.

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Air Travel

There are a total of nine airports in Ireland. Three of these airports - Dublin, Cork and Shannon - are owned by the Irish government and operated on its behalf by separate airport authorities. (That is, Dublin, Cork, and Shannon Airport Authorities). The other Irish airports at Waterford, Knock, Galway, Sligo, Donegal and Kerry are privately owned.

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Rights of disabled air travellers

If you're disabled or have reduced mobility that affects your ability to get about, you have certain rights under the Equality Act 2010 and also European Union law when you're travelling by air. If you're travelling outside the European Union, you should find out what help will be available from the airline and the airport where you're travelling.

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Free Travel

Everyone aged 66 and over living permanently in Ireland, is entitled to the free travel scheme. Certain people under that age are also entitled. In some cases, a free travel companion pass may be available to allow a person to accompany the free travel pass holder. If you qualify for free travel, you will be issued with a pass that you must carry with you when using public transport. Free travel passes are non-transferable and can only be used by the named person.

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Accessible Holidays

Tailor-made holidays for disabled people to.

Tenerife, Majorca, Lanzarotte, & Italy.

Holiday Package Includes:

Airport assistance and airport transfers in an adapted minibus and accessible hotel accommodation. Medical equipment and services also available.

John Geraty whose firm, Accessible Holidays, has brought the idea of a break from it all a step closer to those with disability for whom holidays available are to much like obstacle courser.

It was in June, 1995 that John Geraty set up Accessible Holidays, There had been a lot of talk of making everything more accessible. But nobody seemed to think of holidays.

From his own experience of disability he knew just how important holidays are. “You get caught in a routine, a rut, not of your own making, he says. For Everyone and especially a disabled person, it's very important to have something to look for-ward to.

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